Essential setting in Novel NetWare NDS&Q-Server environment
When you want to connect your network printer to Novel NetWare by using NDS & Q-Server environment, the following setting is critical:- OkiLAN7100e+ ,7200e, 7300e, 8100e, B83e Printer name Print Server name and its NDS context NDS Tree OkiLAN310e+, OkiLAN320e and OkiLAN3100e Printer Server name and its NDS context NDS Tree name
Other information like Queue, Printer (OkiLAN310e+,320e and 3100e only) are retrieved dynamically when the printer tries to connect to the Queue.
Typical flow to connect to the Queue is as follows:-
1. The printer NIC broadcasts SAP packet (Service Advertising Protocol) to find directory servers in the network. Each directory server will reply its Server ID to the printer NIC
2. The printer NIC tries to communicate with the directory server replied first. If the printer NIC does not know how to communicate with the directory server, it broadcasts RIP (Routing Information Protocol) packet to the network to find out the route to the server. The networking device for the server will reply to the printer NIC.
3. The printer NIC tries to find whether the directory server manage the NDS tree that is set in the printer NIC by using NCP (Novel Core Protocol). If the printer NIC finds the NDS tree name matched to the user setting, the printer NIC tries to find the server ID of the NDS tree by using NCP.
4. If the printer NIC does not know how to communicate with the tree, it broadcasts RIP packet to find out the route.
5. From the NDS tree, the printer NIC tries to connect the Queue by using Print Server name (Printer name for OkiLAN7100e+, 7200e, 7300e, 8100e and B83e)
As you can see, the connection to the Queue is eventually established by passing lots of packets and the printer NIC uses only Tree name, print server name and printer name (for OkiLAN7100e+, 7200e, 7300e, 8100e and B83e only).
Therefore, when you have a problem in the NDS & Q-server environment, please ask your customer about the configuration of the queue, print server, printer and tree.