Connecting to a Novell-Netware Server
As long as the required user-account is already
setup on the Novell-Netware server, connecting a Windows95 system
to it is a very easy task and even easier than to setup a
PC-to-PC network (I think, that Microsoft has reach their goal to
create with Windows95 the best possible Client access to Novell).
Once the network board is installed, Windows95 loads both Clients
for Microsoft and Netware Networks and both NetBEUI
and IXP/SPX-protocols. As long as you connect ONLY
to the Netware server, you should delete the Client for Microsoft
networks and the NetBEUI-protocol (since they are only using up
There is no need to make any change to the default settings on
the "IPX/SPX" protocol. However, if you do decided to put
in a specific IPX-Frame type, make sure it matches the IPX-Frame type define on
your Netware server.
That's it, you are ready to reboot your Windows95 system.
If the system comes then up with this Logon-Screen:
Bad luck ! This is the Windows95
You have either a Setup-problem or a cabling problem.
During bootup, Windows95 searches for a Novell-Netware server to
connect to, but if it cannot find one, it reverts back to it own
If Windows95 is able to find on the network a Novell-Netware
server, you get as login:
Now, enter your User-Name (as it has been
defined by the Novell-Netware-Server Supervisor/Administrator), your password
and your Login-Server.
If this information is valid, the Login-Script
will process, and then you can access the resources on the
server, as far as you have the permissions for it).
||Usually, the Login-scripts (either the System script
or the User-script) predefine already a few
drive-mappings to the server, but this really depends on
the local setup.
In addition, the Novel-Server is now shown in the
Network-Neighborhood. It can be browsed to display all
resource, to which you have permission.
That is big difference to PC-to-PC networking:
On a Novell-Netware server, you only see resources, for
which you have permission to use it.
If you have a Novell-Netware 3.1/3.11 server,
that is all you need.
On Netware 4.x servers, Novell introduces:
which makes the User-administration on a
Multi-Server configuration quicker and more powerful. The 'Microsoft
Client for Netware' only support the
User-management of Netware 3.1, which used a database called 'Bindery'.
However, most Netware 4.x servers are configured for
Bindery-Emulation, so you can still used the 'Microsoft
Client for Netware' to connect, but you cannot take
advantage of the new NDS on multi-server configurations.
For support of NDS, there are now 2 solutions:
||Install the Novell Client for Netware, usually
called 'Novell Client32'
||This Novell-Client software is NOT included in
Windows95, but supplied by Novell,
either as part of the Server-software or as download from
( be warned: last time I looked, the download of Client32
was more than 5 MByte !).
I myself have no experience with Client32, since I am
connected to Netware 3.11 servers,
for which there is no need/benefit to use Client32.
So, if you are looking for help on Client32: sorry, you
will not find it here !
||Install the Microsoft support for NDS
||Microsoft supplies also support for NDS, however
there is a serious limitation:
It does not allow to run the Netware-4.x ADMIN
program (to make the User/resource
administration), because to my knowledge, Novell has
bundled some of the DLL's
required for ADMIN with the Client32
There are some documents on the Novell-website on setting
up a so-called
'legacy ADMIN', which I will NOT cover here, please go
The Microsoft NDS support is supplied with the OSR1 and
ORS2 versions, but was not included in the original
Aug.95 version. If you have this version of Windows95,
you can download the NDS-support from: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/software/msnds.htm
(it is a file called MSNDS.EXE, 371
To install the Microsoft NDS-support, select in
the 'Control-Panel' 'Network'
applet the ADD-button, then SERVICES (not Client
As usual, it is configured via the properties:
where you can now define your Netware-4.x Preferred Tree and your Context.