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NCP (NetWare Core Protocol)

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NCP is the principal protocol for transmitting information between a NetWare server and its clients. NCP handles login requests and many other types of requests to the file system and the printing system. IPX (Internetwork Packet Exchange) is the underlying protocol that carries NCP messages. NCP is a client/server LAN protocol. Workstations create NCP requests and use IPX to send them over the network. At the server, NCP requests are received, unpacked, and interpreted.

NCP services include file access, file locking, security, tracking of resource allocation, event notification, synchronization with other servers, connection and communication, print services and queue management, and network management.

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