Version Decoder Ring

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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.x

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.

Netware 6.0

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.

Netware 6.5

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

Netware 5.x/6.0 Version Decoder Ring
OS+Support Pack Version String   OS Version Server.NLM Date Wiki Service Manual
NW5.SP6a __ Nw50SP6A
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: 6.50.07 5.70.07 September 18, 2007 Nw65sp7


Novell has 2 TIDs that list the version numbers

Room for Corrections

Looking forward to the sysops' notes on this page.