Requires OES or NetWare


UPDATED MARCH 2014: The tool has been improved! It now uses the DNS/DHCP Console code from OES 11sp2,  there is no need to make any modifications to OS X when running it, and some support for Retina displays is available.


I prefer to administer my OES and NetWare servers from an OS X client, but iManager, SSH, X-Windows, and RconsoleJ can only take you so far. If you wanted to use the DNS / DHCP Console (which is more reliable than iManager for DNS and DHCP), you had to use a Windows or Linux client.

Then, several years ago, junaid_s84 posted a way of running the Novell DNS / DHCP Console on OS X. Unfortunately, that solution did not allow the use of SSL, and it required you to start the application with a script. That original post can be found at

We now have a solution that offers the following advantages:
1. It allows SSL.
2. It behaves like a real OS X application bundle.
3. It uses the version of the Console included with OES 2 sp3 OES 11sp2.

In order to create this application bundle, we did have to modify the code a little bit. For details, please see the “porting.txt” included in the zip file.

When you run the application you will be able to use the DNS/DHCP Console exactly as if you were running it on Windows or Linux, except with all the Aqua-goodness of OS X!

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Disclaimer: As with everything else at NetIQ Cool Solutions, this content is definitely not supported by NetIQ, so Customer Support will not be able to help you if it has any adverse effect on your environment.  It just worked for at least one person, and perhaps it will be useful for you too.  Be sure to test in a non-production environment.

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  • warper2 says:

    I wish that could save the histories of where it has gone. It appears that it is a path issue I am assuming. Anyone know of a way toy resolve this?

    12/10/11 12:48:28.277 PM [0x0-0x204204].com.novell.dnip.ui.DNSDHCP: DNSDHCPHistory:loadHistory() file doesn’t exists /Users/rick\Novell\DNSDHCP\CacheFile-rick not able to load history values

    I don’t think it likes the \ instead of the / , that could be incorrect but just trying to figure it out.


    • jlodom says:

      Did you run the script to set up the config files? If not then check the instructions, run the script, and reboot. History should work after that.

      • jlodom says:

        FYI: The new version (March 2014) no longer requires any modifications — paths and history should “just work”.

  • warper2 says:

    It seems that it will not work on Mountain lion.

    • jlodom says:

      See my reply to your other comment regarding your issue.

      I can confirm that it does run in Mountain Lion (as I am doing using it), but of course you must first install Java. I am using Java 1.6 — I have not yet tested with 1.7, but will be doing so as part of an overall update soon.

    • jlodom says:

      Everything has now been smoothed out with the updated Console.

  • warper2 says:

    HI did find now that if I don’t use ssl it will work with ML. It does not save any settings though. I hae already tried to delete the plist file to have it recreated.

    • jlodom says:

      Do run the script again — since you deleted the plist, it will have trouble updating settings. Once you’ve run it, log out and back in. That will fix the settings not being remembered.

      To fix the SSL issue ….

      Open Terminal as the user who uses the console and try this command:
      rm ~/.novell/DNSDHCP/jssecacerts*
      (Note the period in front of “novell” above)
      And then re-open the Console and see if it works. It should present the SSL certificate to you again, and once you accept you should be good going forward.

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