Howto: Force ConsoleOne to connect to the master replica

by File in: Netware, Novell

When you start up ConsoleOne, the application usually selects a random read-write replica to connect to.  You cannot specify which replica to connect to, but you can tell ConsoleOne to connect to the Master replica by using the forcemaster option. In various Novell TIDs the syntax is shown as either -forcemaster or /forcemaster or .  […]

Howto: Copy files from the Netware 6.5 Server Console

by File in: howto, Netware

I had a badly behaving Netware 6.5 SP7 server that absolutely would not allow clients to authenticate or connect. It ended up being a problem with a NIC driver gone wild, but I had to do some troubleshooting to determine that fact. During the troubleshooting process I wanted to backup several directories before I altered […]

Howto: mount an .iso image on a Netware server

by File in: howto, Netware

I’m installing Zenworks 7SP1R2 today, and the customer did not provide the installation media.  I’m downloading the .iso’s from Novell as we speak, but don’t have access to any blank CDs to burn the image files.  I decided copying the .iso files to the server and acessing them directly would be the best solution. TID 10095903 [via […]

ZDM 7SP1 and the case of the missing nalagent.exe

by File in: Netware, Novell, zenworks

We just pushed out updates to our Zenworks for Desktops agent, upgrading from version 7.1 hot patch 1 to version 7.1 hot patch 3, and all of a sudden some clients weren’t receiving their NAL apps. I did some comparing of stations that had been upgraded against ones that still had the 7.1HP1 agent, and […]

Zenworks Imaging: PXE-T04 Illegal TFTP operation on workstations

by File in: Netware, Novell, patches, troubleshooting, zenworks

Howto: Installing the Zenworks for Desktops agent via a login script

by File in: howto, Netware, Novell, zenworks

It’s that time of year again, where we push out new applications as users return from their summer vacations. We deploy programs using Zenworks for Desktops 7.0.1, but a number of machines have the outdated agent or are brand new and don’t have the agent software installed. My goal was to push out the updated […]

Interpreting ABEND.LOG using the ABENDLogFilter utility

by File in: freeware, Netware, Novell, utilities

Novell Netware ABEND.LOG files capture abnormal endings (aka abends), which are the equivalent of the Windows Blue Screen of Death.  ABEND.LOGs typically contain a few lines of useful information for us consultant types, while the majority of the data is memory and stack contents, which probably only makes sense to developer types. The ABENDLogFilter utility will parse […]

Update #2 on random eDirectory network login problems and weirdness

by File in: edirectory, Netware, troubleshooting

Last week I wrote about the random login weirdness that plagued users trying to login to our Netware/Windows/SLES eDirectory network. It seems that uninstalling/reboot/reinstalling NICI on the affected workstations sequence did not fix the problem for all users. Today I found that if I go into the Novell Client 4.91 SP2 properties, select the advanced […]

Update on random eDirectory network login problems and weirdness

by File in: diagnostics, edirectory, Netware, Novell, troubleshooting

Earlier I wrote about random network weirdness I’ve been experiencing where new eDirectory users created in the past week couldn’t login to the network, regardless of which machine or client they were using, or which WAN link they were on. No errors show up in the event logs, and dstrace shows no eDirectory errors. The […]

Howto: enable debug logging in the Netware Client 4.91 for Windows

by File in: diagnostics, howto, Netware, Novell, troubleshooting

I’ve been experiencing some intermittent weirdness in one of the networks I support. I can logon to workstations just fine as any user – expect one created in the past week. It doesn’t matter where in the tree I create the new users, or which version of ConsoleOne I use to create them with. The […]