Novell Client "Use UTF8 encoding and NCPs" setting on Windows 7

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  • 20-May-2013
  • 20-May-2013


Novell Client 2 SP3 for Windows 7


The Novell Client 2 for Windows 7 always uses UTF8-enabled NCPs; this is not configurable.
Novell Storage Services (NSS) is required on Novell volumes for Unicode support.


The Novell Client 4.91 for Windows XP/2003 had the configurable setting "Use UTF8 encoding and NCPs."  When this setting is enabled the client will communicate with UTF8 capable servers using UTF8 encoding and NCPs.  UTF8 encoding allows client workstations of differing languages to more effectively communicate with the same server.

With the Novell Client 2 SP1 for Windows 7, this setting is always "On" and is not configurable. The Client now always uses UTF8-enabled NCPs which will support using almost any Unicode character in the filename.

Novell Storage Services (NSS) volumes can store Unicode filenames, but Traditional File System (TFS) volumes can not.

For non-NSS volumes, file names are restricted to characters which can be represented by the Windows "Language for non-Unicode Programs" (also known as "System Locale") configured in the Region and Language control panel.

If a Windows 7 installation media was, for example, Polish, this setting should have already defaulted to a Polish code page. If a Windows 7 installation media was English or other non-Polish language, and a Polish language pack has been installed, then the non-Polish "Language for non-Unicode Programs" setting may prevent saving Polish characters to the non-NSS volume.

Additional Information

See the Novell Client 2 SP1 for Windows Administration Guide, Section 2.1.1, "Selecting a Language" for further information.