NetWare 5.1 Server


This guest operating system is supported on the following VMware products:

General Installation Notes

Be sure to read General Guidelines for All VMware Products as well as this guide to installing your specific guest operating system.

You can install NetWare 5.1 in a virtual machine using the standard Novell NetWare 5.1 CD-ROM.

Keep the following issues in mind:

Installation Steps

To install NetWare 5.1 in a virtual machine, take the following steps.

  1. Insert the Novell NetWare 5.1 CD into the CD-ROM drive.
  2. Power on the virtual machine to start installing NetWare 5.1.
  3. Read and accept the license agreement.
  4. Create a new boot partition. The guest operating system reboots. The installation continues.
  5. VMware ESX Server: Skip to step 6.

    VMware Workstation, VMware ACE and VMware GSX Server: To configure IP networking, do one of the following:

  6. Finish the installation by following the on-screen instructions.

    After you finish the installation, install VMware Tools, which installs and loads the CPU idler program.

VMware Tools for NetWare 5.1 Guest Operating Systems

Be sure to install VMware Tools in your guest operating system. For details, see the manual for your VMware product or follow the appropriate link in the knowledge base article at

Installing VMware Tools also installs and loads the CPU idler program. NetWare servers do not idle the CPU when the operating system is idle. As a result, a virtual machine takes CPU time from the host regardless of whether the NetWare server software is idle or busy. To prevent unnecessary slowdowns, VMware recommends that, after you install VMware Tools, you keep the NetWare CPU idle program loaded.

Known Issues

Updated LSI Logic SCSI Driver

If you are running NetWare 5.1 Support Pack 6, you should install the latest LSI Logic SCSI driver. For information on obtaining and installing the driver, see

Disconnecting VMware Tools ISO File

After the virtual machine reboots while installing VMware Tools, make sure the virtual machine releases the VMware Tools ISO image. Choose Edit > Removable Devices > CD-ROM, and if the CD-ROM's configuration shows the VMware Tools ISO image, change it back to Use physical drive.

Pentium 4 Host Page Fault

During the installation of the guest operating system on an Intel Pentium 4 host, you may encounter a Page Fault error. If this error occurs, you must apply a NetWare 5.1 patch on the host machine. For details,

Cannot Mount a CD-ROM as a Volume

If you are not running NetWare 5.1 with Support Pack 6, you cannot mount the CD-ROM as a volume. To mount a CD-ROM with the support pack installed, do one of the following:

For more information, see

Using More than One Virtual Network Adapter on the Same Network

If you use more than one virtual network adapter connected to the same network, error messages appear in the System Console.

Examples of error messages you might see include:

Router configuration error detected

Router at node 000C29D02242 claims network 511F827 should be 2010F5EA

Router configuration error detected

Router at node 000C29D0224C claims network 2010F5EA should be 511F827

You can ignore these errors safely. However, to avoid seeing the errors, connect the virtual network adapters to separate networks.

Grabbing the Mouse Pointer

If the virtual machine is unable to grab or ungrab the mouse, it may be due to a Java class not being referenced in the virtual machine. In the NetWare 5.1 guest operating system, check the xinitrc file, which is located in sys:\java\nwgfx\. Take the following steps.

  1. In the virtual machine, switch to the system console, then type:
    load edit
  2. Press the Insert key to browse to the sys:\java\nwgfx\xinitrc file.
  3. In the file, look for this line:
    java -classpath $JAVA_HOME\classes\VMWtool.jar;$CLASSPATH VMWTool -iw
  4. If the line does not exist, add it to the file. Press the Esc key. Save the file.
  5. Restart the guest operating system. In the system console, type
    restart server

    The virtual machine should be able to grab and ungrab the mouse now.

Cannot Browse File System with Arrow Keys

If you are using text mode and want to browse the file system, you may notice that the arrow keypad and Insert key do not allow you to navigate directories. To work around this issue, use the numeric keypad, but first turn off the number lock by pressing the Num Lock key.