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Access Data Anywhere on Any Tree with NetStorage

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By Bill Calero

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Posted: 20 Jun 2002

NetStorage is a feature of NetWare 6 that provides Internet-based access to files stored on a Novell network. Bill's article covers how NetStorage, when combined with other Novell technologies such as Novell Portal Services, eDirectory, and DirXML, can provide a single Web-based view to access data on NetWare 5.x, and 6.x servers in a IP-based environment, even when that data is spread across multiple eDirectory trees.

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Novell NetStorage provides simple Internet-based access to file storage. It acts as a bridge between a company's protected Novell network and the Internet, giving users secure file access from any Internet location. Files and folders on a NetWare server can be accessed using either a browser or via Network Neighborhood and Microsoft Web Folders. No Novell Client software is required. Users can securely access files from any IP-enabled machine via SSL (Secure Socket Layers) and HTTPS (Secure HyperText Transfer Protocol).

NetStorage (NCPL.NLM) is a service that runs on a NetWare 6 server. It can be installed as an optional component during the NetWare 6 installation or it can be installed after the NetWare 6 installation.

Once NetStorage is installed, users can copy, move, rename, delete, read, and write files between a local workstation and a NetStorage network place. In addition, NetStorage offers the following features:

  • It has the ability to process a user's container, profile, or user login script for drive mappings.
  • It honors eDirectory/NDS Group memberships for drive mappings.
  • It supports contextless and context-based logins into eDirectory. Hence users can log in using their short name (JDoe) or a Fully Distinguished Name (JDoe.NY.Novell).

When users authenticate via NetStorage, their container login script will be processed and their drive mappings will appear on a Web page in the form of folders. For example, a user's home drive mapping of "map h:=server1\vol1:users\username" in the login script will appear on the Web page as a folder named "HOME@H".

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