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troubleshooting novell bordermanager

Troubleshooting Novell BorderManager®

Craig Johnson

Novell SysOp

Caterina Luppi

Novell SysOp

Shaun Pond

Novell Consulting, UK

session agenda
Session Agenda
  • BorderManager® components
  • Troubleshooting tools and techniques
  • Common problems and solutions
  • Questions and answers
bordermanager components
BorderManager Components
  • BorderManager is modular
    • Proxies (forward and reverse)
    • Access control
    • Gateways (IPX/IP, IP/IP, SOCKS)
    • VPN
    • RADIUS
    • Dial services
    • Routing and filtering, including stateful filtering (3.x)
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BorderManager Components
  • It is critical to understand the layers that BorderManager services are built on
    • Network layer–filters, and routing
      • The proxies do not work on this layer, but they depend on it to function
      • The support for the network layer is included in the NetWare® operating system
    • Application, session layers–proxies, gateways and access control
      • This layer is provided by BorderManager
    • Get routing working before worrying about proxies
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BorderManager Components
  • Network layer considerations
    • Default filters and exceptions provide basic network layer functionality for proxy, gateways and VPN
    • The proxies do notcreate the filter exceptions as needed
    • Default exceptions do notcover a secondary IP address
    • Bypassing the proxies requires extra work to be done using filter exceptions and ensuring routing is correct
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BorderManager Components
  • Proxies
    • Proxies listen on certain ports on certain IP addresses
    • Some proxies listen on all IP addresses, others only on IP addresses defined as private
    • Acceleration listens on IP addresses defined as public
    • Proxies need to have filter exceptions defined in order to function
      • Most, but not all, proxy traffic is allowed with the default filter exceptions
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BorderManager Components
  • Proxies
    • Why doesn’t proxy need routing enabled?
      • It regenerates traffic on an interface, and does not just route traffic between interfaces
    • Why does bypassing proxy need routing enabled?
      • Because if you bypass proxies, the only method left to move packets is to route them between interfaces, which means routing must be enabled, and filter exceptions must be added
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BorderManager Components
  • Access control list (access rules)
    • Access rules control the use of the proxies, IP gateway and VPN
    • Access rules are read from top to bottom
    • Access rules can be inherited
    • Only one access rule is ever actually used
    • There is a default access rule—Deny All
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BorderManager Components
  • Access control list (cont.)
    • Only a few proxies use Novell Directory Services® (NDS®)-based access rules
    • HTTP proxy, FTP proxy, transparent (HTTP) proxy and transparent telnet proxy can use NDS-based access rules
    • You must enable Proxy Authentication to make use of an NDS-based access rule
    • If the client does not proxy authenticate, it cannot use NDS-based access rules, and will skip over them
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BorderManager Components
  • How Proxy Authentication works
    • Proxy Authentication is initiated by the BorderManager server
    • The BorderManager server asks the source IP address for NDS information
    • The source IP address responds, via CLNTRUST or SSL login (Must be logged in for CLNTRUST to work)
    • The BorderManager server remembers an authenticated connection for some time
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BorderManager Components
    • Used to link authentication request from dial-up system through to NDS account
    • Any RADIUS-compliant access system can work with BorderManager RADIUS
    • BorderManager NIAS dial-up is not RADIUS-compliant
    • May need a Login Policy Object
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BorderManager Components
  • The IPX/IP and IP/IP gateways
    • Necessary for the clients with ONLY the IPX protocol
    • Alternative to the proxies and NAT for clients with IP
    • Simple to configure (no need to configure routing at the client) but not flexible
    • ALL traffic is directed from the workstations to the BorderManager server, including the local traffic
    • Performance slower than NAT/proxies (work at the session layer of the model)
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BorderManager Components
  • The IPX/IP and IP/IP gateways (cont.)
    • Need a dedicated component of the client installed on the workstations (“IP gateway”)
    • Only for Windows workstations running the Netware Client 32™
    • The applications must be Winsock compliant(no native TCP/IP)
    • Access rules for ANY port and protocol
    • Warning: “mature product”
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BorderManager Components
  • Virtual Private Networks (VPN)
    • Two types of VPN
      • Site-to-site
      • Client-to-site
    • Site-to-site VPN links two LAN’s together with an “encrypted tunnel”
    • Client-to-site VPN allows a remote PC to make a secure connection to a LAN over the Internet
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BorderManager Components
  • The site-to-site VPN
    • It is mainly based on routing
    • An encrypted tunnel links two or more LANs connected to the same VPN
    • Traffic passes through the tunnel because a static route makes the tunnel the lowest cost route
    • Traffic passing through the tunnel is encrypted and decrypted at the VPN server
    • No need of special software at the workstations(it supports all client OS)
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BorderManager Components
  • The client-to-site VPN
    • It is established between a client, running special software, and a VPN server
      • Both must be connected to the Internet
    • It provides secure access to the LAN and WAN behind the VPN server
    • The user must be authorized to establish the VPN with a username and through “Access Rules”
    • The client workstation must use MS Windows(Win 9x, NT, 2000)
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BorderManager Components
  • Miscellaneous components
    • BorderManager stores some configuration in NDS attributes of the server object
    • BorderManager can store access rules as user, group, container or BorderManager server attributes
    • Some proxy settings are stored in SYS:\ETC\PROXY\PROXY.CFG
    • Filters are stored in SYS:ETC\FILTERS.CFG
    • Routes are stored in SYS:ETC\GATEWAYS
    • BorderManager can use up to five different NLS licenses
troubleshooting tools and techniques
Troubleshooting Tools and Techniques
  • What isn’t working?
    • Define the scope of the problem
      • One proxy?
      • An access rule?
      • Inbound traffic?
      • NAT?
    • What changed recently?
  • Simplify, simplify, simplify
    • Start from the bottom of the OSI model
      • Is a cable plugged in?
      • Is routing, filtering or NAT involved?
      • Is a proxy or access rule involved?
    • Disable features to isolate the problem
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Troubleshooting Tools and Techniques
  • Techniques for isolating problems
    • Uncheck Enforce Rules
    • Disable filters—Unload IPFLT.NLM
    • SET NAT DYNAMIC MODE TO PASS THRU=ON(or disable NAT Implicit Filtering in INETCFG)
    • Reboot
      • Does the problem go away?
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Troubleshooting Tools and Techniques
  • Techniques for isolating problems
    • Have you applied the latest patches?
    • Do you know what the latest patches are?
      • Novell public forums
    • Look for error messages on the server console, especially when BorderManager first starts
    • Look for NDS issues
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Troubleshooting Tools and Techniques
  • Techniques for isolating problems
    • Does the internal host see the BorderManager server?
    • Is the internal host configured to use the BorderManager service?
      • HTTP proxy settings, IP gateway service, SOCKS settings
    • Is a proxy seeing the traffic?
      • See Proxy Console Statistics
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speaker notes present

