NetWare 3.x

Novel NetWare was an early and powerful network/file sharing operating system. It was first released in 1983 and supported DOS and CP/M clients and was initially unique in that it shared individual files rather than entire disk volumes. Initially servers ran on a proprietary Motorola 68000 system but quickly changed to IBM PC where it supported a very wide variety of third party hardware. It used a cooperative tasking server environment and had some advanced features usually only found in mainframe products.

During the late 80s and early 90s, NetWare was very popular with large enterprise businesses. The first releases of DOOM used NetWare's IPX protocol for networking support. Later NetWare versions added TCP/IP support in addition to its native IPX protocol.

NetWare competed against larger networking systems such as DEC Pathworks, and smaller systems such as Banyan VINES and Lantastic. In the mid 1980s Microsoft introduced their own LAN system, Microsoft LAN Manager. NetWare was largely displaced In the late 90s, as Microsoft LAN Manager was integrated in to Windows NT.

The last version, 6.5SP8 was released in May 2009.

Release notes

3.x adds 32-bit 386 protected mode support.

It included new features such as NetWare Loadable Modules, a new file system, and NetWare Link Services Protocol.

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Download count
29 (15 for release)


Download name Version Language Architecture File size Downloads
Novell NetWare 3.11 (1991) (3.5-1.44mb) 3.11 English 9.28MB 4
Novell NetWare 3.12F (ISO) 3.12F English 48.54MB 3
Novell NetWare 3.2 Enhancement Pack (ISO) 3.2 Enhancement Pack English 89.62MB 2
Novell Netware 3.12 (3.5) 3.12 English 68.89MB 6


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