TechRepublic member karini4
posed this question in the Technical Q&A: “I
have a Novell 6.5 SBS with a Windows XP machine using Novell client 4.90 and
another with 4.90 SP2. Both of these clients require the user to log in to the
server. If the user has an account on the Windows machine, it works okay, but
if they don’t, Windows XP prompts for a Windows password. How can I make the
Windows XP machines take the Novell login username and password regardless of
who it is – as long as they are authenticated on the server?”


The best answer was provided by ross.bale: “Through the logon process, the Novell client also
needs to authenticate the user onto the workstation to be able to access
workstation resources – files, printers, etc. If the Novell user doesn’t have a
user account on the local machine, the login to Windows XP will fail (but the
Novell logon would be okay). Assuming that you do not have a Windows domain or another
form of central authentication apart from NetWare, you will need to create a
user account on each workstation for each user that uses that workstation (i.e.,
if a user needs to access 10 machines, you will need to create the local user
account and password on each of those 10 machines).”

The day after ross.bale’s post, karini4 responded, “I added
the appropriate users to the Windows XP machine, being very careful to spell
their names exactly like their Novell usernames. It seems to be working fine.”


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