Accessing Other Computers

Whereas Windows gives you access to the shared drives on the network via Network Neighbourhood which appears right on the desktop, the corresponding option in OS/2 is not quite as easily located. OS/2 does have the same functionality only rather than clutter up the desktop with an icon specifically for this whether or not it is required, OS/2 has the corresponding option a couple of sub-folders removed from the desktop.

To access drives on other computers with OS/2 you need to first select the Connections icon which sits on the OS/2 desktop. Within this you will find an option called Network and within that an option called File and Print Client Resource Browser. It is within this option that you will find one called Other Computers. This option corresponds to Windows Network Neighbourhood with regard to its contents which can be used to access the shared drives and printers on the other computers on your network.

If you intend to access the drives on the other computers regularly using this method then you may find it useful to create a shadow of one of these lower level folders to your desktop so as to provide more direct access.

One aspect in which OS/2 differs from Windows is that while Windows requires that you log onto the network when you first start your session, with OS/2 you do not need to log on to the network until such time as you actually need to use resources from other computers on the network. This means that when you first attempt to access another computer on the network via this method that you will be required to log on to the network before being able to see the resources available on the other computers.

This having to only log on to the network when you want to access network resources makes the alternative method of accessing shared drives by assigning them drive letters and hence having them show up in the drives folder more practical than it is on Windows especially where there are only a couple of computers on your network as presumably you will only attempt to access network resources after checking that the other computer that you are trying to access is actually switched on (and hence the drives are available to be assigned drive letters). Windows requires that the other computer already be on in order to allow the drive letters to be automatically assigned during the startup process. The alternative is to manually assign a drive letter to the drive when required which involves more work than is required to access the drive via the first method discussed above. OS/2 is therefore a far more user friendly system for drive letter assignments on peer to peer networks than Windows is.


This article written by Stephen Chapman, Felgall Pty Ltd.

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