Problem trying to load a dos netware client

Posted on 2014-07-11
Last Modified: 2014-07-14
We have an old program that only runs in dos so I installed freedos on a pc and am trying to load a netware client to talk to our old netware 4.11 server.  
I got the file that from novell's website and ran the install program.  It created a "startnet.bat"(attached) which includes several lines such as "load c:\novell\client32\ipx.nlm"  When the batch file is run, each line with a load command comes back "bad command or filename - 'load' "
  The first thing startnet.bat does is load nios.exe which I have confirmed loads and then it tries the "load" commands which all fail.  
Any help would be appreciated.
Question by:glennmgray

    Author Comment

    Sorry, I forgot to hit upload on the attachment
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    Expert Comment

    I think you got a wrong file, not for the client. NLM files are loaded on the netware server, not on the clients.
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    Accepted Solution

    That looks like the right file to me - that is Client32.  Client32 was introduced in 1996, and it uses NLMs on the client side.

    1996 support article says it requires MS DOS 5.x or PC DOS 5.x or higher.  Maybe FreeDOS is the problem - or maybe this version of the client is incompatible.  Suggest you try installing on a supported OS.

    Take a look at the preconfigured boot disks here:

    Author Comment

    The software was installed using Novell Client Install 2.71 and the Novell client for dos was checked so it's probably the right install program.  I'll try and find a copy of ms-dos to install and try that.
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    Expert Comment

    by:Gary Patterson
    Or you could just grab one of the pre-built boot disks that have a working config already installed and work backwards from there.

    Author Closing Comment

    Not the result I was hoping for, but it IS FreeDos.  I installed ms-dos 6.22 and was able to install netware and get it running with no problems.

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