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Seven Tips for Successful iChain Installation

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Cary Baer
Novell, Inc.

18 Oct 2000

Novell's iChain is great once you have it installed and configured. The trick is getting to that point where you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the power and capabilities that iChain provides. Most of the difficulty arises from the fact that iChain is very particular about what type of system it will install on.

Here are some tips on the system setup that can help you avoid the most common problems during iChain installation.

  1. It works best to install the iChain proxy server on a "bare bones" NetWare 5.1 server: no Web server, no FTP server, no NDPS. When you get to the NetWare 5.1 custom option selection, deselect all the check boxes except the ones that are grayed-out.

  2. The NetWare 5.1 server on which you will install the iChain proxy must be the first server in the tree. Don't install it into an already existing tree. This enables you to have the Certificate Authority reside on this server.

  3. Do not attempt to install BorderManager in the same tree as your iChain proxy or community server. Their schemas are not compatible.

  4. During the NetWare 5.1 installation, leave at least 1 GB of the disk as unpartitioned disk space to accommodate the iChain Cache Object Store (COS).

  5. Don't create any NSS volumes on the server.

  6. Install the IP protocol only (not IPX).

  7. After installation is complete, run INETCFG to transfer the LAN driver and protocol.

If you heed these seven tips, you will be well on your way to a successful iChain installation.

* Originally published in Novell AppNotes


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