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Checking NICI Libraries

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By Marcel Cox

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Posted: 7 Nov 2007


A Forum reader recently asked:

"Does each server have to have NICI running on it? How can I tell if I have the proper NICI version running?"

And here's the response from Marcel Cox ...


NICI is an essential component needed by eDirectory, and as far as I know, eDirectory 8 or later cannot properly operate without NICI. Because of this, major eDirectory installation packages already include the minimum NICI installation files required by that eDirectory version. For instance, the eDirectory 8.7.3 installation files that you can use to upgrade a 5.1 or 6.0 server include the minimum required NICI version for this eDirectory version. As such, there is no real need to upgrade NICI before upgrading eDirectory.

One point of confusion is that some think NICI is the same as NICISDI.XLM. NICI is a set of cryptographic libraries, and the core NLMs of it are XMGR.XLM and the XENG*.NLM files. NICISDI.XLM is the NLM to manage the security domain infrastructure, a subset of the functionality provided by NICI.

To really see if your NICI libraries are loaded, use the console command "M XMGR" or "M XENG*"

So in conclusion:

1) To really see what NICI version you have installed, check the product database or the version of XMGR.XLM.

2) The eDirectory 8.7.3 documentation is wrong; there is no minimum NICI requirement prior to the installation, because the eDirectory 8.7.3 installation itself will update NICI to the required version.

3) On a NetWare 6.0 SP5 server, your NICI version will satisfy the minimum NICI requirement anyway, unless your setup is seriously broken.

4) If you upgrade to NetWare 6.5, the situation is the same as an eDirectory 8.7.3 upgrade - the NetWare 6.5 installation will upgrade your NICI.

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