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Language: Web Development
Expertise: Beginner
Mar 18, 1997

NetWare and IP

Question:
How do I route IP traffic on my Novell server?

Answer:
In order to take advantage of the TCP/IP networking protocol on your Novell 3.x or 4.x server, you first have to load the tcpip.nlm. If you want to accomplish IP routing, load tcpip with the forward=yes option to enable IP packet forwarding. Let us assume the following scenario:

Two Ethernet segments, (subnets with IP addresses) as follows:

AAA.BBB.CCC.ppp and
AAA.BBB.DDD.qqq
First, to enable IP on these interfaces, you will need to type this on your console:
:load tcpip forward=yes
Then, you need to ensure that the LAN drivers are loaded for both the above interfaces with the Ethernet_II frame type. To accomplish this, type:
:load landrv1 slot=N name=landrv_name
frame=Ethernet_II
You would then bind the IP protocol to the LAN driver as follows:
:bind ip to landrv_name addr=AAA.BBB.CCC.ppp
mask=FF.FF.FF.0
Note: We are assuming a subnet mask of 255.255.255.0 (24 bits)

Please repeat the above for the second IP interface, ensuring that the address is the appropriate one (in our example it's AAA.BBB.DDD.qqq) and the same 24-bit subnet mask is used.

If you have an additional router at your site that connects you to the outside world, edit the sys:\etc\gateways file to add the following:

net 0.0.0.0 gateway AAA.BBB.CCC.XXX
In the above statement, XXX is the node address of your main router (we assume that it is on the AAA.BBB.CCC segment)

Return to the server console and type:

:load ipconfig

Please note that ipconfig needs be loaded after the IP protocol has been bound to the LAN driver interfaces.

Your Novell server is now routing IP. You can verify this by loading the tcpcon.nlm at the console. You can also verify connectivity by logging on to a workstation on one of the segments and pinging a node on the other segment or a remote node (if a WAN scenario exists).

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