There are some protocol issues when using Novell on WANs but I've
heard of very few security issues. Novell 4.x seems to be extremely
secure and although I'm not a hacker, the ones that I've known well
(some of them have been arrested for hacking) were never very
successful bypassing NetWare security. They bragged about many UNIX
operating systems, a few IBM mainframes and MAC networks but never
bragged about Novell exploits. Even when I asked they didn't seem to
like it much.
You can run TCP/IP on your Novell LAN and skip IPX but that is new
technology and I don't know anyone that has installed that it in a
The Novell server can be used as the Internet router but it won't provide
any packet filtering, you won't be able to block certain address or ports
and you can't use it for any kind of a firewall.
To some it all up. I like Novell, I've used it for years and I
beleive that it's very secure but a good UNIX box or a dedicated
router is a better solution for an Internet connection.
Steve Moubray (612) 296-2991
e-mail: steve .
Minnesota Department of Revenue
10 River Park Plaza
St. Paul, MN 55146-7120