Our packet level traces have shown the Novell client attempting to
multicast *prior* to its direct/unicast connection to the DA. My
understanding of this was if the client was properly configured for a DA,
there would be no multicast involved at all.

We've isolated a client from being able to reach the DA via multicast, and
it will still locate the DA by talking directly, however, only after its
attempted multicast and not recieved a response.

Can anyway tell me why multicast is even being attempted first?

Our clients have been configured with a static scope and DA
SLP Active Discovery=On
SLP Multicast Radius=1