How To Use Both NetWare Servers and Windows Servers in Windows 2000

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This step-by-step article is intended for use by network administrators who operate in an environment that requires client access to both Windows 2000 and Novell NetWare resources but do not wish to install additional software on each client.

Gateway Services for NetWare

There are two ways to provide access to NetWare from Windows-based clients. You can provide a connection at the server level by using Gateway Services for NetWare (GSNW), or by installing Client Services for NetWare on each client. The information in this article is based on your providing access at the server level.

How to Install GSNW

  1. In Network and Dial-up Connections, right-click a local area connection, and then click Properties.
  2. On the General tab, click Install.
  3. Click Client as the type of network component that you want to install, and then click Add.
  4. In the Select Network Client dialog box, click Gateway (and Client) Services for NetWare, and then click OK.
  5. Restart the computer if you are prompted to do so.
After you install GSNW, configure the service to match your environment.

How to Configure GSNW

  1. Click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click Gateway Services for Netware.
  2. If you are connecting to an NDS environment, specify a default tree and context. If you are not connecting to NDS, select a preferred server from the list of servers, or type the server name directly.
  3. Map and configure shares to NetWare resources:
    1. Create a group on the NetWare server that is named NTGATEWAY and create a user account that has access to the resources that you want to use. Make the new user account a member of the NTGATEWAY group.
    2. Click Gateway, and then click to select the Enable Gateway check box.
    3. Type the name and password of the gateway account that you just created.
    4. Click Add, type the share name that Windows clients will use to connect to the NetWare resource into the Share Name box.
    5. Type the network path of the NetWare volume or folder into the Network Path box.
    6. Type the default drive that you want to use to connect to the share.
    7. Accept the default of "Unlimited" for the user limit, and then click OK.

Configuring the NWLink Protocol

When you install GSNW, the installation process also installs the NWLink IPX/SPX/NetBIOS-compatible transport protocol if it is not already present on the server.

How to Configure the NWLink Protocol

  1. In Network and Dial-up Connections, right-click a local area connection, and then click Properties.
  2. Click NWLink IPX/SPX/NetBIOS-Compatible Transport in the list of components, and then click Properties.
  3. If you need to change the internal network number (generally, you don't), type a new value in the Internal Network Number box.
  4. If you want to select a frame type manually (in most cases, you should accept the default automatic detection setting):
    1. Click Manual Frame type detection.
    2. Click Add, select a frame type, and then type a network number.

The third-party products that are discussed in this article are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding the performance or reliability of these products.


Article ID: 300976 - Last Review: January 11, 2015 - Revision: 2.3
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
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