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Error: The version of NETWARE.DRV currently in use does not provide...

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Environment

Novell Client 2 for Windows

Situation

An application throws the error:

The version of NETWARE.DRV currently in use does not provide enough functionality to run this program in a Novell server environment. Please upgrade to a more current version of Novell Client software.

Clearing the error allows processing to proceed normally.

Resolution

Upgrade the 16-bit application to a current (32- or 64-bit) version, or continue to run the application on a version of Windows and Novell Client that support 16-bit applications.

Cause

The problem is a result of a 16-bit Windows or 16-bit DOS application being used on a platform where the Novell Client does not support such applications (Novell Client for Windows Vista and later). NETWARE.DRV is the module which supports 16-bit applications, but it is not included in Novell Client 2 for Windows.

This error is originating from the application itself and/or from some Novell- or non-Novell-provided library which is attempting to confirm that the 16-bit Novell Client support is present, and is failing to find this support in the Novell Client installed on the machine.

Note: Not even Novell's own 16-bit applications (NWADMN16.EXE, NDIR.EXE, RIGHTS.EXE, etc.) are supported on Novell Client for Windows Server 2008 R2, as documented in Novell Client 2 SP3 for Windows Administration Guide, section 1.2.1 "Novell Client for Windows XP/2003 Features Not Included in the Novell Client for Windows" as "16-bit applications and libraries."

See TID 7000667, "Support for 16-bit applications on Novell Client for Windows Vista"

Additional Information

Windows Server 2008 R2 is x64-only.  Microsoft Windows x64 (any version) does not support or allow 16-bit applications to run. i.e. Windows itself doesn't provide that support, regardless of the Novell Client installed on the machine.

Windows Server 2008 (not R2) was available in 32-bit, and Microsoft Windows 32-bit does support and allow 16-bit applications to run.

Windows 7 x64 does not support running 16-bit Windows or 16-bit DOS applications. i.e. Windows itself doesn't provide that support, regardless of the Novell Client installed on the machine.

Windows 7 32-bit version supports running 16-bit applications, but the Novell Client running on Windows 7 does not support 16-bit applications.

On 32-bit versions of Windows, Microsoft and Windows itself does support running 16-bit applications.  (Note that an extra feature download is required first, on Windows 8 and later.)  But the Novell Client DOES NOT support 16-bit Novell applications, i.e. 16-bit applications that would have been attempting to invoke Novell-specific APIs or Novell-specific DOS functions.

A 16-bit application CAN still access Novell mapped drives and do other normal Windows operations through the 16-bit support that Windows itself provides.  But Novell-specific 16-bit operations (such as calling NETWARE.DRV functions) are not supported even on the 32-bit versions of Windows Vista and later.  Only Novell Client for Windows XP/2003 and earlier supported this.

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  • Document ID:7014863
  • Creation Date:07-APR-14
  • Modified Date:07-APR-14
    • NovellClient

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