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Configuring the Client

After you have installed the Novell client software, you can configure the client software by modifying its properties. The client properties enable you to specify information such as login preferences, protocol settings, default capture settings, and so on. To open the client property pages, right-click the red N icon in the system tray and click Novell Client Properties (see Figure 3.10).

There are several configuration pages available in Novell client properties (for detailed information on Novell client property pages, see Appendix A, "Novell Client Properties"):

  • Client—The Client page enables you to define basic login preferences, similar to the NDS tab in the Novell Login screen.

  • Location Profiles—Location Profiles enable you to save a specific login configuration so that users don’t have to enter login information manually. Location profiles are especially powerful for users who log in from multiple locations (such as the office, home, laptop, and so on).

  • Advanced Login—Advanced Login options enable you to hide certain aspects of the Novell Login screen to prevent users from making changes.

  • Figure 3.10

    Figure 3.10 Configuration options for the Novell client.

  • Service Location—The Service Location page is used to configure the client for the use of Service Location Protocol (SLP). You can specify where and how the client will request network services. For more information on SLP, see the OES NetWare documentation.

  • Advanced Settings—Advanced Settings enable you to configure a host of network communications details. For more information on the Advanced settings options, see Appendix A.

  • Advanced Menu Settings—Advanced Menu Settings gives you full control over the client network environment, including which network resources are available and how they are offered to the network user.

  • Default Capture—Default Capture enables you to configure a user’s NetWare print jobs.

  • Protocol Preferences—Protocol Preferences enable you to define the usage order for network protocols and name resolution protocols. The listed protocols are used in the order specified.

  • LDAP Contextless Login—LDAP Contextless Login enables contextless login without requiring the support of a catalog on the back end. When a user authenticates, LDAP is used to search the entire eDirectory tree, or trees, for the specified username. If a username is found, the login process will continue based on the tree and context information associated with that user. If the same username exists in multiple contexts, the user is prompted to select the correct user.

  • (Conditional) Single Sign-on—Novell client for Windows XP/2000 adds the Single Sign-on tab. This enables you to store the workstation-specific password in eDirectory so that it can be automatically presented as part of an NMAS or single sign-on authentication, if available.

  • (Conditional) DHCP Settings—Novell client for Windows XP/2000 adds the DHCP settings to configure the client DHCP environment.

  • DSCAT Contextless Login—DSCAT Contextless Login specifies the use of an eDirectory catalog for login. This enables users to authenticate using their common name only, rather than having to remember their entire name context. LDAP contextless login is recommended over this option.

  • Update Agent—Update Agent configures Novell Client Upgrade Agent options, as discussed earlier in this chapter.

With these client pages you have granular control over the operation of the Novell client.

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