Netware Login: Windows 2000 Machines, NDS Tree, and No NT Domains :)

Posted on 2004-03-22
Last Modified: 2008-02-20
Hi everyone!

We have the following environment:

Novell Netware 6.5 everywhere on 120 of 135 servers.  15 Servers are running Windows 2000 server for crappy applications.  We currently have windows 98 almost everywhere on 3500 workstations.  Time to upgrade to windows 2000 professional < we are a non-profit healthcare institute, so we are a few years behind ;) >

We would like to have the following situation for few hundred of the 3500 workstations:

Login to Netware first, then, have the workstation autologin as a local user to the machine.  No active directories or dynamic local user < unless we can have DLU on only specified workstations, not by USER ID >

I have played with PGina, from but this is not what we are looking for.

I'm sure there are other folks out there that have tackled this....

any help is much appreciated...
Question by:jhines2000
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ID: 10657368
What's wrong with DLU?

We just migrated from NT to 2K (gov't agency, we stay almost as far behind as you do) and we use DLU extensively to accomplish what you're trying to do.

As for limiting it, have you considered using ZENworks Policies?

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Are you able to have DLU for certain workstations?  This would work in our environment if DLU could be turned on for these workstations- no matter who logged in < for example, a timeshare office for hospital executives >

If you can't specify which workstations get DLU, it just wouldn't work in our environment.


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If you do not install the Workstation Manager components of the NetWare Client then DLU won't be enabled.
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why do you want the SAME desktop for all users?  If someone screws up the desktop it affects ALL users.

However, if you use DLU and put desktop/Start Menu items in the All Users profile, if the user screws up a desktop, they screw up ONLY their desktop and no one elses.

So, the question is:  why won't DLU work in your environment?

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Oh, bugger off, you lucky bum. :-*
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5,000 gallons of beer in the hall, 5,000 gallons of beer!  Drink some down, pass it around, 2,500 gallons of beer in the hall.

Yes, we have gone thru 2,500 gallons of beer...
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As stated previously, DLU is ignored if you don't install the workstation manager component of the netware client.  If you want your users to log in to the NetWare network using their NDS credentials, but want to use the same local user id & configuration at the no matter who they are, check out these TIDs:

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Sammy Hagar was actually pretty good...

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