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November 7, 1993


By CBR Staff Writer

Novell Inc, Provo, Utah has announced its replacement for NetWare Lite, in the shape of the Personal NetWare first hinted at in July. Describing the new incarnation as a major upgrade, (CI No 2,279), Novell says that one of its major benefits is that Personal NetWare incorporates the same Universal NetWare Client as NetWare 2.X, 3.X and 4.X: previously two different shells were required to talk to NetWare Lite and full-blown NetWare. This unification has also been extended to network administration and security, which the company says is now seamlessly integrated with NetWare. Also new with Personal NetWare is a built-in SNMP agent, and Novell has added its own Network Management Responder software, which is claimed to simplify network administration and management. In addition, Personal NetWare is manageable through the company’s NDMS NetWare Distributed Management Services announced a few weeks ago. Among the other features are auto-reconnect (enabling servers to be removed or connected without interruption to other network use), and the ability to log-on to all network resources for which the user is authorised by entering just one password. Personal NetWare also enables users to mix MS-DOS- and Windows-based workstations and servers on the same network. Available by the end of the year in the US, the single-user version will have a list price of $100, with the five-user version costing $400. Novell says that it is also to offer a 90 day upgrade price of $40 to existing users of NetWare Lite and DR DOS. German, Spanish, French, Italian and Japanese local language versions are expected around six weeks after the launch in the US.

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