1.1 Understanding AFP

Novell AFP (Apple Filing Protocol) lets Macintosh workstations access and store files on OES 11 SP2 server without installing any additional software. The AFP software is installed as part of OES and provides out-of-the-box network access. Join the Macintosh computer to your enterprise network to access files on the OES server.

Novell AFP enables the Linux server to use the same protocol as the client workstation to copy, create, delete, move, save, and open files on a Macintosh workstation.

Figure 1-1 Novell AFP Overview

Macintosh users can use Chooser or the Go menu to access network files and even create aliases. The native protocols that run on a Linux server enable the users to seamlessly copy, delete, move, create, save, and open network files—just like they do when they work locally.

AFP also provides integration with NetIQ eDirectory. Consolidation of user management through eDirectory simplifies network administration. All users who need access to the network are represented in eDirectory through user objects, which enables you to easily and effectively assign trustee rights, control access, and manage all user objects from a single location on the network.

IMPORTANT:Novell AFP is currently supported only on the NSS file system. It can be used for accessing files on NSS volumes.

1.1.1 AFP and Universal Password

Universal Password helps to manage password-based authentication schemes. Each AFP user must be Universal Password enabled to be able to log in to the AFP server.

The Universal Password is not enabled by default.

For details on Universal Password, see Novell Password Management.