How do I mount a Novell volume from Linux?

Posted on 2009-04-27
Last Modified: 2013-12-05
I'm running Ubuntu 9.04 on my laptop and wish to connect to a Novell server but when I try:
ncpmount -A -U novellusername /media/data01/ -V data01
I get "ncpmount: Unknown user (0x89FC) in find_conn_spec"
What am I doing wrong?

Question by:jasonzx
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    This may or may not help you.. I found on the 'net a reference to setting the -U value to "lpart"  . You will be prompted then for a username/password.  It was claimed to resolve the find_conn_spec problem for the poster. This person used the ncpmount command with:

         ncpmount -S asc_2001 -f 0664 -d 0775 -U lpart /mnt/asc_2001

    ...replace the -S value and the mount point as appropriate...


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    Possibly worth the look???

    Direct from Novell:

    Also found on this site:

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    It's not a Novell server, it's a Netware server. Netware is a product of Novell.

    If it's a recent version of Netware it will come with Native File Access. This means it supports CIFS, AFP and NFS making things a lot easier.

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     Tried: ncpmount -S server -f 0664 -d 0775 -U user /media/data01
     and got: ncpmount: Server not found (0x8847) when trying to find server
     Tried by server name and IP and results were the same

     Which solution has better support under linux? CIFS, AFP or NFS, are there any clear advantages to using one rather than another?
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    try ncpmount -S ip_address_of_server -A dns_name_of_server -U cn=your-user-name.ou=your-context.o=whatever is necessary /media/<directory to represent server name>

    Try (if you have the credential/password) to use your admin account first.  If that works, then try your own account.

    IMO, CIFS is a great way to attach to a NetWare server but doing so assumes that you have the ability to set a Simple Password on your account and that your context in eDirectory is found in the sys:/etc/cifsctxs.cfg file and that the CIFS.NLM and support NLMs are running (do a CIFSSTRT.NCF if they are not).

    Hope that helps.


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