1.1 Understanding How the Novell Client for Linux Differs from the Novell Client for Windows 2000/XP

Using the Novell Client for Linux differs in a few ways from using the Novell Client for Windows. For users and network administrators who are familiar with the Novell Client for Windows, knowing these differences can help the transition to Linux run more smoothly.

1.1.1 Installation and Upgrades

1.1.2 Logging In

  • When a user logs in to a local workstation and then opens a remote SSH session and logs in as the same user, the network resources that user has rights to are available to the user.

  • The Novell Client for Linux can use the NMAS™ login method to authenticate. However, the NMAS login is not integrated in to the Novell Client for Linux login screen, so the default login sequence cannot be set in the Novell Client Login screen.

  • The Novell Client for Linux uses OpenSLP, whereas the Novell Client for Windows uses Novell’s implementation of SLP. The network administrator must set up OpenSLP before users can look up trees, contexts, and servers using the Browse buttons in the Novell Client Login window. If OpenSLP is not set up, the user must enter a username, tree, and context to connect to the network. See Section 3.0, Managing Login for more information.

    Because Linux uses OpenSLP, the implementation is different and the user’s experience is different. For more information, see Section 3.4, Using OpenSLP to Simplify Login.

  • The Novell Client for Linux does not use the Dynamic Local User or Location Profiles that are available in Windows.

1.1.3 User Interface

Both a graphical user interface and command line utilities are available to complete client actions such as mapping drives, setting trustee rights, and copying files.

For information on using the graphical user interface, see the Novell Client 2.0 SP3 for Linux User Guide. For information on using the command line utilities, see Section A.0, The Novell Client for Linux Command Line Utilities and Section B.0, Novell Client for Linux Man Pages.

1.1.4 Login Scripts

Novell has ported the vast majority of login script functionality to the Linux platform. This means that the login scripts you create in your network can be used for both Windows users and Linux users with very little difference in functionality.

Some differences do exist, however. For example, mapped drives are implemented by creating symbolic links and search drives are not available on Linux. Other small differences are created by the inherent difference between Windows and Linux. All the differences and issues are listed in the Novell Login Scripts Guide.

1.1.5 Mapping Volumes

On Windows, mapping volumes enables users to browse through the entire eDir tree. However, on Linux, only the servers in the eDir tree and their respective volumes are listed under them.