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Posted: 7 Nov 2001
 

The team at Novell Connection has come through with another great article that explains a Novell technology in terms we can all understand. This particular piece covers Novell's Native File Access Pack. We've republished a portion of the article here. To read the full article, click the story's title at the end of the excerpt.

Admittedly, running client software on Macintosh, Windows, and UNIX clients to enable access to files on NetWare servers has advantages. However, this approach doesn't make sense for everyone. Therefore, Novell now provides an arguably more sensible way for Macintosh, Windows, and UNIX users to access files on NetWare servers: With Novell Native File Access Pack, these users can access files on NetWare servers without having to run Novell or third-party client software.

A PACK OF COMPONENTS
Native File Access Pack is server-based software that includes the following components:

  • Native File Access for Macintosh
  • Native File Access for Windows
  • Native File Access for UNIX

You can install one or more of these components on NetWare 6 servers and on NetWare 5.1 servers that are running Service Pack 3 and above. (You can download the latest service pack for NetWare 5.1 at http://support.novell.com/misc/patlst.htm. For more information about installing Native File Access Pack, see "Installing Native File Access Pack Components.")

Native File Access Pack components ship with NetWare 6. NetWare 5.1 maintenance and upgrade customers can download Native File Access Pack components free from Novell's web site. (You can also purchase Native File Access Pack for U.S. $299 per server. For more information, visit www.novell.com/products/nfa.)

As the names of these components suggest, Native File Access Pack components enable computers running Mac OS, Windows, and UNIX-based operating systems to access and manage files on NetWare 6 and 5.1 servers using native file protocols. That is, computers running Mac OS 8.1 or above and Mac OS X can use the Apple Filing Protocol (AFP) to copy, delete, move, open, and save files on NetWare 6 and 5.1 servers.

Similarly, computers that are running Windows 2000, ME, NT 4, 98, and 95 can use the Common Internet File System (CIFS) protocol to perform these tasks. Computers running UNIX-based operating systems such as Linux, on the other hand, can use the Network File System (NFS) protocol to perform these tasks. (See Figure 1)

You can read the full article at: Native File Access Wanted: Client Software Need Not Apply

You can read the full article at: Native File Access Wanted: Client Software Need Not Apply


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