MAC 10.6 workstations cannot connect to NetWare 6.5 servers over AFP

  • 7004561
  • 29-Sep-2009
  • 26-Apr-2012


Novell NetWare 6.5 Support Pack 8
Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard


Trying to connect to the server via Finder gives the error
'Connection failed: There was an error connecting to the server "<hostname>.<domainname>".
Check the server name or IP address, and then try again. If you are unable to
resolve the problem contact your system administrator."


This has been resolved in the AFP patch that is currently available from
Click on the link > Under Product or Technology select NetWare > type "MAC OSX 10.6 support" in the keywords field without the quotes > click on Search.  This will list the patch for you to select and download.

NOTE:  This patch is supported running on NetWare 6.5 Support Pack 8 only.  Servers that are running SP6 or SP7 will need to be upgraded to SP8 before this patch can be applied.
NOTE: Apple has now released 10.6.2
See 'About the Mac OS X v10.6.2 Update'
( which specifically includes Network file systems fixes provided for:

* compatibility with third-party AFP servers

Additional Information

The following entry is made in /var/log/kernel.log - '18/06/2009 12:29:55    kernel  
AFP_VFS afpfs_mount: illegal vol ID 4098' (where 4098 seems to vary).