Version Decoder Ring
Draft Netware Version Wiki
Starting point for Netware Version (tracking) wiki -- for those who need to maintain older configurations.
Only NW6.5 is currently supported. For older versions, this page reflects community wisdom only.
Netware 5.0 and 5.1 use overlapping version strings. In reading abend logs, the version string (line 2 of the Abend entry, right after the abend number) may be ambiguous between several versions, and you will need the date of the server.nlm file or other additional information to decode the critter.
In Netware 6.0, version numbers incremented more consistently, but the version major code was still "5." -- justified by noting the kernel hadn't changed as much as the application products. The 2nd number should be a "60".
NW6.0 SP3 abend logs may not list module date info; this was added in later support packs.
Finally, in NW6.5 at and after Support Pack 3, the abend log shows the Product Version (PVER line) and the increments were consistent, but the version still shows a leading 5 with the 2nd number bumped ("70"). Some required patches added the code "CPR" (for "Critical Product Release") after the version to indicate an important update of the kernel or other core code between Support Packs.
The Story So Far
|OS+Support Pack||Version String||OS Version||Server.NLM Date||Wiki Service Manual|
|NW5.1SP2||5.00j||__||September 21, 2000|
|NW5.1SP5||5.00_||5.00.10||July 10, 2002|
|NW5.1SP7||5.00k||5.00.10||December 9, 2003|
|NW5.1SP8||5.00l||5.00.11||January 19, 2005||Nw51sp8|
|NW60SP3||__||5.60.03||March 27, 2003|
|NW60SP5||__||5.60.05||May 27, 2004||Nw60sp5|
|NW65SP1||__||5.70||December 11, 2003|
|NW65SP2||6.50.02||5.70.02||June 11, 2004|
|NW65SP3 CPR||PVER: 6.50.03||5.70.03||May 23, 2005|
|NW65SP4||PVER: 6.50.04||5.70.04||August 15, 2005|
|NW65Sp5||PVER: 6.50.05||5.70.05||December 16, 2005||Nw65sp5|
|NW65SP5 CPR||PVER: 6.50.05||5.70.05||April 11, 2006||Nw65sp5|
|NW65SP6||PVER: 6.50.06||5.70.06||October 26, 2006||Nw65sp6|
|NW65SP7||PVER: 6.50.7||5.70.7||September 18, 2007||Nw65sp7|
Novell has 2 TIDs that list the version numbers
- For NetWare 5.0/5.1 : http://support.novell.com/docs/Tids/Solutions/10077350.html
- For NetWare 6.0 : http://support.novell.com/docs/Tids/Solutions/10088646.html
Room for Corrections
Looking forward to the sysops' notes on this page.