Learn Windows XP Professional in 15 Minutes a Week: NWLink IPX/SPX/NetBIOS Compatible Transport Protocol

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Oct 24, 2002


by Jason Zandri
www.2000trainers.com

Jason Zandri's latest article in the 'Learning Windows XP Professional in 15 Minutes a Week' series takes a look at Microsoft's implementation of Novell's IPX/SPX protocol, the NWLink IPX/SPX/NetBIOS Compatible Transport Protocol.


Welcome to this week's installment of 'Learn Windows XP Professional in 15 minutes a week,' the 17th article in this series. This article will cover the NWLink IPX/SPX/NetBIOS Compatible Transport Protocol.

NWLink IPX/SPX/NetBIOS Compatible Transport Protocol

The NWLink IPX/SPX/NetBIOS Compatible Transport Protocol is Microsoft's implementation of Novell's Internetwork Packet Exchange/Sequenced Packet Exchange (IPX/SPX) protocol.

Windows clients can be configured to use NWLink to access client and server applications running on Novell NetWare servers or on intranets where IPX/SPX or NWLink is the protocol of choice. Windows clients running NWLink and the Client Service for NetWare or NWLink and Gateway Service for NetWare can connect to NetWare servers and use their file and print services.

NetWare clients can access client and server applications running on Windows 2000 servers by using the protocol as well. NetWare clients running IPX with NetBIOS, Named Pipes, or Windows Sockets can connect to systems running Windows 2000 with NWLink installed and use applications and services on those systems. NetWare clients running IPX can also connect to systems running Windows 2000 Server with NWLink and File and Print Services for NetWare installed for file and print services.

NWLink supports Winsock and NetBIOS over IPX networking application programming interfaces (APIs), which provide interprocess communication (IPC) services.

Winsock supports existing NetWare applications written to comply with the NetWare IPX/SPX Sockets interface and NetBIOS over IPX supports communication between NetWare clients running NetBIOS and systems running Windows XP Professional and NWLink NetBIOS

In order for any of this to occur on an intranet, the NWLink IPX/SPX/NetBIOS Compatible Transport Protocol must be installed and properly configured on the Windows XP Professional system.

[NOTES FROM THE FIELD] - NWLink is not installed by default during the installation of any of the current Windows client and server operating systems. By default, you must be a member of the Administrators group to install protocols on any given system.

Windows 95 installed NWLink by default during the operating system installation.


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