Joe Doupnik has a big problem with NetWare 6, Novell Inc.’s newest network operating system.

“There is so much information in this package that administrators and users are going to be overwhelmed at first,” says Doupnik, professor of electrical and computer engineering at Utah State University in Logan, Utah.

NetWare 6, which ships this month, includes a completely rewritten Web look for users and administrators, and support for multiprocessor and clustered servers. The release is important to Novell as it struggles to retain long-time NetWare users and give them new and useful tools so they don’t move to Microsoft Corp. or other vendors.

Network World (U.S.) interviewed some beta users of NetWare 6 and found they liked a number of key new features, such as: