Novell main offering is the Netware family
of network operating system products. This includes the older Netware
version 3.x server software as well as Netware version 4.x (Netware 4.11
is also know as intraNetware).
We have committed to supporting Netware,
since Netware currently offers the best File and Print server capabilities
on the market. An NT server only make sense in small network. In mid-sized
or enterprize sized networks a combination of Netware and NT is the better
The Advantages are
- Very Secure. The access control and
auditing capabilities are considered very good.
- Very Reliable. Most production Netware
servers can easily run for 6 - 12 months without needing to be rebooted.
- Netware 4.X with NDS directory services
provides a very scalable network solution.
- Very good integration with DOS, Windows
XX, Macintosh OS, as well as Unix workstations.
The disadvantages are
- Very limited as an Application Server.
However, Novell is continuing to add this capability through the
intraNetware product line.
- The console is only usable for experts.
However this is really not a problem, since one doesn't often have to
access the console (The server keeps going and going and going.... ).
But the central administration software (Netware Administrator) has much
more functionality and usability.
Frequently asked Questions about Novell
is Dead. The future belongs to NT
This isn't true. In networking
technology Microsoft's Windows NT is about 5 years behind. Novell
introduced directory services in Netware 4.0. Microsoft, on the other
hand, announced at the end of 1997 that NT 5.0 would include directory
services capabilities. (Which Microsoft will actually deliver when ?)
Windows NT has had many security
problems many of which are much like problems Netware 2.2 had 8 years
- NT is easily to administer than Novell
since it has the same user interface.
Under NT there is an application for
user administration, another one for printer administration, another one
for file administration, and another one for this and another one for
Under Novell there is a single
windows based application for the administration of all resources of the
network, all with a common look-and-feel.
- Windows NT has C2 security
certification, Netware does not
It is true that NT workstation as
well as NT server has the C2 certificate BUT only if they are
used without a network interface card or modem. (What use is a server
that is C2 certified if you can integrate it into a network ?)
Only NT 3.51 with Service Pack 3 is
C2 certified. NT 4.0 is not.
Novell intraNetware currently
in the process of certification testing for the B2 security
certification. (Which is valid with a NIC installed)