Can not mount Novell server in NetWare for MacOS X
December 20, 2004
Applications | Mac OS X | Windows

I had my Mac logging in to the enterprise Novell system with no problems, using Prosoft Engineering's NetWare for MacOS X v. 1.2.2.

It would mount the various servers I use daily just fine. Then one Monday morning I came in, and nothing would mount, nor could I see them anymore by browsing the tree.

It turned out they had been moved to another tree over the weekend. However I could not see this tree in the NetWare browser, only the old one. I knew the short server name from the notice the Novell team sent out about the migration.
On the ProsoftEngineering site, it says

" To login manually, select the Login tab. You can then manually enter the Username, Password, Tree and Context information. The Tree name should be the IP address or DNS name of the server you want to connect to. You can enter the Context information, or use the Context button to browse for available User Contexts. Please note that if you enter the tree server manually, you must also make this same server a Static SA server in the Directory Services Preferences Panel. "

So, you can manually log in to a tree that you cannot see by typing its full name into the Tree field on the login screen of Netware. Before doing this be sure to open the NetWare preferences and click user defaults. Make sure Use These As Defaults is not selected. That way it will let you change the login settings.

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Posted by ellen at December 20, 2004 02:15 PM

To find the full name of the new tree, I pinged the short name of the new tree in the terminal to find the full name then used that to login.

  • Open Terminal
  • Type "ping serverName"
  • It should return something like: "PING serverName.full.address"
  • Copy that full address and paste it into the Tree section of the login screen.
  • Type in your username and password, then click the "Login" button.

    Prosoft mentions that you must add the ip address (that will also be in the information returned by the Ping) into the Static Service Agent area in the NetWare Preferences. This can be found under the Service Location tab. Paste the IP address into the Static Service Agent List box and click "ADD". Make sure Enable SS Agent is checked.

    For more information see Netware client FAQ

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