Novell Client for Windows 2000/XP/2003 SP2 Readme

October 27, 2005

1.0 What’s New

1.1 Support Pack 2

This release includes additional Forgotten Password Recovery functionality. When a user logs in, the Novell® Client™ checks to see if the password policy uses Challenge Response and if the user has entered responses. If responses have not been entered, the user is notified and a dialog box opens so that they can enter their responses. Additionally, if the password policy uses a password hint or a password reminder and this had not been set, the Novell Client will prompt the user to enter this information.

1.2 Support Pack 1

This release includes a new feature that lets users recover when they forget their password. On the client log in dialog is a “Forget your password?” link. For more information, see Using the “Forget Your Password?” Link in the Novell Client for Windows Installation and Administration Guide.

1.3 Version 4.91

The following features are new in version 4.91:

  • Changes to Update Agent to allow you to deploy new property page settings.
  • Changes to Automatic Client Update that allow you to enable Update Agent on multiple workstations without running a complete software installation.
  • Changes to Novell Client Update Agent and Automatic Client Update to allow components to be uninstalled.
  • Unicode file naming in mixed language environments.
  • Microsoft* Windows System Restore Point is now created on Windows XP workstations prior to the Novell Client installation. System Restore allows you to restore your computer to its state before the Novell Client was installed, if a problem occurs, without losing data.
  • Implementation of Novell’s Universal Password (also know as the NDS Login Method) available in NetWare® 6.5 and later which provides more robust and strong password and password management with the ability to create a common password that can be used by all protocols to authenticate users. Also included are support for password hints, administrator messages, and password requirements.
  • Support for NetIdentity agent

    The NetIdentity agent can be installed with Novell Client or as a separate installation. It provides background authentication to Windows Web-based applications that require Novell eDirectory™ authentication such as iPrint, Novell Virtual Office, and NetStorage.

1.4 Changes

The following changes have been made in version 4.91:

  • Windows NT* is no longer supported.
  • ZenWorks® for Desktops 3.2 components have been deleted.

2.0 Installation Issues

2.1 Supported Windows Platforms

Novell Client for Windows supports the following Windows operating systems:

  • Windows 2000 Professional
  • Windows 2000 Server
  • Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Windows Server 2003 Server Edition (32-bit versions only)
  • Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition (32-bit versions only)
  • Windows XP Professional
  • Windows XP Tablet PC Edition

IMPORTANT:Novell Client does not run on Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP 64-bit Edition, or Windows Server 2003 64-bit version.

2.2 Supported Server Platforms

Novell Client for Windows works with all current versions of NetWare and Open Enterprise Server for Linux.

3.0 Log In Issues

3.1 Login fails when specifying DEFAULT NMAS login sequence against NMAS server

By default, the Novell Client will attempt to perform an NMAS™-enabled login using the NMAS login sequence that is configured in eDirectory. If nothing is specified, the Novell Client uses the DEFAULT NMAS login sequence. This automatic fallback to the default can fail when logging in against an NMAS server.

In the Login dialog, select Advanced > NMAS tab select, and the select NDS in the Sequence drop-down menu.

3.2 Installing SecureLogin 3.5 SP1 over the Novell Client 4.91 Prevents Login

Do not install the SecureLogin 3.5 SP1 (or earlier) after installing the Novell Client 4.91. SecureLogin installs NMAS Client 2.7 over NMAS Client 3.0. The Novell Client requires the NMAS Client 3.0, it is not compatible with the previous versions of the NMAS Client.

To solve this, reinstall Novell Client version 4.91.

3.3 Commenting Out NMAS Load Line on NetWare 6.5 Server Causes Client Login to Fail

If you remark out (rem) the NMAS load line in the autoexec.ncf file on a NetWare 6.5 server, the Novell Client cannot log in to the server. NMAS should not be removed from a NetWare 6.5 server.

3.4 Contextless Login Property Page Does Not Allow Cut and Paste Actions

You cannot copy, cut, or paste from within some fields of the contextless login property page.

3.5 ZENworks 6.5 Middle Tier Fails to Authenticate

Users and workstations can no longer authenticate through the middle tier after installing the Novell Client. For more information, see TID 10093371.

4.0 NMAS Issues

4.1 Older Versions of NICI Do Not Work with Enhanced Password Method

By default, the Client version 4.91 and later implements the Novell Universal Password which provides robust and strong passwords. As a part of this implementation, Novell Client installs NMAS™ and NICI.

NMAS authentication adds additional security to the network. However, if your network does not use NMAS, login might take additional time and you might want to disable NMAS authentication on the server and not install it with the Novell Client software. Novell Client installs NICI Client 2.7 and NMAS Client 3.0 by default. If you do not want to install them during the Client installation, install using a configuration file (unattend) that specifies not to install them. For more information, see the Novell Client for Windows Installation and Administration Guide.

For more information on disabling NMAS, see “Disabling NMAS on the Server” in the Novell Modular Authentication Services 2.3 x Administration Guide.

For more information on deploying universal passwords, see the Universal Password Deployment Guide in the Novell Modular Authentication Services 2.3 x Administration Guide.

5.0 Other Issues

5.1 Newer NetIdentity Client Files Might Cause Conflict

Newer versions of the NetIdentity client files, such as the version shipping with the Novell Client versions 4.9, 4.9 SP1, 4.9 SP2, and 4.91, have a different architecture than the version shipping with the ZENworks for Desktops 4.0.1(and updates), even though the filenames are the same.

If you try to install the NetIdentity client after installing the ZENworks Management Agent, the following error message is displayed:

This version of NetIdentity cannot be installed over Novell ZENworks for Desktops (ZfD). You must either uninstall ZfD or wait to upgrade NetIdentity with the next release of ZfD.

You will not be able to install an updated NetIdentity.

However, if the newer version of NetIdentity is already installed on a workstation, a subsequent installation of the ZENworks Management Agent will not detect the newer versions of the NetIdentity files, so the Agent installation program overwrites the newer files. Later, when users log in to the workstation or select the NetWare Logon from the red N in the Quick Launch bar, the workstation freezes.

In this situation, we recommend that you use the Add/Remove Programs utility, available from the Windows Control Panel, to uninstall NetIdentity and then install the ZENworks Management Agent.

5.2 Files with Extended Attributes will not Copy to a Linux NSS Volume via NCP

Files with extended attributes will not copy to Linux NSS volume using NCP. To solve this problem, use CIFS to copy files with extended attributes to a Linux server. Or, copy files from a Netware server that has extended attributes to a FAT32 (not NTFS) drive first, and then recopy the files to a OES Linux server.

6.0 Fixes Since Last Release

A complete list of fixes since the last Novell Client release are located in TID 10094106

7.0 Additional Documentation

For documentation on installing and configuring Novell Client software, see the Novell Client for Windows Installation and Administration Guide.

For documentation on managing login scripts, see the Novell Login Scripts Guide.

For information on configuring and using Universal Password, see the Novell Password Management Administration Guide.

If you are using Novell Modular Authentication Services (NMAS) in your network, you should also read the NMAS readme. Because the NMAS installation has been integrated in to the Novell Client installation, issues that affect NMAS could also affect the Novell Client.

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