NWLink is a Microsoft-compatible IPX/SPX protocol for Windows 2000. NWLink does not allow a computer running Windows 2000 to access files or printers shared on a NetWare server, or to act as a file or print server to a NetWare client. To access files or printers on a NetWare server, a redirector must be used, such as the Client Service for NetWare on Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Professional, or the Gateway Service for NetWare on Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Server.

NWLink is useful if there are NetWare client/server applications running that use Winsock or NetBIOS over IPX/SPX protocols. A Microsoft-compatible NetWare client, NWLink can be run on a Windows 2000 Server or Windows 2000 Professional computer to access the server portion on a NetWare server.

NetWare NetBIOS Link (NWNBLink) contains Microsoft enhancements to NetBIOS. The NWNBLink component is used to format NetBIOS-level requests and pass them to the NWLink component for transmission on the network.

For more information about NetWare IPX/SPX, see "Interoperability with NetWare" in the Windows   2000 Internetworking Guide .