Howto: Authenticate to eDirectory via the Novell Client, command line style

I have a backup script that runs on a Windows 2003 server that requires Novell client authentication.  Here’s how to authenticate to eDirectory via the command line, which means it’s scriptable!  The syntax is:

c:\windows\system32\LOGINW32.EXE  .user.ou.o /PWD password /CONT

Alternatively, you could map a drive to an eDirectory server (Netware, SLES Linux or Windows), which would force background authentication.  Here’s that syntax:

net use x: \\server\vol /user:.user.ou.o password

Fix: Groupwise won’t install on Windows Server 2003

Groupwise typically will not install on Windows Server 2003 due to DEP incompatibilities.  Data Execution Prevention (DEP) is a set of hardware and software technologies that perform additional checks on memory to help prevent malicious code from running on a system.

To resolve this issue:

1) Right click on My Computer > Properties

2) Select Advanced > Performance Settings > Data Execution Prevention

3) Select Turn on DEP for essential Windows programs and services only  > OK > OK

4) Reboot the Windows 2003 Server

See TID 3131386 for details on the Groupwise client crashing, TID 3564700 for details about not being able to install the Groupwise agents or administration files on Windows Server 2003.

For more details on DEP, see MS KB 875352.