DOS Emulator: Is NetWare connectivity to more than one session possible?

DOS Emulator: Is NetWare connectivity to more than one session possible?

Post by J » Tue, 20 Oct 1998 04:00:00



===== PROBLEM =====
We have a Linux server through which our clients can connect to a
DOS/NetWare based mail system using telnet, a DOS Emulator, and a plain
ol' netx-based client. However, after many years of operation, we have
found that this setup gives last-in priority. E.g. Anybody who connects
via the DOSEmu/NetWare client will kick any already-connected users off.

===== THEORY =====
My theory as to the root of the problem : Since the NetWare IPX protocol
maps client-connections to IPX addresses which are in the format
[IPXnet#.MACaddress], our Netware servers will not allow multiple
clients to connect from the Linux/DOSEmu box, since it only has one NIC,
hence one MAC address.

Because of this theory, my immediate feeling would be that multiple
sessions won't work. However, knowing that our Citrix server reliably
maintains multiple NetWare connections (with one NIC installed)
contradicts this feeling.

===== QUESTIONS =====
Does anybody have any suggestions on how to configure a Linux/DOSEmu
host to run and maintain multiple NetWare connections over IPX?

If this is absolutely impossible (due to limitations of unique MAC
addresses), would this be possible with NetWare/IP?

Any case implementations of a multi-NetWare-session DOSEmu setup?

TIA
Jay Lee
Network Specialist
UCLA Humanities Computing

 
 
 

1. DOS Emulator: Is NetWare connectivity to more than one session possible?

===== PROBLEM =====
We have a Linux server through which our clients can connect to a
DOS/NetWare based mail system using telnet, a DOS Emulator, and a plain
ol' netx-based client. However, after many years of operation, we have
found that this setup gives last-in priority. E.g. Anybody who connects
via the DOSEmu/NetWare client will kick any already-connected users off.

===== THEORY =====
My theory as to the root of the problem : Since the NetWare IPX protocol

maps client-connections to IPX addresses which are in the format
[IPXnet#.MACaddress], our Netware servers will not allow multiple
clients to connect from the Linux/DOSEmu box, since it only has one NIC,

hence one MAC address.

Because of this theory, my immediate feeling would be that multiple
sessions won't work. However, knowing that our Citrix server reliably
maintains multiple NetWare connections (with one NIC installed)
contradicts this feeling.

===== QUESTIONS =====
Does anybody have any suggestions on how to configure a Linux/DOSEmu
host to run and maintain multiple NetWare connections over IPX?

If this is absolutely impossible (due to limitations of unique MAC
addresses), would this be possible with NetWare/IP?

Any case implementations of a multi-NetWare-session DOSEmu setup?

Please Cc: responses to my email. Thanks.
Jay Lee
Network Specialist
UCLA Humanities Computing

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