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A unique hexadecimal number that is assigned to the NetWare server at installation and serves as a server identification number. It is stored in the autoexec.ncf file and should not be deleted.IPX uses this number to advertise services and route IPX packets to the external IPX networks attached to the server. On IPX networks this number must also be different from the IPX external network number.IP uses this number to provide passive IPX support called Compatibility Mode. This means that even though the NetWare server does not advertise or broadcast in this mode, the NetWare server can process and respond to incoming IPX requests.