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Chapter 20. Networking Mix and Match > Internetworking with Novell NetWare

Internetworking with Novell NetWare

Novell NetWare was one of the first PC-based network operating systems and for many years was virtually unchallenged as the LAN platform for the business world. It's still arguably the fastest and most efficient file sharing service available for PC networks, and its eDirectory enterprise directory and support services are still considered to be superior to Microsoft's Active Directory.

While NetWare was always well-integrated with DOS and Windows, the NetWare operating system was a closed, proprietary system. This is one of the reasons for NetWare's astonishing reliability—many network managers can tell stories of NetWare servers that ran for years without needing a reboot—but also, ultimately, for NetWare's major decline in market share. Well, that, and Microsoft's giving away for free what Novell had to charge for.


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