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NSL Login: Easily Switching from Disconnected to Connected Mode

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By Venkata Rajasekhar Reddy

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Posted: 29 Mar 2005
 

NSL Login: Easily Switching from Disconnected to Connected Mode

Rajasekhar V
Senior Software Engineer
VRajasekhar@novell.com

This Cool Solution explains an easy way to switch Novell Secure Login (NSL) from disconnected to connected mode. With this tip, you no longer need to log off your computer and re-login to get NSL into connected mode.

Problem

If NSL is installed with LDAPauth as GINA, and you have chosen to log on in Workstation Only mode, the NSL window opens in disconnected mode. If you want to switch back to the connected mode, you have to log off the computer and log in to LDAP (with Workstation Only option unchecked) using LDAP GINA.

Solution

Here's how to avoid the headache of logging off your computer and logging in, just to switch to connected mode. If you are logged in to NSL in Workstation Only mode, follow the steps below to enable automatic switching to connected mode.

  1. On the Windows task bar, click Start > Run.
  2. Type regedit in the Open field. The Registry Editor is displayed.
  3. In the left panel, select HKEY_LOCAL MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Novell > Login and double-click Local Login.
  4. Figure: Setting NSL to Connected Mode

  5. In the Edit DWORD Value dialog box, change the value data from 1 (disconnected mode) to 0 (connected mode).
  6. Click OK and then close the Registry Editor.
  7. Log in to NSL in connected mode in one of the following ways:
  • If NSL is running, right-click the NSL tray icon and select Advanced > Work Online.
  • If NSL is NOT running, launch NSL.

NSL displays the LDAP login dialog box to authenticate to the LDAP server. Enter your credentials to proceed. Now NSL is in connected mode.

With automatic switching enabled, you can simply follow step 6 to get connected in the future, instead of logging off and re-logging in to NSL.


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