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 […]

emBox login error:com.novell.eMBoxSDK.ConnectFailedException: Login failed

by File in: backup, diagnostics, edirectory, Novell, troubleshooting, Windows

Yesterday I wrote about creating eDirectory backups using eMBox and other utilities. Today I was trying to make an eDirectory backup on a Windows 2000 eDir server, version 8.7.3.4 (10551.53). I launched a command prompt, and from the c:\novell\nds directory I typed edirutil -i to launch eMBox in interactive mode. Next I attempted to login, […]

Howto: Quick and dirty eDirectory backups

by File in: backup, edirectory, howto, Netware, Novell

I’m currently upgrading some Netware 6.5 servers from support pack 5 to support pack 6. I’m also upgrading those same servers from eDirectory 8.7.3 to 8.8.1. Before I make any eDirectory changes, the first thing I do is to run from the server console: dsrepair -rc This makes a quick backup of Data Information Base […]

Windows Vista and memory related performance problems

by File in: diagnostics, registry, Windows

Since I built my new computer this past February, I’ve encountered periodic memory related errors. I have 4GB of RAM and a fancy new AMD X2 CPU running Windows Vista Business, but I kept receiving errors that I couldn’t start new processes due to a lack of resources. Task Manager showed I was only using […]

Process Explorer: Task Manager on steriods

by File in: utilities, Windows

I’ve been working on troubleshooting a Netware server issue all morning. I don’t have a copy of AdRem on hand, so I’ve been using rconj.exe instead to access the server console remotely. Usually rconj works well enough, but for some reason it keeps locking up on me today. Rebooting Windows hasn’t made the problem go […]

Documenting changes and processes: CaseNotes

by File in: best practices, utilities

I have a very bad habit that I know many people in the IT engineering field suffer from: Poor documentation. We tend to focus on getting the server/software/device up and running, and once it’s functional, we continue to tweak it until it works perfectly. Unfortunately, we tend to not document the steps we took to […]

Howto: Enable logging on Zenworks for Desktops Windows clients

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

I was experiencing some weirdness when applying user policies to my Windows XP SP2 admin machines today. For some strange reason yet to be determined, administrators were locked out of almost everything in XP despite having a wide open user policy, and no workstation policies defined for their machines. We had correctly configured the search […]

Cannot connect to Citrix Metaframe Presentation Server running on Windows 2000

by File in: diagnostics, registry, remote access, troubleshooting

I have one user who could not connect to our Citrix Metaframe Presentation Server from her home. She could connect just fine from other machines, and no other users were experiencing the problem, so I was confident the issue was with her personal computer. She was running Windows XP Home, and every time she successfully […]

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

by File in: diagnostics, howto, Linux, Novell, OES, troubleshooting, utilities

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 […]

Howto: Reload Netware DNS and other WINSOCK settings without rebooting the server

by File in: howto, Netware, Novell

I’m not sure how this TID got passed me, but today I found out how to reload DNS settings on a Netware server. Previously you had to bounce the server for these settings to take effect. From a Netware 5.1+ server console: Reload the SYS:\ETC\HOSTS file: WS2_32 RELOADHOSTS Reload the SYS:\ETC\PROTOCOL file: WS2_32 RELOAD PROTOCOL […]