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Get IT Done: Serving up NetWare's Web Manager

Uncover a new way to administer your NetWare server from a Web browser

How about a server management tool that requires no installation, allows you to perform administrative tasks from any Web browser, and costs you absolutely nothing? You say it sounds too good to be true? Well, in this instance, it really is true. The NetWare Web Manager is installed automatically during NetWare 5.1 installation, requires no initial configuration, allows you to use a Web browser to perform management tasks, and is a standard piece of NetWare 5.1. In this article, you will learn about some of the outstanding features of this great new utility.
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The NetWare Web Manager consists of a set of NLMs that run on the server. During NetWare 5.1 installation, the command to load the NLM is added to AUTOEXEC.NCF. To manually load the Web Manager, type LOAD NSWEB at the server console. Figure A shows the Web Manager screen that’s displayed on the server. As you can see, very little can be accomplished here. Your only options are to restart or shut down the Web Manager.

Figure A

Accessing Web Manager
To access the NetWare Web Manager, launch your Internet browser of choice and type a URL that uses the following syntax:

An example of this would be The default IP port is 2200, but you can change this. You can verify the IP port from the Web Manager screen on the file server, which is shown in Figure A.

Once you enter the URL, you must log in as a user with Admin rights. After being authenticated, the Web Manager General Administration screen will be displayed in the browser and will look similar to Figure B.

Figure B

Using Web Manager
You are given the following four choices under the General Administration heading:
  1. Admin Preferences will provide you with Web Manager administration functions. You can turn on/off SSL, shut down Web Manager, change the IP port, set logging options, and view access and error logs.
  2. The Global Settings section allows you to select where you obtain directory service. Your choices are Local database, LDAP directory server, and NDS.
  3. The Users and Groups section provides you with rudimentary NDS management capabilities. NetWare Administrator still has much more functionality, but this utility works well for making basic changes.
  4. Cluster Management provides you with basic cluster administration capabilities.

You can return to the Web Manager General Administration screen by clicking the Server Administration link in the upper-right corner of any of these screens. From the Web Manager’s main page, you have access to each of the Web servers installed on the network, as well as the NetWare Management Portal and NDS management. If a server is running, the On button will be lit, and if the server is stopped, the Off button will be lit. Clicking these buttons will either stop or start the server.

You can access the Web server configuration screens by clicking the button located next to the On and Off buttons. The file server name that is displayed on the button indicates where the Web server is installed. The Web server configuration pages are easy to navigate and provide you with excellent functionality.

The most exciting feature of the NetWare Web Manager is the ability to access it from virtually any workstation on the network, regardless of the client software that’s running on the computer. Thus, if you are working in a remote area that has an NT domain, you can still manage your NetWare server. A traveling administrator will love the easy access and powerful capabilities of the NetWare Web Manager.

Steve Pittsley is a CNE and desktop analyst for a Milwaukee hospital. He enjoys playing drums, bowling, and most sports.

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