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Ok, so we’ve set up an Econet Level 1 file server, so now we might as well kill it and have a Level 2 server instead.

Why bother? Well, Level 2 gives us usernames and passwords for a start, which makes it seem more like a proper system and doesn’t restrict the same station to having the same files all the time. Plus it allows us more storeage space.

What are we going to need? Well unlike Level 1, this time we need to have the seconds processor enabled, so file re up BeebEm and do “Hardware->Second Processor->65C02 Second Processor“.

As soon as you do this, the screen should change to show:

Acorn TUBE 6502 64K
Acorn DFS
BASIC
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We also need images of the Network Ulitilies Disc (included with BeebEm), and the File Server Master disc (not included with BeebEm – you can make one, but it won’t have the utilities on it, and so it won’t be any fun). The FSM disc is proving difficult to locate, but luckily you can get a combined disc over on the excellent BeebMaster site, on the page about building an Econet Level 2 Server. (Direct link to the zipfile).

Hang about, you may ask, why are you doing this page if there is already an admittedly excellent guide elsewhere? Well, over there its about setting up an actual real-life BBC Model B to act as a server. Here we are doing it under emulation, so theres various other config bits to throw in.

Anyway, grab the zipfile, extract the “L2fs.img” and copy it to your “UserData/DisIms” directory. Then make another copy in the same the directory and call it something like “ECONET L2FS.img“. Don’t work on the original disc, unless you want to have to download it again if you cock it up.

Fire up BeebEm, with Econet and the Second Processor enabled, and load your disc image as Disc 0.

Now load up the DSCMGR utility:

>LOAD "DSCMGR"

And create a new disc in Disc 0. Give it whatever name you want. I called mine “ECONET MASTER”. Make it Double Sided and make sure it isn’t write-protected.

Now run the DSCMGR to make a master disk:

>RUN
FILE SERVER DISC MANAGEMENT
PRESS I TO INITIALISE A DISC
PRESS C TO COPY A DISC
PRESS Q TO QUIT
Your Choice: I

File server disc initialiser
Drive number: 0

Insert disc into drive and press RETURN <cr>

Formatting ....

(two sets of hex digits counting from 00 to 4F that I can't be bothered re-typing)

Disc name: MASTER0
Date (dd/mm/yy): 01/01/90
Please wait ....
Password file (Y/N): Y
Enter up to 13 user names
finishing with just a RETURN...
User name 1: USER1
User name 2: USER2
User name 3: USER3
User name 4: USER4
User name 5: <cr>

FILE SERVER DISC MANAGEMENT
PRESS I TO INITIALISE A DISC
PRESS C TO COPY A DISC
PRESS Q TO QUIT
** Disc initialised **
Your Choice: Q
** Disc management complete **
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And thats the file server set up done. So I suppose we should test it.

Reload the File Server Disc, then:

>FS
Acorn File Server Level 2 Version 1.00
Testing Memory
Last free location = F7FF
Date (dd/mm/yy)  =

At this point, swap the file server disc for the master disc you just created, then enter the date (anything before about and after 99 will fail).

Date (dd/mm/yy)  = 01/01/90
No. of drives = 1
Command: S
Stations = 4
Cache size - 5CDF objects - 5C
Starting - Ready

And the server is up. So, run up a workstation or two and log on:

>*I AM USER1

And it works. But where are the utils? On the File Server Disc, which is not where we need them. I suppose we’d better copy them over.

Log on to a workstation and create a directory “Library” (I’m assuming here that only BBC Model Bs are being emulated).

>*I AM SYST
>*CDIR LIBRARY

Load the File Server disc on the workstation and then

>*DISC
>CH."COPYF"

CopyFiles V2.30
Source filing system: D
Enter DFS drive number 0
Enter source directory B

Insert DFS disc into drive 0

Destination filing system: N
Enter file server number 0.254
Enter file server disc name MASTER0
Enter destination directory LIBRARY
Copying mode : L
Source list spec: *

This will copy the utilities and ask for the source list again. Pres <ESC> and it will ask for the Source filing system. Press “Q” and it will drop back to the familiar prompt.

And that is all there is to it. You might want to read the manuals and changed the passwords. Or just save the disc images for nostalgia and more forward to setting up a Level 3 server

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