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    I've found a card marked "NOVELL INC.", "BOARD 738-61-001 REV. B", apparently from 1987, just like this one - https://www.recycledgoods.com/novell...-b-810-61-001/
    Seems like a key for some software - but what exactly? Some early Netware version?

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    From the Wikipedia entry for NetWare:

    "Server licensing on early versions of NetWare 286 was accomplished by using a key card. The key card was designed for an 8-bit ISA bus, and had a serial number encoded on a ROM chip. The serial number had to match the serial number of the NetWare software running on the server. To broaden the hardware base, particularly to machines using the IBM MCA bus, later versions of NetWare 2.x did not require the key card; serialised license floppy disks were used in place of the key cards."

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    Waste of a valuable slot. Parallel dongles were a bit more practical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck(G) View Post
    Waste of a valuable slot. Parallel dongles were a bit more practical.
    More practical in the sense of: easier to install. But still using the LPT port a lot (not for printing) and having four free ISA slots, I would prefer the card.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruud View Post
    More practical in the sense of: easier to install. But still using the LPT port a lot (not for printing) and having four free ISA slots, I would prefer the card.
    Indeed, conflicts between LPT dongles and other devices did happen, and the solution was to install a card with another LPT port.
    Either way - one more slot occupied.

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    Quote Originally Posted by modem7 View Post
    From the Wikipedia entry for NetWare:

    "Server licensing on early versions of NetWare 286 was accomplished by using a key card. The key card was designed for an 8-bit ISA bus, and had a serial number encoded on a ROM chip. The serial number had to match the serial number of the NetWare software running on the server. To broaden the hardware base, particularly to machines using the IBM MCA bus, later versions of NetWare 2.x did not require the key card; serialised license floppy disks were used in place of the key cards."
    I have an original set of Novell 3.5 disks and have never run them. I'll check them out (version) and see what's required. If they need a key then I've either lost/misplaced it or never had it.
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    I know with Netware Lite (different product but same company), the first time you install it it generates a unique key and writes it to the install media. After that you can't use the disks on any other computer for installation without getting software licence violations on the network. I'm guessing that's what "serialised licence floppy disks" might be.

    Really painful because you had to remember which set of disks go with which computer, must've been fun for techs.
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    In NetWare 3.x the license was just a file you had to copy which contained the key. You were prevented from using the same key on multiple servers because every server would broadcast its key to all the other servers on the network. If you wanted to move the license to a different computer you had to shut down the old server first.

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    After searching my rat hole for Novell this is what I found:

    Personal NetWare v1.0 (English)
    Tutorial Disk 1
    Disk 1 of 1 xxx-xxxxxx-xxx

    Novell DOS 7 (English)
    Installation + Utilities 1
    Disk 1 of 6 xxx-xxxxxx-xxx

    Novell DOS 7 (English)
    Utilities 2
    Disk 1 of 6 xxx-xxxxxx-xxx

    (Utilities 3 thru 6 are labeled as above. The "xxx" appears to be the serial number as they are on all 7 of the 3.5" floppies. Also, the copywrite is 1983-1993 and all carry the same 7120363-00-D part number).

    There are about 57 DOS related files on the install disk. It is interesting to note that the file "VIR-INFO.VRB" seems to contain the names of all of the known viruses and Trojans of the day. When I get my next DOS machine completed, I'll run the Novell setup and see what happens.
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    I've got Netware 2.03a and it's 20 disks.

    http://www.vcfed.org/forum/showthrea...Level-II-v2-0a
    PM me if you're looking for 3" or 5" floppy disks. EMail For everything else, Take Another Step

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