How to install the Novell Client for Linux on SLE 11 SP1

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Environment

Novell Client for Linux
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 Service Pack 1
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 1

Situation

This document will give you step-by-step instructions on how to install the Novell Client for Linux on SLED SP1, SLES SP1 and newer.
 
If  SLED 11.0 (shipping) Novell Client for Linux is installed, the following error will result:
 
Error: Cannot initialize NCP library
 
 

Resolution

The Novell Client for Linux earlier than support pack one was distributed from https://download.novell.com.  However, from support pack one and newer the only supported client fore SLE11.0 SP1  comes from the SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11.0 SP1 DVD media.
 

Installing the Novell Client for Linux for SLED 11.0 SP1 and SLES 11.0 SP1 

Make sure you have updated the workstation to the latest SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 patches.

  1. Now that the Novell Client is bundled along with the SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 SP1 installation media, you can install NCL by adding the SLED 11 SP1 installation DVD as a YaST installation source for both SLED 11.0 SP1 and SLES 11.0 SP1.

    Note: The Novell Client for Linux is not on the SLES 11.0 SP1 DVD media.  SLED 11.0 SP1 DVD media should be used.
  2. Launch the YaST Control Center.

    GNOME: Click Computer > More Applications > System > YaST.

    KDE: Click the menu button > System > YaST.

  3. If you are not logged in as root, type the root password, then click Continue.

  4. Select Yes, I Agree to the License Agreement, then click Next.

  5. Select Patterns from the Filter drop-down list.

  6. Select Novell Client for Linux in the Additional Software category.

  7. The Novell Client for Linux check box should already be selected. If it is not, select it to automatically select all packages for installation.

  8. Click Accept to install all of the Novell Client for Linux packages.

  9. Start the Novell Client for Linux.

Starting or Restarting the Novell Client for Linux

Use any of the following methods to start or restart the Novell Client for Linux:

  • Restart the Linux Workstation: This is the best way to ensure that the Novell Client for Linux is completely restarted.

  • Manually Start the Novell Client: Open a terminal window and log in as root and run the following commands

    • New Installations:rcnovell-xregd start

      This command loads XTier registry service that is needed by Novell Client for Linux daemon modules.

      rcnovfsd start

      This command loads the Novell file system kernel module and daemon modules of Novell Client for Linux.

    • Updates:rcnovell-xregd restart

      This command stops and reloads XTier registry service that is needed by Novell Client for Linux daemon modules.

      rcnovfsd restart

      This command stops and reloads the Novell file system kernel module and daemon modules of Novell Client for Linux.

    Manually launch Novell Client tray application by running the command /opt/novell/ncl/bin/ncl_tray either on the command line of a terminal window or in the Run Application utility that can be launched by pressing Alt-F2.

    If either of these commands displays any errors, restart the Linux machine.

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