Industry analysts were skeptical, to say the least. Novell threw away several years’ worth of brand recognition by changing the product name. The actual operating system was still NetWare, but the package that included all the products was called intraNetWare. With the release of NetWare 5, the package name was changed back to NetWare.
You may run into this package, or some mention of it, while you’re working on a network. Just know that intraNetWare is just NetWare by another name. I don’t really know why they changed it, but then again, why did they change the formula for Coca-Cola?
At the time of this writing, the most current version of NetWare is NetWare 5. NetWare 6 will be released soon, as it is in the beta version now. Probably the most talked-about feature of NetWare 5 is its capability to use TCP/IP in its pure form. Other companies tout “native” IP, but that usually means encapsulating some other protocol inside TCP/IP. In the NetWare 5 TCP/IP implementation, only TCP/IP RFC (Request for Comment) protocols are used to communicate between clients and servers as well as between servers. Using the NetWare 5 TCP/IP implementation is becoming popular because an administrator can use the same protocol on a LAN and a WAN.
As with any major version change, NetWare 5 includes a few important function changes. As previously mentioned, NetWare 5 includes a multiprocessing kernel. Although earlier versions supported multiple processors, you had to load several additional NLMs (including SMP.NLM). Also, NetWare 5 includes a five-user version of Oracle8, the leading relational database software for NetWare. Finally, NetWare 5 includes many expansions to the NDS database, such as the ZENworks workstation management software.