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<h2>[1.0] - Synchronet Installation Instructions</h2>

<h3>Finding the Latest version of Synchronet</h3>

<pre>You can find the latest released public distribution of Synchronet at 
<a href="http://www.synchro.net" target="_blank">http://www.synchro.net</a>.</pre>

<h3><b>Versions and Supported Platforms</b></h3>
<pre>Synchronet is currently available in three separate major versions:</pre>
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<pre><b>Version 2.3 for DOS and OS/2	
</b>Supports serial/modem and local logins
Native 16-bit and 32-bit console mode executables
Single node per instance (up to 250 total)
Version-specific features are noted with: <b><i><font color="#FF0000">(v2 Only)</font></i></b></pre>
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<pre><b>Version 3 for Windows
</b>Supports TCP/IP logins only
Native 32-bit DLLs and GUI front-end application
Up to 250 nodes per instance
Version-specific features are noted with: <font color="#FF0000"><i><b>(v3+ Only)</b></i></font></pre>
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<pre><b>Version 3 for Linux and Unix-like OSes
</b>See <a href="sbbsunix.txt">sbbsunix.txt</a> for details</pre>
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<pre>All configuration and data files are compatible between version 2.3 and 3.x so 
you can combine instances of different versions to create a single &quot;hybrid&quot; BBS.</pre>

<h3>
Upgrading to a Newer Version of Synchronet</h3>
<pre>Because of the many variances when changing to a different version or revision
of Synchronet, this topic is not covered here.	When upgrading an existing Synchronet 
installation to a newer version or revision, you should <b>ALWAYS</b> consult the
upgrade documentation included with the distribution (usually in the form of an
<a href="upgrade.txt">UPGRADE.TXT</a> file). Upgrade-only distributions are usually made available 
in a more compact archive form (e.g. <b>sbup300c.zip</b>).</pre>
<h3><b>Windows  Installation</b></h3>
<pre>After downloading the Synchronet distribution file (e.g. <b>sbbs300c.zip</b>), you will
need to extract the archive file that you downloaded into a temporary directory 
on your hard drive. You will need <a href="http://www.winzip.com" target="_blank">WinZip</a> or an equivalent archive program to 
uncompress and extract the installation files.</pre>
<pre>Once you've extracted the installation files, go to the directory you extracted
the compressed files to and run <b>SETUP</b> to start the installation.</pre>
<pre>The default installation directory is recommended for most users. If you choose 
to change the installation directory, it is <b>critical</b> that you <b>DO NOT</b> use a path 
with long filenames or spaces as Synchronet still relies on some 16-bit DOS 
utilities which require DOS-compatible 8.3 file and directory names to function. 
It is recommended you use a directory named <i>SBBS</i> off of the root directory on one 
of your hard drives (e.g. <b>C:\SBBS</b>).</pre>
<pre>You should now be at the Setup Type Installation menu. Choosing a <i>Custom</i> setup
from this menu, will allow you to select the items that you want (or don't want) 
installed. If you are upgrading an existing installation of Synchronet (v2.3 or 
v3.0), it is advised that you choose <i>Custom</i> Setup and disable the following
installation components:</pre>
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  <li><pre>Configuration Files</pre>
  </li>
  <li><pre>Text and Menu Files</pre>
  </li>
  <li><pre>External Programs
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<pre><img border="0" src="images/setuptype.png" width="479" height="357"></pre>
<pre>After completing your selection and the installation is completed you will
find a new Icon on your Desktop and in your StartUp Folder in your Start
Menu. If you do not want Synchronet to start automatically during boot, you
may safely delete the Synchronet shortcut from your StartUp Folder.</pre>
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<a name="GettingStarted">
[1.1] - Getting Started</a></h2>
<h3>Getting Started with Synchronet v3 for Windows</h3>
<pre>Upon Executing Synchronet the screen will look something like the one below.</pre>
<pre><img border="0" src="images/sbbsctrl.png" width="740" height="497">

After starting Synchronet for the first time there will be several pop-up
windows that are running programs and events required before the system
can be used.</pre>
<pre>The last window that opens will start the Synchronet Configuration
Program (<a href="system_config.html#System Configuration">SCFG</a>). To run SCFG again later you can load it from the
<i>Synchronet Control Panel</i> (SBBSCTRL) by selecting <i>BBS</i> and then
<i>Configure</i> from the menu bar.</pre>
<pre><img border="0" src="images/sbbsctrl_configure.png" width="301" height="192"></pre>
<pre>Before putting the system online you should <a href="system_config.html">configure your BBS</a> with <a href="system_config.html#System Configuration">SCFG</a>
to set your system options and settings according to your preferences. It
is recommended you spend some time reading and becoming familiar with
your <a href="system_config.html">configuration</a> and the many options available.</pre>
<pre>After completing <a href="system_config.html">configuration</a> you should then follow the proper steps
to <a href="system_config.html#Creating User Accounts Locally">add a sysop account</a>. Once you <a href="system_config.html#Creating User Accounts Locally">create the account</a> you should become 
familiar with the <a href="user_editor.html">Synchronet User Editor</a> and set the <a href="security.html">security</a> settings for 
the account(s) you have created.</pre>
<pre>Once you have completed the initial setup of your system and sysop
account, you have a basic functioning Synchronet BBS System. Please
refer to the rest of the <a href="../index.htm">documentation</a> to finish the setup of your new
BBS System.

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<h2><a name="GettingHelp">[1.2] - How to Get Help</a></h2>
<pre>There are a number of avenues that can be used to find help on Synchronet.</pre>
<pre>This list is but a small one of the available resources:</pre>
<pre><b><u>Synchronet Homepage</u>     :</b> <a href="http://www.synchro.net">http://www.synchro.net</a></pre>
<pre><b><u>Support BBS (Vertrauen)</u> :</b> <a href="telnet://vert.synchro.net">telnet://vert.synchro.net</a></pre>
<pre><b><u>Echomail support:</u></b>
  FidoNet (zone 1)      : <b>SYNC_SYSOPS</b> - Synchronet BBS Software Discussion</pre>
<pre>For detailed instructions on how and where to get Synchronet technical support,
see <a href="support.html">support.html</a>.</pre>
<h2><a name="AboutManual">[1.3] - About this manual</a></h2>
<pre>This manual is an ongoing work in progress. As <a href="http://www.synchro.net">Synchronet</a> is constantly evolving,
so is this manual.  This manual aims to give you comprehensive information about
installing, configuring, updating, and maintaining your <a href="http://www.synchro.net">Synchronet</a> system. There
are additional helpful documents that you may find in your Synchronet <b><i>docs
</i></b>directory.</pre>
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