Howto: Mount a Windows share on SLES linux using cifs

This post is mainly for my own benefit.  I mount Windows shares on my SuSE linux box so infrequently, I have to dig through past notes to remind myself what the syntax is.

To mount a Windows share on SLES linux using cifs:

mount -t cifs -o username=jsmith //po5/gwdompri /mnt/po5/gwdompri

  • jsmith is the user account to authenticate as
  • //po5/gwdompri is the Windows server and share you wish to mount
  • /mnt/po5/gwdompri is the location to mount the share, or where you access it on the local Linux box.
  •  you will be prompted for the password 
  • /mnt/po5/gwdompri must exist

Fix for ConsoleOne Error -634 The target server does not have a copy of what the source

Error seen when attempting to authenticate to eDirectory in ConsoleOne on SLES 10 Linux: 

(Error-634) The target server does not have a copy of what the source
server is requesting. Or, the source server has no objects that match
the request and has no referrals on which to search for the object.

 The SLES Linux box does not have eDirectory installed on it.
The solution is, instead of specifying a tree name, specify the IP address of a server with a RW replica to authenticate to.  Specify the IP address in the tree field of the Novell Client login screen.
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Fix for make install / compiler issues with Intel e1000 NIC driver in SLES 10

How I was able to make and install the Intel e1000 NIC driver in SLES 10 Linux:

Steps 1 through 3 of the e1000-8.0.6.tar.gz readme file are simple enough to follow when making the Intel e1000 network card driver on SLES 10 SP2.  
1. Move the base driver tar file to the directory of your choice.  For example, /usr/local/src/e1000
2. From a terminal prompt, untar archive:
    tar zxf e1000-8.0.6.tar.gz
3. Change to the driver src directory:
    cd e1000-8.0.6/src/
Step 4 was where I started having problems
4.  make install
should have compiled the driver module.  Instead, I received the following error:
Linux kernel source not found in any of these locations:
*** Install the appropriate kernel development package, e.g.
*** kernel-devel, for building kernel modules and try again. Stop.
I opened YaST and searched for kernel-devel, but that package was not listed.  I did see a kernel-source package, which I installed.  I then ran make install again, and this time I received a different error message:
Makefile:131: *** Compiler not found.  Stop.
I went back into YaST, installed the gcc compiler, which added glibc-devel and libmudflap packages as dependencies, and ran make install once again.  This time it compiled successfully.
The binary was installed as /lib/modules/
5.  Make sure to remove any older existing drivers before loading the new driver:
rmmod e1000
6.  The module was then loaded using the following syntax:
insmod /lib/modules/
Once you assign an IP address, you should be able to use the interface.

Howto: Install rdesktop on SLES 10 SP2 Linux

rdesktop is software that allows a Linux client to connect to a Microsoft Windows server via RDP, much like mstsc.exe, which is Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) program.

More precisely, describes the software as:

rdesktop is an open source client for Windows Terminal Services, capable of natively speaking Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) in order to present the user’s Windows desktop. Supported servers include Windows 2000 Server, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows NT Server 4.0.

rdesktop currently runs on most UNIX based platforms with the X Window System.

To install rdesktop on SLES 10 SP2: 

1) Make sure all pre-requisites are installed on the system.  If they are not, add with YaST or download them.
2) Extract the rdesktop package. From a terminal window run
gzip -d rdesktop-1.6.0.tar.gz
tar -xvf rdesktop-1.6.0.tar
3) From the directory you extracted rdesktop run
4) From the directory you extracted rdesktop run
5) From the directory you extracted rdesktop run
make install
rdesktop will be installed by default to /usr/local
to run from a terminal
rdesktop [options] server
for example
rdesktop -u admin -p passwd
Would establish a RDP connection to server using admin’s credentials
The most commonly used  options are:
–u username specifies the user name for authentication on the server.

–p password provides a password for authentication on the server. To keep others from seeing the password supplied on the command line, use –p – to read the password from stdin.

–g geometry allows you to specify the desktop geometry. This can be given as a resolution, such as 1024×768 or as a percentage of the entire screen, as in 70%.

–r device enables device redirection, allowing you to redirect a device, such as sound from the remote machine to the local one. This feature requires Windows XP or newer.

Fixes for known issues when compiling and installing rdesktop
“ERROR: Could not find X Window System headers/libraries
To specify paths manually, use the options –x-includes and –x-libraries”
FIX: add the X-windows development tools though YaST to compile successfully – x-org-x11-devel
ERROR: Could not find OpenSSL headers/libraries.
To specify a path manually, use the –with-openssl option
FIX: add the OpenSSL development tools through YaST to compile successfully – openssl-devel – use when you really, really, really want to get rid of eDirectory

Earlier I detailed a method for re-installing eDirectory from a difficult SLES 10 SP2 server.  Sometimes even this method doesn’t work, and you have to resort to using to totally remove eDirectory from the server before it can be reinstalled.


