So far we’ve set up and Econet Level 1 server, and a Level 2 server. Now it’s time to try Level 3. Again we’ll be using an emulation of a BBC Model B with a 65C02 Second Processor and two floppies.

So we’ll be carrying on with pretty much the same hardware set up as before, but this time we’ll be needing to load ADFS 640K discs. This means we need a different Floppy controller. As luck would have it, such a thing is included in BeebEm.

To enable it, from the menu choose “Hardware->Model B Floppy Controller->Select FDC Board” and from the file menu select “Acorn1770.dll” and load it.

Now we need a Level 3 FS disk, and a blank data disk.

BeebEm includes the file “L3server.adl” in the “Userdata\DiscIms\” directory, and you should load that in Drive 0.

Blank ADFS 640K disc images are a pain in the arse. In theory you can format them under BeebEm, but it always fails half way through. So, I cheated and took an existing disk and deleted the contents.

You can go through this too, or just download a zip of my blank image, unzip it and copy it into the “UserData\DiscIms\“. Make a copy of it called something like “ECONET L3 DATA.adl” but don’t load it yet.

So, with all the Hardware settings correct and the server disc in Drive 0, load the “WFSINIT” program. Then, before running it load the data disc in Drive 0 and make sure it is writeable. Only then should you run it.

The File Server Disc Initialiser will load. Select Drive 0, give it a name, leave the next drive blank and give it a date between about 1980 and 1999. Then wait. Give it one user name for now, and don’t copy the master directories. It should then initialise the disc. Like this:

See that we now only have 32 free on the disc. The Econet Filesystem is hogging the rest.

Reboot the emulation, load the file server disc again, and check its contents. Pick which version to run. In this case, Level 3 V1.07.

Next give it a date and time, and tell it one drive, then get ready to start it:

Now load your data disk into Drive 0 and make it writable.

Press “S“, give it a number of stations (I picked 4 for testing as usual), and it will come up with the familiar “Starting – Ready” message.

Over on one of the workstations from one of the previous set-ups you should be able to log on as USER1 and look at the file system.

So, it is all set up now. But its a bit boring. We need to copy the Library across from the server disc to the actual server.

For this you’ll need to load the “L3FS-ISW.adl” file into Drive 0 on a workstation and log the workstation on as SYST (“*I AM SYST“) .

Select the ADFS filesystem (“*ADFS“) and run the “CopyF” program (CH.”COPYF”).

CopyFiles V2.30
Source filing system: A
Enter ADFS drive number 0<cr>
Enter source directory LIBRARY<cr>
Insert ADFS disc into drive 0
Press RETURN when ready <cr>
Destination filing system : N
Enter file server number 0.254<cr>
Enter file server disc name ECONET3<cr> (or whateve name you gave it)
Enter destination directory  LIBRARY<cr>
Copying mode : LSource list spec: * <cr>
Files will be copied and listed on the screen.
Source list spec: <ESC>
CopyFiles V2.30
Source filing system: Q

And the library files are now on the server. You might want to change the privs on them, but otherwise that is all for now.

Have fun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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