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Novell Announces NetWare Update

Novell, Inc. Monday announed plans to ship NetWare 4.2, its network solution that enables enterprises to manage and control complex networks, by year's end.

The new product replaces intraNetWare and NetWare 4.11. It uses NetWare 4 as its foundation, adding support for Novell Directory Services. Novell said the latest version delivers system reliability, efficient centralized administration of desktops, tighter Internet/intranet integration and NetWare 5 compatibility in a single package. The product has been in beta testing since September.

NetWare 4.2 enhancements include:

  • Compatibility with NetWare 5 by including IP and IPX protocol integration and NetWare 4's most current version of NDS.

  • Tools that provide centralized administration of Windows desktops and applications.

  • Lower cost of ownership by offering a five-user version of Oracle8 database.

  • NetWare 4.2 provides improved Internet/intranet services, including Netscape FastTrack Server for NetWare, Netscape Communicator and a new version of multi-protocol router. New versions of the Perl and NetBasic scripting tools are also included to make the development of Web-based applications even easier.

  • Reliability updates, including the support of the Euro currency and features components tested for Year 2000 readiness.

    "NetWare 4 has and will continue to be an important part of the network solution on which many of our customers depend," said John Slitz Jr., senior vice president of corporate marketing at Novell. "NetWare 4.2 reinforces our commitment to our NetWare 4 customers, while facilitating a phased migration to a NetWare 5 environment."

    NetWare 4.2 is slated for customer availability by Dec. 31. A server with a five-user license will retail for $1,095. Additional user client packs will be available for customer purchase in any combination and upgrade pricing is also available for current NetWare customers. Additional information on NetWare 4.2 can be found on NetWare4 site.