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Redirecting the NW5 GUI for Remote Installation of NBM

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Posted: 8 Nov 2002
 

Versions: BorderManager 3.5 and 3.6

Because BorderManager (plus several other Novell products) requires the Java-based GUI installation method, and the GUI screen cannot be viewed via RCONSOLE or RCONJ, BM installation requires you either to be physically alongside the server or redirect the GUI output through TCP/IP.

Here is the procedure to redirect that GUI screen to an X-Windows server, e.g. a Linux host:

1 - Append the following line to SYS:\ETC\JAVA.CFG

DISPLAY=172.16.0.3:1

(where "172.16.0.3" is the address of my X-Windows server, and ":1" identifies the X display).

2 - Edit SYS:\JAVA\NWGFX\STARTX.NCF as follows:

  • a) Reflect the change in X-Windows server address (by default, this would have pointed to localhost, 127.0.0.1):

    load AIO
    load AIOPS2
    load sys:/java/nwgfx/xlib 172.16.0.3:1
  • b) Don't start the XFree86 server (xfvga16) on the NetWare console because it's not needed:

    #load sys:/java/nwgfx/xfvga16 -xf86config sys:/java/nwgfx/xf86conf -s 32767
  • c) Run fvmw2 explicitly:

    load sys:/java/nwgfx/fvwm2 -f sys:/java/nwgfx/fvwm2/fvwm2rc
    #load xinit

3 - Make sure the X server supports incoming connections from NetWare. Typically this will involve creating the file /etc/X1.hosts, with the host name of your NW server:

server1.ukb.novell.com

4 - Run STARTX on the NetWare console, and you'll see the GUI output redirected to your X-server.


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