Novell® Native File Access Protocols lets Macintosh, Windows, and UNIX workstations access and store files on NetWare® servers without having to install any additional software, such as the Novell Client™. The software is installed only on the NetWare server and provides "out of the box" network access. Just connect the network cable, start the computer, and you have access to servers on your network. No client software installation or configuration is required.
Novell Native File Access Protocols software enables the NetWare server to use the same protocol (referred to as native) as the client workstation to copy, delete, move, save, and open files. Windows workstations perform these tasks using the native Common Internet File System (CIFS) protocol, Macintosh workstations use the native Apple* Filing Protocol (AFP), and UNIX computers use the Network File System (NFS) protocol.
Enabling native protocols on a NetWare server means that users can access files on the network, map network drives, and create shortcuts to NetWare servers using the native methods available in their specific operating system. Windows users can use their familiar Network Neighborhood (or My Network Places). Macintosh users can use Chooser or the Go menu to access network files and even create aliases. Because the NetWare server is running native protocols, users can copy, delete, move, save, and open network files—just like they would if they were working locally.
By consolidating user management through Novell ® eDirectory®, Native File Access Protocols simplifies overall 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.
NOTE:Windows users can also be managed through a Windows Domain Controller and UNIX users can be managed through Network Information Service (NIS).