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Looking for a way to silently uninstall the Novell client on XP Workstations. Is it possible (contrary to what the article posted on Novell's website says)? If so, how can this are done?

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Looking for a way to silently uninstall the Novell client on XP Workstations. Is it possible (contrary to what the article posted on Novell's website says)? If so, how can this are done?

According to this link (from Novell's website, http://support.novell.com/docs/Tids/Solutions/10092969.html) this can't be done silently.

However, I believe that there has to be a solution that will allow for the silent, unattended, and complete removal of the Novell client from XP workstations using Group Policy or a script.

I desperately need to be able to complete this process without having to walk around and manually uninstall the Novell client from each of my company's 2,500 workstations.

How can this be done?

http://support.novell.com/docs/Tids/Solutions/10092969.html

Novell Client Silent Uninstall Options
(Last modified: 22Apr2005)
This document (10092969) is provided subject to the disclaimer at the end of this document.

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Novell Client 4.9 for Windows NT/2000/XP

Novell Client 4.9 SP1 for Windows NT/2000/XP

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Novell Client Silent Uninstall Options

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How do I silently uninstall the Novell Client?

How to remove the NMAS client

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While Novell does not supply an uninstall program for the Novell Client, you  can use SETUPW2K.EXE to accomplish this goal. See TID 10070072 for details.



Uninstalling the 4.90 and newer clients will also launch an NMAS uninstall (if NMAS was installed along with the Novell client). This NMAS un-install will not be "silent". The Novell client is simply kicking off whatever "Uninstall" method was registered in the NMAS client's Add/Remove Programs entry. (Currently "UNCLIENT.EXE".) This application does not support "silent" mode at this time.

The 4.90 client also introduced the Add/Remove Programs uninstall item, which provides an alternate command line for uninstalling the Novell client:

RUNDLL32.EXE NWSETUP.DLL NWUninstallClient

However, this approach results in one additional prompt ("Are you sure you want to...") in addition to the NMAS concern described above.

One way is to simply disable the NMAS authentication in the client.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Novell\Login]
"NMAS Authentication"=dword:00000000


If you prefer to remove the NMAS client instead of disabling it, there is a non-supported method to automate removing nmas client on coolsolutions web site:
Automated Uninstall of NMAS
http://www.novell.com/coolsolutions/tip/14656.html 

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Document Title:  Novell Client Silent Uninstall Options
Document ID:  10092969
Solution ID:  NOVL97044
Creation Date:  21May2004
Modified Date:  22Apr2005
Novell Product Class: Netware Client

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The Origin of this information may be internal or external to Novell. Novell makes all reasonable efforts to verify this information. However, the information provided in this document is for your information only. Novell makes no explicit or implied claims to the validity of this information.
Any trademarks referenced in this document are the property of their respective owners. Consult your product manuals for complete trademark information.
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Novell does provide a solution: http://www.novell.com/coolsolutions/tip/16639.html
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