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Set/Verify the Network Connection Provider Order on Windows Vista, 7, 2008

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Novell Client for Vista 1.0.0 File Access
Client 2 SP1 for Windows Vista
Novell Client 2 SP1 for Windows 7
Novell Client 2 SP1 for Windows Server 2008
Novell Client 2 SP1 for Windows Server 2008 R2


Problems can arise if the Novell Client provider is not listed in the Provider Order for the Local Area Network Connection on a Windows Vista workstation. A common symptom is seeing the drive mappings included in the "Network Location" section of the "Computer" view of Windows Explorer displayed with a red X.


Ensure that the Novell Client provider is included in the list of network providers. This can be done by following these steps:

1. Click the Start button (Windows icon)
2. Access the Manage Network Connections page by doing one of the following:
a. In the "Start search" field type "ncpa.cpl" and press the Enter key.
b. Click the Windows button, then select "Network,""Network and Sharing Center,""Manage Network Connections."
3. Highlight "Local Area Connection".
4. Click on the menu bar item "Advanced,""Advanced Settings."
Note: If you do not see the menu bar, press the ALT key.
5. Click on the "Provider Order" Tab.
6. Highlight "NetWare Services" and change the order using the up and down arrows on the right.

If "NetWare Services" is not listed, you will need to add it by reinstalling the Novell Client for Windows Vista or by editing the following registry key:


The value for the Novell Client provider is "NCFSD." The value data for the ProviderOrder value name on a typical Vista workstation with the Novell Client installed may appear as:


These entries appear in the Manage Network Connections UI as the following list:

NetWare Services
Microsoft Windows Network
Microsoft Terminal Server Network Provider
Web Client Network

Change Log

27Oct2010, Earle Wells, Expanded list of products in "Environment" section.


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  • Document ID:7000693
  • Creation Date:17-JUN-08
  • Modified Date:11-APR-13
    • NovellClient

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