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Get IT Done: The Windows 2000 Novell tray icon

Optimize Novell management on a Windows 2000 workstation


The key to unlocking the door to Novell management on a Windows 2000 workstation is the tray icon. As Figure A shows, right-clicking on this icon will provide you with a host of handy features you can use to manage your NetWare connections. This article will highlight some of the more useful things you can do with the Windows 2000 Novell tray icon.

Figure A


Connection management
Have you ever wondered what file servers a workstation was attached to? Well, wonder no more. When you select NetWare Connections, you’ll be presented with a window that’s similar to the one in Figure B. From here, you can detach from a file server connection, set a primary Novell connection, or refresh the window.

Figure B


If you don’t find the connection you’re looking for, right-click on the Novell tray icon and select NetWare Login. A login box will be displayed, and you can select a file server and log in.

Capturing printers is a breeze
Capturing network printers has never been easier. Just select the Novell Capture Printer Port command to display a window similar to the one in Figure C. From this window, you can choose the port to capture and specify the network path to the printer. You can also use the Browse button to locate the printer. If you want to capture this printer each time Windows starts, select Check To Always Capture This Port When You Start Windows.

Figure C


To capture a printer, highlight it and click Capture. To define additional settings for a captured printer, select the appropriate port and click Settings. As Figure D shows, you can easily configure the appropriate settings for your printer.

Figure D


Salvaging files the easy way
You’ll soon find that the Salvage utility is one of the most useful utilities the tray icon offers. As you’ve no doubt discovered, being able to quickly salvage a customer’s files will make you a superstar in their eyes.

To restore a customer’s deleted files, select Salvage from the NetWare Utilities menu, as shown in Figure E.

Figure E


You must then drill down the file structure and locate the directory where the file was stored. Figure F shows you what you can expect to see.

Figure F


Once you’ve located the parent directory, you’ll be presented with the Salvage Network Files window, shown in Figure G. To restore the files, simply highlight them and click Salvage File.

Figure G


Configuring the system tray icon
As handy as the tray icon is, you don’t have to settle for its default configuration. Selecting the Configure System Tray Icon command allows you to determine what is opened when you double-click the icon. You can also select the action that occurs when you press [Shift] and double-click the tray icon.

In addition, you can remove the Novell system icon from the tray by selecting the Remove N Icon From System Tray check box, shown in Figure H. Given some of the powerful tools that are available with the tray icon, you might want to use this feature on your customer’s workstations for security reasons.

Figure H


Configuring the Novell client software
The final feature we’ll discuss is the Client Configuration window. This powerful tool allows you to configure all the settings for the Novell client software. To access the settings, just choose Novell Client Properties and select the Client Configuration tab. As you can see in Figure I, the Client Configuration window offers a variety of options for customization.

Figure I


Conclusion
The Novell client system tray icon is a powerful tool that you can use to support your customer workstations. While you might want to restrict the customer’s access to the features, as a network administrator you’ll enjoy the easy access to such powerful tools.
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