Howto: Mount a Windows share on SLES linux using cifs

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This post is mainly for my own benefit.  I mount Windows shares on my SuSE linux box so infrequently, I have to dig through past notes to remind myself what the syntax is. To mount a Windows share on SLES linux using cifs: mount -t cifs -o username=jsmith //po5/gwdompri /mnt/po5/gwdompri where: jsmith is the user […]

Fix for make install / compiler issues with Intel e1000 NIC driver in SLES 10

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How I was able to make and install the Intel e1000 NIC driver in SLES 10 Linux: Steps 1 through 3 of the e1000-8.0.6.tar.gz readme file are simple enough to follow when making the Intel e1000 network card driver on SLES 10 SP2.     1. Move the base driver tar file to the directory […]

Howto: Minimize all Windows and show the Desktop in SLES Linux

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On my Windows machines I frequently use the Windows Key + D shortcut to minimize all open Windows to quickly access the desktop.  I had been meaning to find the equivalent key combination in SuSE Linux Server Enterprise 10’s Gnome desktop, and finally found out how to do it yesterday. The shortcut key combination to […]

Error reinstalling eDirectory on SLES 10: Installing NDSserv… Unable to install

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Error received when I was reinstalling eDirectory on SLES 10: Installing NDSserv… Unable to install NDSserv-8-7-3-37.i386.rpm, exiting To fix this error:  1) Rename the /usr/lib/nds-modules directory /usr/lib/nds-modules.old: mv /usr/lib/nds-modules /usr/lib/nds-modules.bad   2) re-run  ./nds-install                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       3) copy original /usr/lib/nds-modules.old files back to /usr/lib/nds-modules after installation completes: cp /usr/lib/nds-modules.bad/* /usr/lib/nds-modules/

Howto: Determine the version of SLES Linux

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To determine the version of SuSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES), type the following in a terminal window: cat /etc/SuSE-release or SPident To determine which kernel version is in use, type the following in a terminal window: rpm -qf /boot/vmlinuz

Ubuntu 8.10 Alpha 4 now available as VMware Virtual Appliance

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Ubuntu 8.10 Alpha 4 is now available as a VMware Virtual Appliance free download. The fourth alpha release of Ubuntu 8.10 “Intrepid Ibex” is ready for testing. New features: X.Org server 1.5 brings much better support for hot-plugable input devices such as tablets, keyboards, or mice Linux kernel 2.6.26 encrypted private directory guest session – the […]

Howto: Mount a USB device in SuSE Linux

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I have a Kingston USB flash drive that does not automatically mount itself on my SLES server on occasion.  TID 7000951 explains how to mount the drive manually: 1) From a terminal, run: lsmod |grep usb  make sure usb_storage is loaded.  If it is not, run: modprobe usb-storage 2) Plug the USB device in and run […]

ConsoleOne error on SLES 10 SP2: Can’t find Java

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So, the other day I wrote about my Java errors I experienced when trying to load VNC in Firefox on a brand new SuSE 10 SP2 server.  Today brought about a new Java error after I installed ConsoleOne 1.3.6f on the same SLES 10 SP2 servers. I  received the following message while trying to start up ConsoleOne […]

Howto: Fix VNC / Firefox plugin problems on SLES 10 SP2

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Yesterday I installed two identical SuSE Linux Enterprise (SLES) 10 SP2 servers on their own private network.  Since this private network was completeky isolated, neither server received any updates or patches.  When I tried to connect from one server to the other through VNC at, I received the following message from Firefox: Plugin Finder […]

Howto: Gather troubleshooting information for OES/SLES Linux using Novell’s supportconfig tool

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Novell released two new Linux troubleshooting tools this week (See TID 3513679 for details).  One is specific only to NSS volumes on OES clusters, while the other, supportconfig, gathers all types of information about your server. Getting started with supportconfig is really simple.  Download the rpm, then install it using the following syntax from a […]