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Faster login to IPX Servers

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Posted: 23 Jun 2000

Hate waiting forever to login to your IPX server? You're not alone. This has generated a lot of support calls (and hair loss) and is very easily remedied, once you understand why it's happening. Here's the deal:

The NetWare 5 Win95/98 client has been redesigned, and is very different from previous versions of the 32-bit client. One big change is that the default install of the client installs both IP and IPX protocols, and (here's the kicker) it prefers IP. Meaning, it will attempt to make an IP connection to the specified tree or server first. If it doesn't come up lucky, it will then try an IPX connection.

All of this takes time, and if you're like most people, time is the one thing you don't have. The remedy is to adjust the way the client attempts to communicate. Happily, there are several quick and easy ways to do this.

  • Use the custom install and select IPX only. This makes the client run in IPX mode.
  • OR, Use the Protocol preferences tab under the client properties, and remove the IP protocol.
  • OR, under the Protocol Preferences tab, move the IPX protocol above the IP protocol causing the workstation to use IPX first.
  • OR disable the binding between TCPIP and the client.
    • On Win95 or 98 workstations, go to Control Panel > Network > Properties of TCPIP > Bindings.
    • On an NT workstation, go to Control Panel > Network > Bindings.

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