What is a Gateway?


Is Gateway Service for NetWare designed to provide Microsoft Networking clients with high-performance access to Netware server file and print services?


This question was answered on February 7, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Supporting Microsoft Windows NT and Novell NetWare on the same network requires a knowledge of how to integrate Windows NT-based computers into existing Novell NetWare environments Primarily, NetWare is used for file and print services, with user accounts and privileges stored in the NetWare bindery or NetWare Directory Services (NDS) tree Ale bindery is the NetWare 3.x equivalent of the Windows NT directory database In NetWare 4.x, the NDS tree is used.

NetWare generally uses Internet Packet Exchange/Sequenced Packet Exchange (IPX/SPX) as its primary network protocol Microsoft developed NWLink IPX/SPX Compatible Transport to provide Windows NT-based computers with the ability to communicate with NetWare servers and clients NWLink IPX/SPX Compatible Transport can be installed on Windows NT-based computers.

By itself, NWLink IPX/SPX Compatible Transport does not provide connectivity to NetWare servers To enable a Windows NT-based computer to access services on NetWare networks, and to provide NetWare clients with the ability to use services on Windows NT Servers, Microsoft provides several tools for NetWare interoperability.

Gateway Services for NetWare (GSNW) is a tool available only on Windows NT Server; it is not available on Windows NT Workstation Gateway Services for NetWare includes Client Services for NetWare (CSNW) In combination with NWLink IPX/SPX Compatible Transport, it provides computers running Windows NT Server with the ability to access file and print resources on a Novell NetWare server.

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on February 7, 2004