Installing Novell Client for Windows on an Active Directory Domain Controller

Updated: September 15, 2010

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

To install Novell Client for Windows on the Windows Server 2003 R2 domain controller, follow these steps:

  1. To begin the Novell Client for Windows installation, insert the CD or mount the .iso file into the appropriate drive.

    If you do not have a CD with the software, you can download a copy of the Novell Client for Windows from the Novell Web site.


  3. The Software License Agreement dialog box appears. Read and then confirm (click Yes) the Novell software license to continue the installation.

  4. On the first Network Client Installation page, click View Readme to read updated information that is not available in the product documentation.

  5. After you review the Readme information, click Custom Installation, and then click Next.

  6. The second Network Client Installation page appears. Because the Novell Client for Windows is a required feature, the check box for it is selected by default. If you want to install any of the optional features, select the appropriate check box(es), and then click Next.

  7. On the Additional Products page, the default options Novell Modular Authentication Services (NMAS) and Novell International Cryptographic Infrastructure (NICI) are selected. Accept these defaults, and then click Next.

  8. On the Protocol Preference page, the default IP and IPX option is selected. Select the appropriate option for your system configuration, or accept the default, and click Next.

    Installing both the IP and IPX protocols provides maximum flexibility. The servers running Windows Server 2008 R2 can use either IP or IPX communication protocols with the NetWare server(s) in the environment.

  9. On the Login Authenticator page, you can select the NetWare server version that the client connects to. Click eDirectory (for NetWare 4.x or later) or Bindery (for NetWare 3.x) to configure the software for connectivity to your software environment. Click Next to continue.

  10. The custom installation of Novell Client for Windows has completed. Click Finish to complete the installation.

  11. After you finish the installation, you are prompted to reboot the server. You must restart the server for the changes to take effect.

  12. After you restart the server, a Novell Ctrl-Alt-Del login prompt appears on the server’s screen. Type a NetWare Server supervisor login ID in the Username text box, and then type a valid password in the Password text box.

  13. While you will typically login to eDirectory, at this time, select the Workstation only login option. This allows you to directly access the Windows domain, which is necessary for the remainder of the migration process.

  14. Click OK to log in to the system and test connectivity.


If you select Workstation only on the login screen, you only log on locally to the Windows Server 2003 R2 domain controller and not the NetWare Server.

If desired, you can confirm functionality of the Novell Client for Windows installation at this time by logging in to the NetWare server and mapping a drive to the NetWare 4.x, 5.x, or 6.x Server or by running **FCONSOLE** from the Command Prompt to connect to a NetWare 3.x Server. However, you must log out and then log on to the Windows Server 2003 R2 domain controller to continue the migration process.  


Both the Windows Server 2003 R2 and NetWare logon IDs and passwords need to be correct to connect to their respective servers. After credentials for both systems have been correctly entered, the new logon screen allows you to connect to both the Windows and NetWare networks simultaneously.