Microsoft's Client Services for NetWare - Citrix MetaFrame XP

Client Services for NetWare (CSNW) is client software created by Microsoft for connecting to NDS or Bindery NetWare volumes. This software allows users to uniquely connect to any NetWare resource.

When you install Gateway Services for NetWare, Client Services for NetWare (CSNW) is also installed. CSNW is client software created by Microsoft for connecting to NDS or Bindery NetWare volumes. This software allows users to uniquely connect to any NetWare resource.

Advantages of Client Services for NetWare

  • It uses the native Microsoft authentication and security components.
  • Each user can log into the NetWare environment with their own unique credentials.
  • Different users can access different NDS trees.
  • CSNW is good for when only a few users need access to NetWare volumes.

Disadvantages of Client Services for NetWare

  • Much slower then Novell's NDS Client.
  • Does not support NetWare IP.
  • Does not support many "native" NetWare features, such as contextless login, ZENworks desktop, NetWare Application Launcher, or NDS Printing.

Configuration of Client Services for NetWare

After you install CSNW/GSNW, the first time that a user logs on he will be presented with a NetWare login box immediately after he successfully authenticates with his Microsoft credentials. This NetWare login box is part of Microsoft's Client Services for NetWare, so this box is standard Windows gray and blue. (This is not the red and white "Novell" login box. To get that box, see the next section about Novell's NDS Client.) In this Microsoft Client Services for NetWare login box, the user can enter credentials for NDS or Bindery NetWare volumes. He can also select "none" as his NetWare server if he prefers not to connect to any NetWare resources. Whatever option he chooses is stored in his user profile.

With each subsequent logon, the user's Windows domain username and password are automatically and seamlessly passed to the bindery or NDS context that he logged into last. If his Windows username and password match his NetWare username and password (for the context or bindery saved in his profile), he is automatically logged on to that NetWare resource. If his Windows username and password are not valid in the NetWare environment, then the same NetWare login screen is presented to him, and he can: (1) enter new credentials; (2) choose a different context or server; (3) choose "none" to not log onto any NetWare resource,;or (4) choose "cancel" to cancel this request and keep his old credentials in his user profile..

At any time, if the user wants to change the NetWare settings that are saved in his user profile, he can access the "GSNW" icon in the control panel from within his user session.

 

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