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SMS and Novell Netware Interoperability

Microsoft's Systems Management Server allows for automated inventory management of workstations, software deployment, and remote troubleshooting for medium to large WANs. It has come a long way since its first version and if the majority of your environment is pure NT (servers and workstations), it can really lower your total cost of ownership. 
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Integrating SMS 2.0 with Novell Netware
A downloadable whitepaper describing Microsoft's view on how to integrate SMS into a mixed NT and Novell environment. Source

NetWare Server Roles in SMS 2.0
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 200386 - Systems Management Server (SMS) 2.0 supports NetWare servers in both Bindery mode and in an NetWare Directory Services (NDS) architecture.

NetWare TCP/IP support in SMS 2.0
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 199235 - Microsoft Systems Management Server version 2.0 now includes support for Novell NDS and Bindery emulation.

Requirements for Integrating Novell Netware with SMS 2.0
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 214869 - Microsoft Systems Management Server 2.0 supports interaction with certain versions of Novell Netware. This article provides a quick list of requirements for installing logon points, client access points (CAPs), or distribution points onto Netware Servers.


Additional Articles worth Reading..
Tech Brief: Configuring Systems Management Server and Novell's NDS
Tech Brief: Configuring Systems Management Server and Novell's NDS Centralized Management for Windows-based Systems Introduction With the advent of NDS (Netware Directory Services), Novell has changed its networking strategy from a server-based architecture to a distributed 

Managing and Integrating a Legacy Novell NetWare 4.1x Environment with SMS
Managing and Integrating a Legacy Novell NetWare 4.1x Environment with SMS By Rick Varvel, Microsoft Consulting Services, Portland This article looks at how ABC Co. integrated Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) into its Novell NDS environment to help with hardware and software 

Troubleshooting: Known Bugs and Issues 
Cannot Communicate with NetWare 5 Servers
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 233389 - Systems Management Server version 2.0 does not communicate with Novell NetWare version 5. (updated 8/25/1999)

NDS Logon Server Manager Reports Error Removing Logon Scripts When Logon Scripts Are Not Enabled
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 256651 - When removing a logon point configured on a Novell NetWare 4.

Multiple SMS 2.0 Sites Cannot Use Same NetWare Bindary and NDS Servers as Logon Points
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 215057 - Multiple SMS 2.0 sites cannot use the same NetWare Bindary Servers and NetWare NDS servers as logon points.

Netware Redirector Causes Message During SMS 2.0 Setup
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 198641 - A message may appear when running the setup program for Systems Management Server 2.0. The message states: You are using a Novell NetWare Login Box which may cause connectivity problems affecting Systems Management Server. It is recommended that you refer to the Systems Management Server 2.0 Release Notes (Readme.htm) before continuing. Do you want to continue?

NetWare Users Do Not Have Rights to the SMSLOGON Directory
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 201812 - If after logging onto the server you attempt to view the available folders on the NetWare server you will find that SMSLOGON is not one of them. This folder is only available if you have administrator security equivalence. This is a known issue.

SMSINST: NetWare Bindery Server Must Be Client's Preferred Server
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 213285 - Systems Management Server 2.0 clients authenticate to a NetWare Bindery server. The NetWare server must be configured as a Systems Management Server CAP and logon point. The client will specify this NetWare server as the preferred server when logging on to NetWare in order to correctly report its inventory to the SMS site server.


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