Hints & Tips, FAQs
This page will be
updated with more information as it is available.
- This page refers to the Novell
Netware Logins Wizard v1.21 or later. If you are not running the
latest version, then download it first and use it. This website
is the best place to get the Wizard.
- Before you start, thoroughly read
all of the documentation, including this webpage.
- Use the fastest PC you have to run
the Wizard, and avoid running other applications while the Wizard is
- After you export student details
from OASIS, and before you run Step 2 of the Wizard, take some time to check the SCHOOL.TXT file on the floppy
disk to check for missing or poorly entered data in OASIS. You
can open the SCHOOl.TXT file using Notepad.
Common problems include:
- Missing fields in the data - eg.
no scholastic year or no given name
- Badly entered given names such as
"Gordon (Gordy)". This will result in poorly named login
names. In the Student Information section of OASIS, there is a
Given name field and a Preferred name field. In the previous
example, "Gordon" should be entered in the Given name and "Gordy" in
the Preferred name field. The W2K Logins Wizard always reads the
Preferred name field.
- As you work through the Steps in the
Wizard, stop after Step 2 and verify the details in the Excel spreadsheet
of accounts (accounts.csv file if SYS:PUBLIC\WIZARD). Look for anything strange in the
Login Account names
the Wizard has defined.
- When running Step 3, the Novell
utility called UIMPORT will be used. UIMPORT is a DOS program
and has been known to not complete its task on every occasion.
Step 3 is NOT a step where you should walk away - it needs careful
attention. Step 3 will run the UIMPORT command once for every
scholastic year selected. Once started and after displaying one
screenful of information, it will stop and prompt for action by the
user. Press C for continuous, but WATCH the screen! You
must verify that UIMPORT completes ALL accounts in a year before it
moves onto the next year. If you see that UIMPORT did not
complete all student accounts in a year, run Step 3 again until it
does create ALL the defined accounts. There is no harm in
running Step 3 multiple times. Stop after Step 3 and open
NW Admin (or ConsoleOne) to verify all accounts have been created in
each OU as desired
before continuing with Step 4. To totally avoid this problem,
run the Wizard from a Windows 98 PC - otherwise, keep your eyes open.
- If you had a problem during Step 3,
DO NOT continue with Steps 4 and 5 - it makes no sense to do so.
Check the Troubleshooting section below for more help.
- After you have created your student
accounts with the Wizard successfully, you should implement "Contextless
Logins" on ALL your workstations by downloading the Contextless
Logins registry patch and DLL and installing them onto each PC.
The download is available on Wizard webpage and is graciously provided
by Dave Smith and Mt Druitt District Office.
- If you wish to use the Wizard in
conjunction with EduWeb,
i.e. using the EduWeb Rights Utility, then it is best if you create
your user logins in the same timeframe, rather than weeks or months
- The EduWeb Rights Utility is
designed to ONLY be run ONCE per year. You cannot use it
throughout the year to add EduWeb rights for new students that enrol
part-way through the year. These have to be done manually.
If you do run this utility more than once you are likely to damage the
EWSHRTCT.DAT file, an important part of EduWeb. It is
recommended that before you run the EduWeb Rights Utility that you
make a backup copy of the EWSHRTCT.DAT file.
- My school already has manually
created individual logins for the senior years. Can we use the Wizard
to create accounts for the junior years only?
Absolutely! Just select the years you'd like accounts for and make
sure you create the necessary OUs and User Templates. But in
future years, you'll only be able to manage those years' accounts
using the Wizard. The senior years will always have to be
managed manually. That's why it's always recommended to wipe all
existing student accounts and recreate accounts for all students using
- Previously, we created our
accounts in OUs named after the year they arrived at the school.
Will the Wizard work this way?
No. The Wizard has been setup to create student accounts in OUs
named after the year they are expected to leave the school.
- We would like to create
student accounts in the form initial then surname - eg. Stuart Hasic
would have an account name of shasic. Is this possible?
No. The Wizard offers three different formats for SAM account name.
You must choose one of those.
- Will the Wizard automatically
truncate account names and home folders to 8 characters?
No, this is not necessary with the Wizard, it can create both account
names and home directories with names longer than 8 characters.
The 8 character restriction is an old DOS restriction which no longer
needs to apply.
- Does the Volume Restriction
apply only to each student's home folder?
No. It applies to the entire volume where the home folders are
stored. In other words, if students have their home folders and
the EduWeb system on the same Netware volume, then the volume
restriction (say 10MB) will restrict the total volume of files
students can create or store in both locations combined to 10MB.
- When attempting to create the
USER_TEMPLATE in the student OUs, I find there is no Template object
in Netware Admin on Netware 4.11. Why not?
The NWDMIN Schema has not been added to Netware Admin.
To solve this, go to the DOS Prompt at a workstation, change to the
SYSTEM\SCHEMA folder on the SYS volume (usually F:) and run the
command at the F:\SYSTEM\SCHEMA> prompt:
Then run NWADMN32 again and the Template object should be
- When Step 1 runs, the black
(DOS) screen displays error messages. What's happening?
It is imperative that the Wizard is run from the
\PUBLIC\WIZARD folder. In other words, the drive letter where
you run the Wizard from must be mapped to the Root of the SYS: volume.
If you open My Computer, you must be able to see a drive letter
representing the SYS: volume. When you open that, there must be
a folder called PUBLIC and inside that a folder called WIZARD.
If this is not the case, then sort out your drive mappings first.
It is also essential that you have a Search Mapping to SYS:PUBLIC.
Again, in My Computer, there must be a drive letter, usually X:, Y: or
Z: mapped to SYS:PUBLIC - but do NOT run the Wizard from this drive.
- While Step 2 is starting, an
Error Code 62 or 5 is displayed. What's this mean?
It usually means a problem in your OASIS data. You either did
not export the file (SCHOOL.TXT) correctly by not following the steps
exactly, or there is data missing such as a given (preferred) name or
a scholastic year.
- During Step 2, an Error Code
64 is displayed. What's that?
Error 64 usually means your floppy diskette or the floppy drive in
your workstation is faulty. Make a new Wizard diskette and start
again or try from another PC.
- I have run the Wizard for the
second year and asked it to remove the Login Accounts for students
that have left the school. It did this successfully, but it did
not delete their home folder. Why not?
It was decided during development that deleting the home folders of
students that have left is a simple task and should be performed by
the network administrator. This way, the folders can be checked
first for important documents or other files belonging to the student,
which they may ask for in the future.
- When running the EduWeb Rights
Utility, an error occurs after the Set Rights button has been clicked.
What might this be?
If you unsuccessfully ran the EduWeb Rights Utility once, then this
error might occur. The utility will attempt to backup the
EWSHRTCT.DAT file to a file called EWSHRTCT.ORG. If the .ORG
file already exists when you try to run the Rights Utility again, an
error will occur. The solution involves replacing the
EWSHRTCT.DAT file with your backup original copy and deleting the
EWSHRTCT.ORG file then trying again.
Any comments you may have about this Wizard and
how you found using it would be most appreciated. Please forward
(c) 2002-2004 by Stuart Hasic