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How to start NSS on Open Enterprise Server after Booting the System



January 2, 2008 1:08 pm





This article helps you to start NSS on Open Enterprise Server machine if it is not started after booting the system.

How do you know NSS is not started?

When you type nssmu command on the linux terminal you are seeing the following error which indicates NSS is not running on your machine.

systst-ts-74:~ # nssmu
NSS Management Utility - ERROR Either the Admin volume was
not found or you don't have rights to access it.

You can check the same by typing command df -h. If _admin is not there in the list then it is assumed that NSS is not started.

systst-ts-74:~ # df -h
Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda2              41G  4.4G   36G  11% /
tmpfs                1013M   56K 1013M   1% /dev/shm
/dev/sda1             502M   39M  464M   8% /boot
systst-ts-74:~ #

Here are the steps to start the NSS if it does not start automatically while booting.

Goto /opt/novell/nss/sbin

systst-ts-74:~ # cd /opt/novell/nss/sbin/

Enter ./startnss.bsh command

systst-ts-74:/opt/novell/nss/sbin # ./startnss.bsh
Installing MSAPServerId: 5557c2c2-d90f-1000-9850-00065bf6628c
insmod(ing) nwraid.ko kernel module
insmod(ing) admindrv.ko kernel module
Creating /dev/admindrv major_number=254
insmod(ing) libnss.ko kernel module
insmod(ing) linuxmpk.ko kernel module
insmod(ing) nsslnxlib.ko kernel module
insmod(ing) nsslibrary.ko kernel module
insmod(ing) nss.ko kernel module
insmod(ing) ndpmod.ko kernel module
Starting ndpapp daemon
insmod(ing) nsscomn.ko kernel module
insmod(ing) nssmal.ko kernel module
insmod(ing) nsszlss.ko kernel module
insmod(ing) nssmanage.ko kernel module
insmod(ing) nsslsa.ko kernel module
insmod(ing) nebdrv.ko kernel module
Creating /dev/userModeNebDrv major_number=253
Loading NSS pools
Starting adminusd daemon
Creating /_admin directory
Mounting _admin volume
Starting jstcpd daemon
Mounting all NSS volumes in /etc/fstab
Starting ncp2nss daemon
NSS is running!

Now type df -h on the linux console.

systst-ts-74:/opt/novell/nss/sbin # df -h
Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda2              41G  4.4G   36G  11% /
tmpfs                1013M   56K 1013M   1% /dev/shm
/dev/sda1             502M   39M  464M   8% /boot
admin                 4.0M     0  4.0M   0% /_admin

You can see _admin in the above list which indicates NSS is running.

Now type nssmu on the linux console:

systst-ts-74:/opt/novell/nss/sbin # nssmu

You will see the following screen.

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Categories: Open Enterprise Server, Open Enterprise Server TKB


Disclaimer: This content is not supported by Micro Focus. It was contributed by a community member and is published "as is." It seems to have worked for at least one person, and might work for you. But please be sure to test it thoroughly before using it in a production environment.


  1. By:calil

    Wonderful. I did it, check it and I learn it. Good thing to know !
    How can I check if this deamon is starting when the system boots ?
    So I will have this problem no more, and this document will be complete !
    Please complete this document with information.


  2. By:abonilla

    Sure. Simply configure it to run automatically.

    chkconfig novell-nss on

    • By:arieco

      We are running into the same issue. We can start ndsd then run the nss script and the _admin shows up. However, when we reboot ndsd comes up dead. We have both ndsd and novell-nss enabled in chkconfig. This problem came about using autoyast. We did not have this issue installing manually.