How to install Novell Client on multiple workstations using ACU

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Novell Client for Windows
Microsoft Windows XP/2000/2003


How to install Novell Client on multiple workstations using ACU

Remotely installing Novell Client on multiple workstations where the end user does not have admin privileges.


1) Download Novell Client 4.91 SP5 software from the following link:-
2) Create a folder at the root of SYS volume on the server, by the name "client"
3) Extract the files and copy the entire contents to the folder SYS:\client.
4) Edit the file acu.ini and make the following changes:-
"AdministratorRights=" parameter is set to "Yes" if the end user does not have enough rights to install applications on the workstation.
"Display=Yes" is set to "No" if you do not want the end user to be prompted to begin the upgrade.
The "[UnattendFile]" section has two parameters. The first one enables the use of a "UNATTEND.TXT" file and the second one allows you to specify the location of this file.
Note:- The UNATTEND.TXT file can be created using NCIMAN.EXE utility that comes with the Novell Client and sits inside the "\Novell Client 4.91 SPx for Windows\admin" folder. This utility allows you to specify and customize all the settings which you would like to have in the new install. The file thus created using this utility contains all the customized settings.
5) Now, edit the login script to call the ACU.EXE which will determine if a complete update of the Novell Client (setupnw.exe) or a Support Pack (setupsp.exe) is required and will then launch the appropriate utility off the two.
6) The command to be included in the login script to call the acu.exe is :-
@ \<location of acu.exe on the server>\acu.exe /u
The "/u" will only be used to provide a "unattend.txt" file. If this is not required, please skip this switch.
When the login script runs, it will run acu.exe which will in turn call setupnw.exe or setupsp.exe as indicated above. This will then upgrade the Novell client accordingly.

Additional Information

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