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Internetworking Technologies Handbook, Fourth Edition by Cisco Systems, Inc.

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Chapter 37. NetWare Protocols

Objectives

  • Introduce the NetWare protocol IPX/SPX, used primarily in Novell-based networks.

  • Discuss the structures and functioning of this protocol, from its introduction in the early 1980s to its current form.

Background

NetWare is a network operating system (NOS) that provides transparent remote file access and numerous other distributed network services, including printer sharing and support for various applications such as electronic mail transfer and database access. NetWare specifies the upper five layers of the OSI reference model and, as such, runs on any media-access protocol (Layer 2). Additionally, NetWare runs on virtually any kind of computer system, from PCs to mainframes. This chapter summarizes the principal ...

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