Subject RE: [ib-support] IB for NetWare & Win2000 IPX/SPX
Author David R. Robinson
>> Out of interest, can the W2K boxes communicate in general with Netware
over IPX?
The Win2k bit seems to be the piece that's changed. Are there issues with
support from Win2k generally?

It seems to be BDE related. You can connect with Server Manager and ISQL on
the NetWare server using IPX/SPX. BDEAdmin and our application fail using

>> Considering that even Novell have abandoned IPX/SPX for TCP/IP and MS no
see Netware as a competitor your customers would be well advised to consider
removing the IPX protocol from the equation entirely, imo. Netware has
supported tcp/ip (at least as far back 3.11) so it is nigh on certain that
customers will be able to use it. With one common protocol they might even
see a
performance improvement.

TCP/IP works fine (much better in fact) and it is what we HIGHLY recommend
that everyone to use. In fact, we recommend that they use something other
than NetWare for their IB server platform.

Unfortunately, we just have a lot of stubborn NetWare customers. They use
lame excuses like, "our web server does not have a firewall so we don't want
to put TCP/IP on the workstations for security" (even thought they probably
have the webserver connected with IPX/SPX). Mostly they are just cheap and
don't want to spend any money even if it would improve their technology.

Does anyone have any ideas on this?

David R.