screenshot of netware

screenshot of netware

Post by bulk8 » Tue, 12 Oct 2004 02:19:13

I have been for years trying to find a screenshot of Novell Netware. I
have never used it, but I want to know what kind of GUI it is and does
someone have a screenshot of it, like the desktop or command prompt,
and is Netware a really big program for DOS, or a total OS loading
from the Master Boot Record?

screenshot of netware

Post by David Gers » Tue, 12 Oct 2004 02:30:19

Since there are many virtual screens on the average NetWare server, which
one would you like a picture of?

For versions that feature a GUI, it's based on X11. Being a "server"
operating system, there's not much of a "desktop" to it. Desktops are
for users.

It's an operating system. Earlier versions (v1.x and v2.x) loaded
from the MBR via the "cold boot loader". This was a pain if something
went wrong, so with NW 3.x, they changed it to allow a small DOS
partition to be used to boot the server and load the operating system;
once the OS is running, DOS can be removed from memory if desired.
Versions 3.x, 4.x, 5.x, and 6.0 all use the DOS boot partition. I
haven't seen it yet, but I've heard that 6.5 may go back to offering
the cold boot loader again as an option.

| David Gersic XXXX@XXXXX.COM |
| Herblock's Law: If it's good, they discontinue it. |
| Email address is munged to avoid spammers. Remove the underscores. |


screenshot of netware

Post by bulk8 » Wed, 13 Oct 2004 11:53:36

Since I dont really know what I am talking about, I would like to see
the main, or screen you get when it finished booting, or the main menu
or something big and major and central. The X11 screenshot would be
nice too, again I would like something main, like a screen I would get
if I sat down and turned on the monitor. If Netware has multiple
desktops/tty/consoles like linux does, I would like to see the main
one or login one.

screenshot of netware

Post by Peter Clin » Wed, 13 Oct 2004 18:42:28

On the 6.5 server I have here, once it's finished booting and I'm on the
main console screen it has MPD2: prompt, and, errrr, that's it.

If that doesn't sound very exciting, then hey ho, it isn't. But the
computer is actually doing useful work serving files reliably and
securely to connected users rather than producing fancy graphical
representations of the fact, which would just waste memory, and since
it's sat in a locked space away from my desk there really wouldn't be
much point.

NetWare doesn't have a "look". There are Java programs like ConsoleOne
you can run on the X console, but you can run them on connected
workstations too where they just look like another Windows (or whatever)

If you want something to look at and say "Wow!" then NetWare is not the
product to do it. If you want reliable and secure file service that
integrates very well with organisational directories then it's well
worth a look.

Peter Clinch Medical Physics IT Officer
Tel 44 1382 660111 ext. 33637 Univ. of Dundee, Ninewells Hospital
Fax 44 1382 640177 Dundee DD1 9SY Scotland UK
net XXXX@XXXXX.COM ~pjclinch/

screenshot of netware

Post by David Gers » Sat, 23 Oct 2004 03:32:39

Ok, sorry for the delay in getting back to you. Here you go.

The main system console screen:

If you don't have the GUI enabled, this is usually where
you'd end up at the end of a server booting. The command prompt
is set to show the server name. Commands can be typed here.

Here's the GUI:

Looks like XFree86, 'cause it is, ported to the NetWare operating
system. Has various things that require it, or that run under it.

And, just for the sake of it, here's the SSL handshake screen:

It's hard to say what you might see at that point. It depends on how
the server has been configured, what's loaded and running, and where
it was left. Multiple virtual "screens" are available. The last one
to load, or the one that has been most recently used, is likely to be
the one you'd be looking at if you just sat down and turned on the
monitor. Depending on the configuration, you may or may not run in to
the screen saver, or have to type in a password to see anything at all.

There's no "login" screen, the OS is meant to be used remotely. The
console is conceptually similar to a Linux server's console, meant only
for configuration or system changes, not for the end user.

There are multiple screens, kinda similar to Linux's multiple TTY setup,
but the keystrokes are different. Instead of using the function keys to
switch, you use Alt-Esc and Ctrl-Esc to change screens.

| David Gersic XXXX@XXXXX.COM |
| WordPerfect: It's not just a word processor, it's a religion. |
| Email address is munged to avoid spammers. Remove the underscores. |

screenshot of netware

Post by U-18 » Sat, 23 Oct 2004 11:09:05


Hello again David,

One question: Just how did you produce those screen grabs? Console
utility? Grabbed at a non-console system?


screenshot of netware

Post by David Gers » Sat, 23 Oct 2004 11:37:38

The Netware Remote Manager (aka "NORM") web interface. The NetWare 6.5
version allows access to the GUI, which even works pretty well, in
addition to the regular text screens. Then just take screenshots via
your preferred method.

| David Gersic XXXX@XXXXX.COM |
| Chevrolet: Crappy Hot-Running Engines, Very Rusted Out, Lose Every Time |
| Email address is munged to avoid spammers. Remove the underscores. |

screenshot of netware

Post by U-18 » Sat, 23 Oct 2004 12:20:45

Thanks. Enjoy your weekend!


screenshot of netware

Post by bulk8 » Sun, 24 Oct 2004 09:52:25

I bow in its (the screenshots) glory. Never saw them before, and a 11
yr wish to see the gui of netware has been given to me. Thank you very