Troubleshooting Tools and Techniques
  • General connectivity and routing diagnostic tools
    • PING—to verify IP connectivity between two hosts
    • TRACERT/IPTRACE.NLM—to check every hop between two hosts
    • SET TCP IP DEBUG=1—to dump the TCP/IP packets on the server console (=0 turns it off)
    • SET FILTER DEBUG=ON, (followed by appropriate action) —see only certain types of packets, useful on busy servers
    • CONLOG.NLM—the console log, to capture the output of the debug to the SYS:ETC\CONSOLE.LOG file
    • TCPCON.NLM—to check the effective routing table of the server
    • NETMON.NLM—capture trace data on the server
    • Third party network analyzer
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Troubleshooting Tools and Techniques
  • Deciphering TCP IP DEBUG data
    • Packets not getting to the server = a routing problem
    • Packets to the server public side and beingignored = NAT implicit filtering
    • Packets not going out = a missing default route
    • Packets being discarded = filters are dropping the packets
    • Packets going out the public interface, with no responses coming back = NAT is needed
    • Packets going to an internal host (via Static NAT or VPN) with no response = missing default gateway on internal host
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Troubleshooting Tools and Techniques
  • Packet filtering
    • FILTCFG.NLM: to see what filter exceptions are in place
    • UNLOAD IPFLT to make sure it is actually a filtering issue
    • SET TCP IP DEBUG=1: to dump the TCP/IP packets on the server console (=0 turns it off)
      • Look for the “DISCARDED” packets
    • SET FILTER DEBUG=ON, for 3.x only, to see selected types of IP packets
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Troubleshooting Tools and Techniques
  • Proxy and access rules
    • Access rule logging, see what is being denied (or allowed)
    • Backup your rules (use Clipboard Viewer) before experimenting
    • Proxy console statistics, see what the proxies are seeing
    • NWADMN32, see if licenses are being used
    • Simple notes relating when and where problems occur
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Troubleshooting Tools and Techniques
  • Are access rules seemingly being ignored
    • Is Enforce Access Rules checked?
    • A rule higher in the list may be taking precedence
    • Check effective rules—you might be inheriting rules
    • An NDS rule will be ignored (skipped) if the internal PC is not proxy authenticated
    • Adding a rule with logging enabled can help find out what is being seen by the BorderManager server
    • “Authenticate Only when user attempts to access a restricted page”—use with care
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Troubleshooting Tools and Techniques
  • Johnny can’t get a generic proxy for NTP to work
    • TCP Debug shows no data coming to server
      • Internal server on internally routed segment
        • Did not have a default route configured
    • Proxy Console, option 19, shows no traffic for proxy
      • Internal server not configured to point to proxy private IP address for NTP
    • Proxy Console, option 19, shows ACL rejects
      • No Allow Port 123 Access Rule configured
    • TCP Debug shows inbound traffic discarded
      • Did not allow UDP Port 123 to public IP address with filter exception
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Troubleshooting Tools and Techniques
  • IPX/IP and IP/IP gateways
    • Read TID 2928290 and 2928294
    • Look at the Status in the IP gateway component in “Settings”, “Control Panel”, “Network” at the client
    • It is better not to specify the context of the server than rather specifying a wrong context
    • Use WINPING.EXE to check if you can ping (do not use the DOS ping)
    • IPXIPGW.NLM must be loaded
      • Check messages in the “Novell IP gateway access status” screen
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Troubleshooting Tools and Techniques
  • IPX/IP and IP/IP gateways (cont.)
    • To enable the gateway debug at the client in the c:\windows\novws.ini file add the lines



