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[1.0] - Synchronet Installation Instructions

Finding the Latest version of Synchronet

You can find the latest released public distribution of Synchronet at

Versions and Supported Platforms

Synchronet is currently available in three separate major versions:
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 "hybrid" BBS.

Upgrading to a Newer Version of Synchronet

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 ALWAYS consult the
upgrade documentation included with the distribution (usually in the form of an
UPGRADE.TXT file). Upgrade-only distributions are usually made available 
in a more compact archive form (e.g.

Windows Installation

After downloading the Synchronet distribution file (e.g., you will
need to extract the archive file that you downloaded into a temporary directory 
on your hard drive. You will need WinZip or an equivalent archive program to 
uncompress and extract the installation files.
Once you've extracted the installation files, go to the directory you extracted
the compressed files to and run SETUP to start the installation.
The default installation directory is recommended for most users. If you choose 
to change the installation directory, it is critical that you DO NOT 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 SBBS off of the root directory on one 
of your hard drives (e.g. C:\SBBS).
You should now be at the Setup Type Installation menu. Choosing a Custom 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 Custom Setup and disable the following
installation components:
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.

[1.1] - Getting Started

Getting Started with Synchronet v3 for Windows

Upon Executing Synchronet the screen will look something like the one below.

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.
The last window that opens will start the Synchronet Configuration
Program (SCFG). To run SCFG again later you can load it from the
Synchronet Control Panel (SBBSCTRL) by selecting BBS and then
Configure from the menu bar.
Before putting the system online you should configure your BBS with SCFG
to set your system options and settings according to your preferences. It
is recommended you spend some time reading and becoming familiar with
your configuration and the many options available.
After completing configuration you should then follow the proper steps
to add a sysop account. Once you create the account you should become 
familiar with the Synchronet User Editor and set the security settings for 
the account(s) you have created.
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 documentation to finish the setup of your new
BBS System.

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[1.2] - How to Get Help

There are a number of avenues that can be used to find help on Synchronet.
This list is but a small one of the available resources:
Synchronet Homepage     :
Support BBS (Vertrauen) : telnet://
Echomail support:
  FidoNet (zone 1)      : SYNC_SYSOPS - Synchronet BBS Software Discussion
For detailed instructions on how and where to get Synchronet technical support,
see support.html.

[1.3] - About this manual

This manual is an ongoing work in progress. As Synchronet is constantly evolving,
so is this manual.  This manual aims to give you comprehensive information about
installing, configuring, updating, and maintaining your Synchronet system. There
are additional helpful documents that you may find in your Synchronet docs

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Copyright 2006 by Rob Swindell

Synchronet BBS Software
(Synchronet) Version 3 is comprised of several documentation,
library, executable, and source code files, all of which are covered by the
GNU General Public License
with the exception of the following portions covered by
the GNU Lesser General Public License: SMBLIB and XSDK.

Synchronet Version 2 (for DOS and OS/2) and its source code was released to the
Public Domain
by Digital Dynamics in 1997 and remains Public Domain software today.
Synchronet Version 3 is not Public Domain software.

For the complete Copyright Information please read the Copyright Document .