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.

If you have NW6.5, version tracking is *much* easier. The console version command, Abend Log, and the patch names will all read pretty much the same (with some substituting of a 3rd "decimal" instead of a letter; the "decimal" is the ordinal of the letter's alphabetical position).

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.

Netware 6.5

Finally, in NW6.5, the major number was bumped and the increments were consistent. 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.

Netware 5.x/6.0 Version Decoder Ring
OS+Support Pack Version String "Decimal" Server.NLM Date
NW5.1SP5 5.00_ 5.00.10 July 10, 2002
NW5.1SP7 5.00.10 | December 9, 2003
NW5.1SP8 5.00.11 January 19, 2005

Room for Corrections

Looking forward to the sysops' notes on this page.