Unable to access NetWare CIFS shares

  • 3587810
  • 10-Jan-2007
  • 27-Apr-2012


Novell NetWare
Novell Open Enterprise Server (NetWare based)
Novell Native File Access Pack
Novell CIFS
Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Support Pack 4
Microsoft Windows XP Professional Support Pack 2



Novell Native File Access for Windows (CIFS) has been installed and configured on the NetWare server but the shares cannot be accessed from the Microsoft Windows workstations.


From the same workstation is possible to access shares on Microsoft servers and Samba servers, but trying to reach a share on a Novell CIFS server the following error is returned:

The network path was not found."


NetBIOS over TCP/IP has been disabled on the workstation


On the problem workstations go to:

Network Connections --> Local Area Connection Properties --> Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Properties --> Advanced TCP/IP Settings --> WINS

and in the NetBIOS setting select "Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP".

Additional Information

When Microsoft implemented CIFS it was done over NetBIOS, then moved to encapsulate NetBIOS packets inside TCP/IP (NetBIOS over TCP)

It was at that time that Novell implemented support for the CIFS protocol, so Novell CIFS only emulate Microsoft CIFS with NetBIOS over TCP/IP.

Later on, Microsoft implemented an option of running CIFS removing the requirement for NetBIOS and running directly over TCP/IP, but Novell CIFS did not implement this new mode, whereas Samba did.

Novell's CIFS implementation only runs using NetBIOS over TCP/IP.