The latter would accelerate the process of reimbursing travel costs by taking advantage of EEI'S 300-node token ring network running on a LAN with Advanced NetWare
3.11 and Lotus cc:Mail for electronic mail messaging.
The VAP (Value Added Process) version increases the functionality of a Novell Advanced NetWare
286 file server by adding the ability to manage and share CD-ROM drives.
In 1986, after several upgrades, Version 2.0 of Advanced NetWare
Software runs under: DOS 3.1 or higher; 3.3 or higher with IBM PS/2; supports Novell Advanced NetWare, Novell ELS, 3-COM, IBM PC LAN ($100 network fee; additional workstations $250); HP LaserJet, Xerox 4045.
Software runs under: DOS 3.1 or higher; also compatible with Xenix/Unix; supports Novell Advanced NetWare 2.01 or higher and ELS 2.12 or higher; HP LaserJet, Panasonic, Canon, Xerox, 4045.
The hardware configuration proposed by the vendor was a 25- or 33MHz 80386 file server equipped with 4 megabytes of RAM, a 300-megabyte hard disk drive, and Novell Advanced NetWare
. However, the college's department of computing services had a different vision.
An OPTI-NET VAP version is also available to provide LAN access to CD-ROM drives directly connected to a Novell Advanced NetWare
286 version 2.X file server or bridge, or an Advanced NetWare
386 version 3.X router.