Monday, 19 March 2007

Windows XP Professional and NetWare Connectivity

Windows XP Professional uses Client Service for NetWare and the NWLink protocol to provide connectivity between Windows XP Professional and servers running Novell Directory Services (NDS) or NetWare bindery-based servers. NWLink is the Microsoft implementation of the IPX/SPX protocol.

To connect a computer running Windows XP Professional to a NetWare server or network, you need services and protocols that allow the two networking systems to communicate with each other. These services and protocols include:
  • Client Service. Allows the Windows XP Professional client to access NetWare file, print and directory services. Both Novell and Microsoft provide a client service for this purpose. Each client service includes a redirector component that enables packet forwarding for the differing file and print service protocols.
  • Network Protocol. Connects the Windows XP Professional client to a Novell NetWare network. If the NetWare network is running Internetwork Packet Exchange/Sequenced Packet Exchange (IPX/SPX) instead of TCP/IP, Windows XP Professional provides NWLink IPX/SPX/NetBIOS-Compatible Transport Protocol (NWLink).

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