I have my first Windows 7 PC and need to connect it to my Netware 3.12 server. I have been running Windows XP successfully with the server.
I have read on another post that people have used Virtual PC with a new installation of XP to gain access to Netware Binderies from a Windows 7 PC. I am hoping to do the same using the included "XP Mode" in my Win7 Professional box.
I have enabled "XP Mode" in the Win7 PC and installed the Novell Client 4.91 SP5 for Windows XP.
I still cannot get it to login to the server. It will not detect any servers as available. I don't know what I am missing.
I looked in the properties of the Local Area Connection (in XP Mode) and I do have the NWLink IPX/SPX/NetBIOS protocol installed.
I am unsure of why it is not connecting. Is there a substantial difference between XP Mode and Virtual PC with a straight install of XP?
It seems like the XP Mode is more tightly tied to and operates through the Win7 host OS. I am not sure if the XP Mode has direct access to the hardware or if it has to communicate through Win7 (which does not understand IPX/SPX).
My next thought is to try a discrete NIC instead of the onboard adapter. Maybe the card itself doesn't play well with ODI drivers and the like. I have always had good results with Intel Pro100 cards on my PCI based machines. I can find a PCIe equivalent and try it.
If anyone has any experience with this kind of "bridge to the past", please let me know.
UPDATE: I have tried giving XP Mode direct access to the LAN Interface via the "Tools" drop down menu at the top of the Virtual PC window. The default is to use NAT (Network Address Translation) and masquerade as the host Win7 OS.
That didn't work either.
I have ordered a new Intel Pro1000 adapter that has support for DOS/ODI. I will install it and see how that goes. Maybe I will run two interfaces - the onboard for Win7 and the NIC for XP Mode. I will know more next week when the card arrives.