Novell's NETX Reports MS-DOS 6.x as MS-DOS 5.0 (93653)

The information in this article applies to:
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.0
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.2
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.21
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.22

This article was previously published under Q93653


When running with MS-DOS version 6.x, Novell's NETX versions 3.31 and earlier report the operating system version as MS-DOS 5.0.


NETX version 3.31 and earlier require MS-DOS 5.0 or earlier--it does not run with MS-DOS 6.0 or 6.2 unless you use SETVER.EXE to trick it. Since SETVER tells NETX that the MS-DOS version is 5.0, NETX reports the MS-DOS version as 5.0.

This behavior could be a problem for network administrators who configure their systems to map to specific directories for different versions of MS-DOS, depending on the version reported by NETX. For example, suppose that machines running MS-DOS 3.3 are mapped to Y:\DOS\V3.30 and machines running MS-DOS 5.0 are mapped to Y:\DOS\V5.00. In this example, when you use SETVER to tell NETX you are running MS-DOS 5.0, you are logged onto the Y:\DOS\V5.00 directory.

NOTE: Novell's NETX.EXE version 3.32 is compatible with MS-DOS 6.x. The newer version of NETX correctly reports the MS-DOS version and correctly maps the directory. To obtain a new version of NETX.EXE contact Novell.

If you are using IPX, you can find the full NETX version number by using the NETX /I command.

For additional information, please see the following article(s) in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

121462 Obtaining Latest Novell Client Windows Drivers and DLLs

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Modification Type: Major Last Reviewed: 11/19/1999
Keywords: KB93653