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How to Perform Remote Control from a Workstation without the Novell Client Installed

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By Shaun Pond

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Posted: 20 Jun 2005
 

This came about from a question asked in the Support Forums ; it's not supported by Novell, but it does work, and hopefully will prove useful.

Remote Management usually requires the Novell Client, to interrogate eDirectory, but it's possible, if you're using password-based Remote Management (see the online documentation here for ZENworks 6.5 Desktop Management and here for ZENworks for Desktops 4.0.1) to initiate a session on a machine that does not have the Novell Client installed.

  • Firstly, you'll need DESKTOP.ZIP - for ZENworks 6.5 Desktop Management This is on Companion CD #2, for ZENworks for Desktops 4.0.1, download zfd401_ir5cmpcd.exe as this has updates not on the original CD).
  • Expand DESKTOP.ZIP to a suitable location on your PC. Note that it creates a directory called "desktop" with subdirectories below.
  • Next, from a copy of the Novell Client, get the following files: LOCWIN32.DLL, NETWIN32.DLL, CLNWIN32.DLL and NCPWIN32.DLL and place these in the new desktop\bin directory
  • Before you can perform Remote Management, you will need to amend the REMAGENT.INI file in the desktop\bin directory so that it has the IP address of the system to be controlled, the password, the authentication method, and protocol, similar to the example below:
    # Novell Inc.
    AGENT_IPADDRESS=192.168.0.77
    AGENT_PASSWORD=novell
    # PASSWORD / DS
    AUTHENTICATION_MODE=PASSWORD
    # HTTP / TCPIP
    PROTOCOL=TCPIP
  • Finally, you launch DESKTOP4.EXE, as shown in the documentation here for ZENworks 6.5 Desktop Management, here for ZENworks for Desktops 4.0.1), e.g.
    DESKTOP4 -w -c"RemoteControl" 

Remember, this method isn't supported by Novell, but may be a very useful way to run Remote Control, etc if you have a Windows PC without the Novell Client.


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