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Can you get a Pure IP NetWare 5.x connection with DOS/WIN 3.x client.

(Last modified: 29Jul2003)

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Can you get a Pure IP NetWare 5.x connection with DOS/WIN 3.x client.


Novell NetWare 5.1

Novell NetWare 5.0

Novell NetWare Client 2.71 for DOS/Windows


Novell Client for DOS and Windows 3.1x is an IPX-only Application.
If you want to connect to NetWare 5 IP-only servers using the Novell Client for DOS and Windows 3.1x, you must install Compatibility Mode on the IP-only servers and have a Migration Agent on the network.

Note: There are solutions on Novell's support site that give directions on how to create a NATIVE IP DOS BOOT diskette. Please understand that the purpose of this boot disk is to allow customers to be able to install new NetWare 5.x servers into the network with a NATIVE IP connection to another server. This is an unsupported configuration for clients to use for workstation connectivity. There is little functionality and will not be supported with the exception of new server installations. See How To Create a NetWare 5 Client IP Boot Disk.

Note:  This solution is not supported by Novell.  This solution provided as  best effort support.

The cool solutions website has various utilities on how to accomplish this.  You can find it at


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  • Document ID:
  • 10050222
  • Solution ID: NOVL396
  • Creation Date: 14Mar2000
  • Modified Date: 29Jul2003
    • NovellNetWare

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