4.2 Novell Remote Manager

Novell Remote Manager (NRM) is a browser-based management utility for monitoring server health, changing the configuration of your server, or performing diagnostic and debugging tasks. With NCP Server installed, you can create and manage NCP volumes as shares on Linux POSIX file systems. With Dynamic Storage Technology (DST) installed, you can create DST shadow volumes.

4.2.1 Prerequisites for Using Novell Remote Manager

Prerequisites for Remote Administration

Your configuration must satisfy the following prerequisites:

  • Ensure that SSL 3.0 (where available) or SSL 2.0 is enabled in your web browser.

    Novell Remote Manager requires an SSL connection between your web browser and the target server where it is running. You must enable SSL services for your web browser; otherwise, the browser displays an error when it tries to display the Novell Remote Manager web pages later.

  • Ports 8008 (insecure) and 8009 (secure) are the default ports used for accessing Novell Remote Manager. If you change the port number assigned to it, ensure that you specify the same value for the port number when you log in.

Prerequisites for Admin User Access on Linux Servers

You can log into Novell Remote Manager for Linux as the root user for the OES server you are managing. Most tasks in Novell Remote Manager require root user privileges.

You can alternately log in to Novell Remote Manager with your eDirectory credentials if you first enable Linux User Management (LUM) in your eDirectory tree and install and configure LUM on the target server. The Admin user or equivalent must be Linux-enabled and at least one of the following conditions must be met:

  • The Admin user (or equivalent user) must be associated to the eDirectory group that has the Supervisor right for the Entry Rights property for the UNIX Workstation object in eDirectory.

  • The Admin user (or equivalent user) must have the Supervisor right for the Entry Rights property to the NCP object that represents the Linux server in the eDirectory tree.

To tell if a user is Linux-enabled, go to iManager, select the User role, then select the user to see if the following is true:

  • The user has a Linux Profile tab on the Modify User page in iManager.

  • The user’s eDirectory object is associated with the UNIX Workstation object that represents the Linux server.

For information about configuring Linux User Management and enabling users for Linux, see the OES 11 SP2: Novell Linux User Management Administration Guide.

4.2.2 Novell Remote Manager for Linux

Novell Remote Manager for Linux allows you to browse NSS volumes on your Linux servers. It requires that the NCP Server and NCP Server plug-in for Novell Remote Manager be installed and running.

Tasks

The NCP Server plug-in supports the following tasks:

Novell Remote Manager for Linux does not support the following tasks for NSS on Linux:

  • Configuring directory quotas

  • Salvaging and purging deleted files and directories

  • Configuring file system trustees and attributes for directories and files

  • Creating and managing partitions, pools, and volumes

Additional Information

For detailed information about NRM on Linux, see the OES 11 SP2: Novell Remote Manager Administration Guide.

4.2.3 Accessing Novell Remote Manager

  1. From your web browser, enter one of the following:

    http://server-ip-address:8008
    
    https://server-ip-address:8009
    

    Replace server-ip-address with the IP address of the server you want to manage. If you have Domain Name Services (DNS) installed on your network for server name-to-IP address resolution, you can optionally use the server’s DNS name instead of the IP address.

  2. Determine the authenticity of the SSL certificate, then accept it if the certificate is valid.

  3. When the Login page appears, type the root user name and password for that server, or type the user name and password of the Admin user (or equivalent user) who is an eDirectory user and who has been Linux-enabled.

  4. Click OK to log in to the target server and initiate your SSL session.

    The management interface opens in your web browser. After logging in, your SSL session for Novell Remote Manager remains open until you close all your browser windows at that workstation.

4.2.4 Starting, Stopping, or Restarting Novell Remote Manager on Linux

Novell Remote Manager on Linux is installed and runs by default. If it hangs, you can use the /etc/init.d/novell-httpstkd script to get status or to stop, start, or restart httpstkd. For the latest information about httpstkd, see Starting or Stopping HTTPSTKD in the OES 11 SP2: Novell Remote Manager Administration Guide.

  1. Open a terminal console, then log in as the root user.

  2. At the terminal console prompt, enter the command for the task you need to perform:

    Task

    Command

    Status

    rcnovell-httpstkd status
    

    Start

    rcnovell-httpstkd start
    

    Stop

    rcnovell-httpstkd stop
    

    Restart

    rcnovell-httpstkd restart