OES Linux equivalents for NetWare DOS based utilities.
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Disk Operating System (DOS).
Historically, these utilities were located under the SYS:/PUBLIC/ folder on a NetWare server, mainly for backwards compatibility and use with older applications.
These DOS utilities as they have shipped with Novell NetWare, could still be used on OES Linux on 32-bit Windows XP machines with the Novell Client 4.91 installed. On Windows Vista or later versions, or on any 64-bit versions of Windows, these legacy Novell NetWare utilities are no longer functional.
Even though perhaps still functional, this is to be considered legacy software, and is, like the Novell DOS client for NetWare, no longer under support by Novell, and using these utilities is at own risk.
These utilities can be found under '/opt/novell/ncl/bin/'
Some of the more common DOS NetWare Client utilities and their Novell Linux Client counterpart :
RIGHTS.EXE ./nwrights as well as /opt/novell/nss/sbin/rights from NSS
As these are Linux utilities, they are usable in a BASH script. However, as DOS batch and Linux BASH are separate scripting environments, the existing .bat files are to be converted to .sh files.
This was addressed by making most of the files the DOS Client for NetWare needed available on a server share accessible to all.
Even though the DOS Client is no longer under support, on NetWare these files were maintained, mainly for backwards compatibility, to facilitate environments that still used DOS.
As the DOS Client for NetWare required IPX as a client protocol and Novell Open Enterprise Server for Linux (OES) no longer provides or supports this protocol, the SYS volume (a NCP export on OES Linux) no longer contains these legacy applications.
Contrary to the NetWare DOS utilities, these utilities are not to be executed from a Windows workstation with a Novell Client installed, these utilities are to be either executed from the server console or trough a remote SSH, PuTTY session.
Also contrary to the DOS utilities, most of these utilities do not require the local path (like /media/nss/VOL ) but the network, NCP path. This is due to the fact that these utilities can be used for all NCP exports, not just NSS volumes.
More information on the usage of these Linux utilities can be summoned by adding --help of viewing the correlating man page.
As these utilities go over the NCP protocol, it is required to perform a nwlogin prior the usage of the utilities in /opt/novell/ncl/bin. These utilities can be used for all NCP exports, of both NSS as POSIX volumes.
The rights command that comes with NSS can be used as root, without nwlogin, but is only usable for the NSS volumes and their contents.
Using these utilities does not require a Novell Client to be installed when executed from an OES Server.
However, as they are also part of the Novell Client for SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop as well, they can be performed from such a Client Workstation remotely.
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- Document ID:7010863
- Creation Date:03-OCT-12
- Modified Date:11-OCT-12
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