Monday, October 31, 2005

iManager 2.5 Configuration - Cool Solutions

Check out this new Cool Solutions Article on iManager 2.5

iManager is designed for both end users and administrators. The common experience for both these types of users is logging on to a web site and having the proper identity, authentication and security provided via eDirectory.

For the end user, the Console interface shows specific tasks, such as creating users, changing passwords, and various other delegated tasks.

For the administrator, the Console interface shows additional specific tasks, such as setting up groups, defining Roles and Tasks, and directory-specific administration tasks.

Summary of Customer Benefits

Here are some of the customer benefits that Novell iManager provides:

  • Strengthens the business value of Novell products and solutions by providing a unified management interface
  • Reduces customer barriers to adoption of Novell products and solutions
  • Reduces customer administration and training costs via a web-based access to network resources
  • Increases overall console quality via focused effort
  • Developer-friendly - administration interfaces can be easily created, with little or no development experience
  • Flexible - it goes beyond Novell-only usage, and it provides support for partner offerings

Other value propositions for iManager include:

  • Role based services for delegation of administrative tasks
  • Object selector
  • Common look and feel
  • Multi-platform installation of a web environment
  • Leveraged Authentication
  • Localization
  • Model-view-controller architecture
  • Easy plug-in deployment

Friday, October 28, 2005

Troubleshooting iManager on NetWare

I've received a few calls where iManager 2.02 doesn't work when accessing it through the browser.


For iManager to install and work properly, the following items must be functioning on the server.

See the full troubleshooting steps in TID 10090732

1. SSL (Server Certificates)
2. LDAP over SSL
3. Tomcat
4. Apache

You shouldn't troubleshoot Tomcat or Apache, until you verify that SSL and LDAP is working correctly.
I'm going to add some quick hints.

1. Check for Server Certificates
In ConsoleOne verify the following certificate objects exist in the same context as Server1.
SAS Service - Server1
SSL CertificateIP - Server1
SSL CertificateDNS - Server1
Download PKIDIAG from the Novell Support Site: Search on PKIDIAG.NLM

2. LDAP over SSL
Check the LDAP Server and LDAP Group Object.
Download an LDAP Browser to check correct connection.
Verify that ports 389 and 636 are open on the server. Unload NLDAP and reload NLDAP and check that the SAL nlm's autoload with NLDAP.
load DSTRACE.NLM and use the ldap filter. (See TID 10059954, LDAP Article)

Once you can connect with the LDAP browser over authenticated SSL you're ready to check if TOMCAT is loading properly.

3. Verify that Tomcat is loading properly

Troubleshooting Tomcat consists of loading TOMCAT4 and viewing the logger screen for errors.

To stop Tomcat type at the server console TC4STOP. Wait about a minute and then type TOMCAT4. Tomcat will take two to three minutes to complete loading. When done the following line should appear on the Logger screen.

INFO: JK2: ajp13 listening on /

If you do not see the ajp13 listening on port 9010 message, then Tomcat is not loading properly or is still in the process of coming up.

4. Verify that Apache is loading properly

Verify the Apache Server is running. On NetWare 6.5 it will show up as a screen labeled "Apache 2.0.4x for NetWare". You can also go into TCPCON and verify that ports 80 and 443 are listening. To stop the Apache web server on NetWare 6.5 is AP2WEBDN and then AP2WEBUP.

Verify there is an INCLUDE statement the same as below.

Include sys:/tomcat/4/conf/nps-Apache.conf

Also you may want to check that NILE.NLM is loaded in the correct order and is in fact loading correctly.

More info:
Cool Solutions

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

AdRem manages NetWare and OES servers from a single console

Most Novell customers use AdRem Free Console instead of RconJ or RConsole. Well AdRem just released Server Manager 5.0 and it's well worth taking a look.
Read the following article for all the features then go and download it.

AdRem manages NetWare and OES Servers from a single console

Check out AdRem Server Manager 5.0

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

What Red Hat said about Novell and SuSE

Read what Dave Kearns said about what Red Hat said about Novell and SuSE.

Nice article...

"What Lowery was perhaps too polite to point out was Novell's utter dominance of Red Hat in the areas of identity management, network management and collaboration services. Szulik's comments may well be the desperate remarks of a CEO who sees his company's lead slipping away. Linux may not be in your future plans, but if it is then SuSE Linux (via OES) is by far the best choice for your network."

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

NetWare 6.5 Support Pack file mixup

There was an inadvertent mixup in the build process for some of the files that are included in post-NW65SP3 patches and the current shipping NW65SP4. Here is a list of those files and how to make sure the most current ones are being loaded on the server:

TID 10098928