Novel: pron. (Nov'el)

  1. defined:  adj.   of a new kind or nature; not known before; strange; new.
  2. derived:  from the latin novellus a diminutive of novus meaning "new".
  3. spelled:  suspiciously similar to Novell ®, a trademark of Novell, Inc.

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Network Server-side Configuration

For Novel Client to automatically sense the settings for your network, your local network administrator will need to set up some or all of the following: an SLP DA server, a DHCP server which hands out vendor option 15 and Novell specific options 78, 79, 85, 86, and 87, also a DNS server which resolves the names of fileservers to their IP address and the treename to an IP address of an NDS server in that tree.

Query Network If these services are configured on your network then Novel Client for Linux can automatically obtain the correct settings when you click on the auto-config button on the Advanced, Settings tab. Consult the Novell web site for information on how to install and enable each of these services on your NetWare network.


There are two ways to install Novel Client: using the included setup shell script, or by performing all the necessary steps manually. The manual install may appeal to you for various reasons, especially if you run a distribution which is not supported by the script. However, most distributions which are based on a recent Redhat or Debian should probably work. The instructions that follow were originally written for Redhat Linux 7.x. Also, the instructions below were written for early versions of Novel Client so they may not be complete for the newest version. If you must install manually, you can examine the latest setup script to see what steps are necessary then make any appropriate adjustments for your distribution.



The Novel Client allows you to make NCP connections over IP or IPX. You can also configure your system to use both then choose between them at run-time.


If you want to use IP there are some conditions that must be met. Most importantly, your system must already be correctly configured to network using IP. Host address, subnet mask, default gateway, DNS servers, etc. must all be configured correctly for your environment. Consult your network admin if you don't know what these values should be, and consult your system admin if you don't know how to enter this information in your Linux system.


NCP connections over IP seem to be more reliable. This is probably due to the way IPX auto configures itself. You may have a quite a mix of equipment on your network including Macintosh using SNAP frames or NAS servers that emulate Netware 3.x using the old 802.3 frametype. TCP/IP uses Ethernet II frametype and Netware currently uses 802.2. So when IPX tries to configure itself or reconfigure after a dropped connection, it may become confused trying to determine the correct interface, frametype, network number, and routes. It almost always get it right, but when it doesn't it can be frustrating.