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Other Novell Clients

In addition to the traditional Novell client, there are other clients available with OES NetWare:

  • NICI client

  • NMAS client

In addition to these clients, there are a few others that are installed automatically with their respective product software. Each of these clients will be discussed as part of its product overview in other chapters throughout this book.

NICI Client

The NICI is the modular foundation for all crypto-services offered in Novell products and services. The NICI client provides cryptographic services to client-side applications and services. The NICI client has received FIPS 140-1 (Level 1) certification, which is as good as it gets for client-based cryptographic services. For more information on NICI and other OES NetWare security services, see Chapter 7.

The NICI client is included with the Novell client download, available from http://download.novell.com. The following OES NetWare services rely upon the NICI client:

  • Deployment Manager

  • Novell Nsure Audit

  • Native File Access

  • Novell Modular Authentication Service

  • Novell Certificate Server

  • ConsoleOne (when installed on a local workstation)

The NICI client is installed automatically as part of the Novell client installation process, discussed previously. With the Novell client for Windows XP/2000, it can also be installed separately by completing the following steps:

  1. Locate the \nici folder created when the Novell client files are extracted from the Zip file downloaded from http://download.novell.com. For example, for Novell client for Windows XP/2000, the NICI folder is located in \WINNT\i386\.

  2. Launch WCNICIU0.EXE from the \nici folder.

  3. At the NICI client Welcome screen, click Next.

  4. At the License Agreement screen, click Yes.

  5. At the Setup Complete screen, click Finish.

This completes the installation of the NICI client.

NMAS Client

NMAS enables you to supplement or replace the traditional Novell password authentication mechanism with alternative mechanisms such as smart cards, tokens, and biometrics. OES NetWare includes the NMAS Starter Pack, which offers two alternative authentication methods. NMAS Enterprise Edition, which is sold as an add-on product, adds support for many third-party authentication methods, multifactor authentication, and graded authentication.

The NMAS client provides a framework within which authentication methods can be configured and integrated with Novell eDirectory to provide a flexible and seamless authentication process. For more information on NMAS, see Chapter 7.

The NMAS client is typically installed as part of the Novell client installation. However, with the Novell client for Windows XP/2000 you can also install the NMAS client after the fact. To do so, complete the following steps:

  1. The latest version of the Novell client and the NICI client are required for installation of the NMAS client. Make sure they are installed prior to installing the NMAS client.

  2. Locate the \nmasclient folder created when the Novell client files are extracted from the Zip file downloaded from http://download.novell.com.

  3. Launch CLIENTSETUP.EXE from the \nmasclient folder.

  4. At the NMAS client Welcome screen, click Next. The installation routine will review the versions of the Novell client and NICI client to make sure that all prerequisites have been met.

  5. At the License Agreement screen, click Yes.

  6. At the Setup Complete screen, click Finish.

  7. Click OK to finish the installation. Note that you will have to restart the workstation for the NMAS client installation to be complete.

When the workstation reboots, you will see the new NMAS login screen. For more information on configuring and using NMAS login methods, see Chapter 7.

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