Ensuring Windows Services can access Novell NetWare directories

Ended up spending some time getting this to get this to work last week. We had some Windows services running on a Windows Server (Server 2003) that needed to access data on a NetWare volume. While a logged in user could access the data on the NetWare server, the windows service could not (or was intermittent at best).

Here’s what I found – hope someone finds it helpful.

Per Microsoft – Windows services should use UNC paths not Mapped Drives
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/180362/EN-US/

Novell’s direction on getting MS Service applications to access NetWare volumes if the service was written in a non-novell-aware manner.
http://www.novell.com/support/viewContent.do?externalId=7000312

After following the latter directions everything is working great.

Time to get back to some RIA development 🙂