Novell developed with NetWare a network operating system that no complex and overweighted GUI needs for use on servers. Novell provides simple but powerful text-based menus on the command line for the configuration since the first NetWare release. The administration of resources like printers, files and users is possible with a client and a graphical window system and granted administrator rights. Since NetWare 6 no more client is necessary for this, the configuration can be done

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NetWare

Novell developed with NetWare a network operating
system that no complex and overweighted

GUI needs
for use on servers. Novell provides simple but
powerful text
-
based menus on the command line for
the configuration since the first NetWare release. The
administration of resources like printers, files and
users is possible with a client and a gr
aphical window system and granted administrator rights.
Since NetWare 6 no more client is necessary for this, the configuration can be done
completely on the server.


NetWare needs only low hardware requirements and has memory protection. It protects sing
le
processes from each other and is very stable through this in operation. Virtual memory is used
reliably. By IFS file systems can be exchanged. This operating system is used for all sorts of
fields of application. Use as a directory service, Internet ser
ver, Intranet server, file server or
also application server is part of it.


The first release of NetWare was 1983 for the operating system DOS. In 2005 the current
version of the network operating system Open Enterprise Server was published in different
variants. Either with NetWare 6.5 kernel or Linux kernel of the Suse Enterprise 9 server, no
matter which variant is used the same services are available.

NetWare 3.0

With the version NetWare 3.0 the 32
-
bit performance of the Intel 386 CPUs could already
be
used fully. The following versions 3.1 and 3.11 eliminated many bugs from the main release.
NetWare 3.11 had great popularity in companies and worked very reliable and stable.
NetWare can respectively manage at most 32 TByte harddisk storages for at mos
t 64 Volumes
per servers. Novell cancelled the support for the version 3.2 in the year 2002.

NetWare 5.0


Structure information


-

64 mbyte RAM, 550 mbyte fixed storage disks are minimal

-

SMP up to 32 CPUs, ASMP

-

Monolithic kernel

-

preemptive multi
tasking

-

integrated Java applications and development tools (JVM)

-

32
-
bit operating system

-

64
-
bit file system NSS (Novell Storage Services)


System environment


-

graphical installation

-

TCP/IP is standard protocol now (before IPX/SPX)

-

Program

format is
NLM

(NetWare Loadable Module)

-

Configuration over Novell Client32 possible

-

Web optimized, offers network management

-

JavaScript and VB Script support

-

Reads FAT16 partitions

-

Server connects different platforms

-

Maximum size of Volu
mes: 8 terabyte with
NSS


-

New network functions like WAN Traffic manager

-

DHCP and DNA integrated in NDS 8

NetWare 5.1


-

Application platform for internet & intranet applications

-

NDS 8
, Novell Directory Services, efficient database model

-

suppor
ts NFS (Network file system), AFP (Apple Filing Protocol)

-

optimized for the services of Microsoft Office 2000

-

supports the web publishing (NetWare Netpublisher optional)

-

NetWare Enterprise Web server

3.6 with Frontpage support or Apache web serve
r

-

Novell International Cryptographic Infrastructure modul, 56
-
bit encryption, 128
-
bits optional

-

NetWare client for Windows 2000, planned for Mac and Linux

-

uniform user administration for different platforms

-

use as a
FTP server


-

NetWare Manage
ment Portal
, Administration of network installations over a browser

-

Cluster services upgradeable as Add
-
On

-

Hardware requirements for the full installation: 512 mbyte RAM, 2 gbyte harddisk storage

NetWare 6.0


-

Cluster services integrated, up to 32
NetWareserver in one system group

-

Console One

as a NetWare management program

-

NFA

(Native File Access) replaces the NetWare client, access from different platforms
possibly, supported:

-

CIFS

(Computer Internet File System) for Windows Clients

-

AF
P

(Appletalk Filing Protocol) for Mac Clients

-

NIS/NFS

for Unix Clients

-

FTP

(File Transfer Protocol) for data exchange

-

NSS

3.0 (Novell Storage Services), up to 8 tbyte harddisk storage, 64
-
bit processing depth

-

Mirroring of
NSS

partitions with Raid 0 and Raid 1, use of virtual partitions, Storage Pools,
up to 255 Logical Volumes

-

I
-
Folder

for virtual work directories and synchronization tasks (with comparison by
-
bits),
with I
-
Folder client by HTTP(S), Blowfish (128
-
bits)

-

I
-
Print

is further development of
NDPS

(Novell Distributed Print services), inclusive
Drive
Map

for graphical location plan

-

IPP

(Internet Printing Protocol) for control of printers over the Internet

-

Minimum: Pentium II or AMD K7 (Server class), 256 mby
te RAM, DOS partition with 200
mbyte of size, 2 gbyte for sys Volume

NetWare 6.5


-

support for Mac, Windows and UNIX networks

-

modul
-
based Installation, server profiles for App, DNS, Print, ...

-

Browser based administration and control

-

E
-
Director
y, formerly NDS (as like Active Directory of Microsoft)

-

simplified Administration and use of network resources

-

Virtual Office portal, remote access to working environment

-

counts on OpenSource solutions, mySQL is integrated

-

Minimum: Pentium II o
r comparable, 512 mbyte RAM, 200 mbyte start partition and 2 gbyte
for system partition