The script will remove all packages and configuration for Novell products. It does NOT deconfigure anything. In the case of eDirectory, you will want to remove the NCP Server object from the tree, once eDirectory has been removed from the UNIX system

TID 2969195 explains how to install and use

Installation Procedure:

1) Download the tarred compressed file to your UNIX system.

2) Extract the file using the following command:

gzip -dc ./scrub_1_2_12.tgz | tar xvf –

3) Change to the ./scrub_1_2_12 directory where the ./ script was extracted.

4) Type ./ [options] as the root user.

The script can take the following options:

-s –show
Show which hardcoded Novell packages are installed and not installed on the system.

-d –dyn-show
This is the same as –show but Novell packages are found dynamically.

-i –dibsonly
Removes only DIB files and does not remove packages.

-n –noansi
Disable the use of ANSI colours.

Accepts the agreement and does not prompt for “I Agree”.

-h –help
Displays this command line help.

Simple script to backup Groupwise 7 configuration files on SLES Linux

I’m about to upgrade our Groupwise infrastructure, and I wanted to write a simple script that would backup and archive important Groupwise configuration files.  I’m not proficient at scripting, but here’s what I came up with.  Please recommend additional files to include if I have overlooked anything.

### Begin
### script to backup Groupwise configuration files
### /home/backups/gw7cfg is the directory to backup files to
### backup Groupwise agent configuration files
cp /opt/novell/groupwise/agents/share/* /home/backups/gw7cfg/
cp /etc/opt/novell/groupwise/gwha.conf /home/backups/gw7cfg/
### backup Apache web server configuration files
cp /etc/apache2/httpd.conf /home/backups/gw7cfg/
cp /etc/apache2/conf.d/gw* /home/backups/gw7cfg/
### Backup WebAccess configuration files
cp /opt/novell/groupwise/webaccess/webacc.cfg /home/backups/gw7cfg/
cp /opt/novell/groupwise/webaccess/commgr.cfg /home/backups/gw7cfg/commgr.cfg.webacc
cp /opt/novell/groupwise/webaccess/spellchk.cfg /home/backups/gw7cfg/
### Backup WebPublisher configuration files
cp /opt/novell/groupwise/webpublisher/webpub.cfg /home/backups/gw7cfg/
cp /opt/novell/groupwise/webpublisher/commgr.cfg /home/backups/gw7cfg/commgr.cfg.webpub
cp /opt/novell/groupwise/webaccess/ldap.cfg /home/backups/gw7cfg/
### Backup Tomcat configuration files
cp -r /etc/tomcat5/base/* /home/backups/gw7cfg/
### backup gwia files specific to each gateway
### may have more than one gwia per Groupwise system, so append gateway
### name to end of file
cp /mail/gwiado/wpgate/gwia703/exepath.cfg /home/backups/gw7cfg/exepath.cfg.gwia703
cp /mail/gwiado/wpgate/gwia703/gwac.db /home/backups/gw7cfg/gwac.db.gwia703
cp /mail/gwiado/wpgate/gwia703/gwauth.cfg /home/backups/gw7cfg/gwauth.cfg.gwia703
cp /mail/gwiado/wpgate/gwia703/mimetype.cfg /home/backups/gw7cfg/mimetype.cfg.gwia703
### backup webaccess files specific to each gateway
### may have more than one gwia per Groupwise system, so append gateway
### name to end of file
cp /mail/webdo/wpgate/webac703/comint.cfg /home/backups/gw7cfg/comint.cfg.webac703
cp /mail/webdo/wpgate/webac703/commgr.cfg /home/backups/gw7cfg/commgr.cfg.webac703
cp /mail/webdo/wpgate/webac703/gwac.db /home/backups/gw7cfg/gwac.db.webac703
cp /mail/webdo/wpgate/webac703/mimetype.cfg /home/backups/gw7cfg/mimetype.cfg.webac703

### Backup Groupwise monitor files
cp /opt/novell/groupwise/gwmonitor/gwmonitor.cfg /home/backups/gw7cfg/gwmonitor.cfg
cp /opt/novell/groupwise/gwmonitor/default/gwmonitor.cfg /home/backups/gw7cfg/gwmonitor.cfg.default
cp /opt/novell/groupwise/gwmonitor/default/gwmonitor.xml /home/backups/gw7cfg/gwmonitor.xml
### tar configuration files and label archive with today's date
tar -pcvzf /home/backups/$(date +%m-%d-%Y).tar.gz /home/backups/gw7cfg/
### Remove old configuration files rm -r /home/backups/gw7cfg/* 
### End ####################################

Howto: Minimize all Windows and show the Desktop in SLES Linux

On my Windows machines I frequently use the Windows Key + D shortcut to minimize all open Windows to quickly access the desktop.  I had been meaning to find the equivalent key combination in SuSE Linux Server Enterprise 10’s Gnome desktop, and finally found out how to do it yesterday.

The shortcut key combination to minimize all open Windows and view the desktop is CTRL+ALT+D