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Browsing a Tree on the Other Side of a WAN Link

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By David Gersic

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Posted: 28 May 2003
 

The Problem

Running NWADMIN or ConsoleOne I'm trying to browse a tree that is on the other side of an IP only WAN link. The tree I am authenticated to is running SLP but the tree I am trying to browse (other side of the link) is not. I cannot see anything on the other side of the link although I can ping servers.

I understand that this is due to the lack of SLP in the tree that I am trying to browse and plan to implement SLP in the remote tree. However, in the short term I need to perform admin tasks in the tree such as creating/modifying users etc.

The question I have is if I am able to authenticate to a server in the remote tree via its IP address rather than its name and then run up the admin tools such as ConsoleOne, will I be able to browse the remote tree to find user accounts or will the lack of SLP mean that I still cannot do this? I know SLP handles discovery/advertising of NetWare services but I'm not sure if once I have an authenticated connection to the tree I'll simply require NDS over IP.

The Solution

Yes, works fine, given that you know at least one IP address. I've done this before, generally by:

  1. Right click on the systray "N"
  2. Novell Map Drive
  3. In the path box, put "127.0.0.1/sys:" (substitute your server's ip address) and click the Map button.
  4. You'll be prompted to authenticate
  5. Run ConsoleOne and you should see both trees.


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