IPX/SPX and Windows 2008 Server

Posted on 2011-04-29
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
I need to have IPX installed on my Windows 2008 Server.  I understand that it is not currently provided by Novell and Microsoft Windows 2008 Server does not have it; however, I need it in there.  Has anyone had success with this?
Thanks in advance.
Question by:half_techical
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    Accepted Solution

    Found here:

    IPX/SPX has been officially removed from windows server system since 2008.

    But based on experience , here is workaround that installs this protocol for server 2008 :

    1.       Copy files of path below from server 2003 to same path on server 2008:

    ·         Windows\System32\drivers(nwlnkipx.sys,nwlnkspx.sys)

    ·         Windows\inf(netnwlnk.inf)

    ·         Windows\System32(wshisn.dll,nwprovau.dll)

    2.       perform install new protocol steps on 2008  , and you can find that IPX/SPX is listed the in avaible protocol list.

    Hope that’s helpful

    Author Comment

    those steps do not work for me.
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    Expert Comment

    Why would you need it? NetWare hasn't needed IPX since NetWare v5.0 - way back in 1999.

    What are you trying to do?
    LVL 19

    Expert Comment

    What step fails and what is the error message?

    Assisted Solution

    I gave up on trying that, I went back to 2003 Server.  It just would not load the drivers because the operating system does not support it.  There is probably no way a work-a-round would be released by Microsoft because it is so legacy and a low priority.  Maybe if the developers get bored?

    Author Closing Comment

    not supported and will not install.

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