The Network Installer Utility cannot telnet to the host. (NETIQKB37783)

  • 7737783
  • 02-Feb-2007
  • 08-Sep-2008


VigilEnt Security Agent for Unix 4.0

VigilEnt Security Agent for Unix 5.0

The Network Installer Utility cannot telnet to the host.

On some Linux installations, if ssh is not installed or configured, the Network Installer utility may also be unable to telnet to the host. This problem may be the due to incorrect telnet service xinetd settings.


To check for this problem on the Linux hosts, type the following commands:

cd /etc/xinetd.d
more telnet

The response should be similar to the following:

# default: on
# description: The telnet server serves telnet sessions;
# it uses unencrypted username/password pairs for
# authentication.
service telnet
disable = yes
flags = REUSE
socket_type = stream
wait = no
user = root
server = /usr/sbin/in.telnetd
log_on_failure += USERID

If a line is present with disable set to yes, the service will not run. The admin will need to change the disable setting to no. The same is true for the wu-ftpd service.

Additional Information

Formerly known as NETIQKB37783