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Is it possible to run MS-DOS applications via telnet on a Windows 7 system? Some applications we still use here were never ported to newer systems. Now the company wants to move the workstations towards Linux and have the old applications run on a Windows Server.

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Yes. As long as the programs will run on the command prompt in the first place (don't do crazy stuff like TSRs or tap the serial port directly).

Also, FYI - if they are really simple you can probably just run them in Linux: DOSemu

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Note that 16 bit (e.g. DOS) applications do not work on win7 x64. – Hennes Sep 27 '12 at 21:36
glad to know @hennes – Holy Sheet Sep 27 '12 at 21:36
Even menu-driven programs? – Holy Sheet Sep 27 '12 at 21:37
yes. that's terminal control. and should be handled by a BIOS emulation layer. – EdH Sep 27 '12 at 21:39
Note the X64. They work on X86. Not that win7 would make a server OS, you might want to use server 2003 (server 2008 and 2012 are x64 only). --- All 16 bit programs. Even windows 2.01 or 3.x. Simply no native 16 bit support in those versions. – Hennes Sep 27 '12 at 21:39

try this ... a telnet server for DOS. Of course it cannot turn (MS-)DOS into a multiuser system, therefore only one connection is accepted at any time, but it can be used to remotely control a computer runnig DOS via telnet....

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You should provide more detail than just the link.. Try to say in your own words what they are saying in the link. That way if the link ever changes or disappears, SU still has the answer here – Eric F Apr 7 at 12:02

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