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Theresa Husarik
Novell, Inc.

01 Oct 2000


Do you hate waiting to log in to your IPX server? You're not alone. This particular problem has generated a lot of support calls but is very easily remedied, once you understand why it's happening.

The NetWare 5 Windows 95/98 client has been redesigned, and is very different from previous versions of the 32-bit client. One big change is that, while the default install of the client installs both IP and IPX protocols, it prefers IP. This means it will attempt to make an IP connection to the specified tree or server first. If this connection doesn't come up lucky, the client will then try an IPX connection to the specified tree or server.

All of this sorting through connections takes time, and if you're like most people, time is the one thing you don't want to spend on connections. The remedy is to adjust the way the client attempts to communicate. There are several quick and easy ways to do this:

  • Use the custom install process and select IPX only. This makes the client run in IPX mode.

  • Or, use the Protocol Preferences tab under the client properties, and remove the IP protocol.

  • Or, under the Protocol Preferences tab, move the IPX protocol above the IP protocol, thereby causing the workstation to use IPX first.

  • Or, disable the binding between TCP/IP and the client. To do this, perform the following steps:

    • On Windows 95 or 98 workstations, go to Control Panel | Network | TCP/IP Protocol | Properties | Bindings and uncheck the Novell NetWare Client checkbox.
    • On a Windows NT workstation, go to Control Panel | Network | Bindings and uncheck the Novell NetWare Client checkbox.

* Originally published in Novell AppNotes


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