V Novell Netware
Novell Netware is the old-timer in the heavy-duty PC networking world. Before Microsoft NTs networking capabilities were available in Windows networks, many networks happily ran Novell Netware. Its scalability and performance eclipsed that of any Microsoft offerings. Due to its long history of reliability and efficiency in the industry, Netware is still the preferred NOS on many networks, even though (and sometimes because) its functionality tends to be more specialized to running enterprise file and print services than general-purpose applications.
Novell has two different versions of directory services available. Prior to Version 4, directory services are arranged in a tree format. Beginning with version 4, NetWare uses NDS (Novell Directory Services), which is based on the X.500 directory services. This facility aids in management and control of large networks and along with Netwares reputation for reliability, is another reason to seriously consider this OS.
Clients running Windows can access a Novell Netware servers resources if the Novell Client software or Microsoft Windows Client Services for Netware have been installed.
To map a shared folder on a Novell server to a local drive from the command line, use the map command.
Servers running Windows NT can also make Netware resources available to Windows clients without requiring the clients to run the Netware protocols by using Microsofts Gateway Services for Netware product. This gateway software translates clients file sharing requests using the Windows File Sharing protocols to the corresponding Novell Netware protocols.
To connect to a network shared printer from a Novell Netware client from the command line, you can use the command CAPTURE [P= Printername| Q= Queuename] [LPTn].
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