MAC 10.5 workstation cannot connect to NetWare 6.5 SP8 server

  • 7004654
  • 12-Oct-2009
  • 26-Apr-2012

Environment

Novell NetWare 6.5 Support Pack 8

Situation

NetWare 6.5 SP8 server running AFP
MAC OS 10.4 clients can authenticate to this NetWare server.
MAC OS 10.5 clients cannot authenticate to this same NetWare server with the same user.

The first error you get is:
Connection Failed
There was an error connecting to the server.  Check the server name or IP address and try again.
If you are unable to resolve the problem contact your system administrator

If you click the Ok button the next error you get is:
Sorry, the operation could not be completed because an unexpected error occurred.
(Error code -5002)

Resolution

On the NetWare servers console type:  AFPCleartext off.

You will see the message:
AFP Cleartext login is disabled

The 10.5 client will now be able to log the user in.

Additional Information

It is also possible to make your MAC allow cleartext passwords by doing the following.

$ defaults write com.apple.AppleShareClient "afp_cleartext_allow" -bool YES
$ defaults write com.apple.AppleShareClient "afp_cleartext_warn" -bool YES

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