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NetWare Core Protocol

NetWare Core Protocol

(also NCP)

NetWare Core Protocol (NCP) definition

The NetWare Core Protocol (NCP) is a network protocol used by Novell NetWare, an early network operating system. The NCP manages communication between computers in a network, allowing them to share resources like files and printers. The NCP also handles tasks like logging in, accessing files, and printing documents. While it’s considered a legacy protocol, it may still be used in some older environments.

See also: network protocols

How does the NetWare Core Protocol (NCP) work?

  1. The NCP manages communication between computers and other devices across a NetWare network.
  2. It allows these computers to share resources such as files and printers with other connected devices.
  3. The NCP also manages logging in to the network, accessing various files, and printing.
  4. It ensures that the devices on the network can transfer data securely and efficiently.
  5. The NCP operates as part of the NetWare network’s set of protocols.

How does the NetWare Core Protocol keep data secure?

  • The NCP uses encryption to scramble data, making it unreadable without the decryption key.
  • It verifies the identity of users or devices before letting them access resources.

NCP drawbacks and limitations

  • NetWare Core Protocol is primarily designed for Novell NetWare systems and is not compatible with other operating systems.
  • Configuring and managing NCP can be complex — typically a task for those with specialized knowledge and training.
  • The NCP isn’t the best for large and complex networks — it isn’t as scalable.
  • As a legacy protocol, NCP may lack support for modern networking features and standards.

Further reading

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