the output will be in C:\GWDBG32.TXT

    • To enable the gateway debug at the server use



The output will be in SYS:\IPXIPGWx.LOG

it slows down the server

common problems and solutions
Common Problems and Solutions
  • No default route/gateway on some host in the process
    • Check host, and all intervening routers
  • Did not install default filters
    • Load BRDCFG, follow prompts (secure the public IP address only)
  • Access rules in wrong sequence
    • Change the rule order
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Common Problems and Solutions
  • NDS-based rule, no proxy authentication
    • Must run CLNTRUST at client, or use SSL Authentication
    • Not all proxies use NDS-based rules
  • Licensing issues
    • See Novell TID 10013723
  • Slow shutdown of server
    • Unload BorderManager services before downing server
      • Get BMOFF.NCF file at
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Common Problems and Solutions
  • NWADMN32 snapin issues
    • Rename to ACNWAUTH.DLL snapin to ACNWAUTH.DL_
    • See
  • Proxy cache not on dedicated volume(s)
    • Always put cache on a dedicated volume, never SYS
  • BorderManager not tuned for performance
    • See TID 10018669
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Common Problems and Solutions
  • Mail proxy
    • Has had a number of issues over the years,be sure to check latest patches
    • LOAD PROXY -M to allow mail proxy to use more than one MX record when sending SMTP
      • LOAD BRDSRV/NOLOAD to prevent autoloading
  • DNS proxy
    • Don’t try with NAMED loaded on the server
    • May need to clear cached data by deleting SYS:ETC\PROXY\PXYHOSTS file
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Common Problems and Solutions
  • HTTP proxy caching unwanted site/just added site as non-cacheable, but old site still comes up
    • Need to clear the (entire) cache as follows
      • Unload proxy
      • Delete SYS:ETC\PROXY\PXYHOSTS (optional)
      • Load Proxy –cc
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Common Problems and Solutions
  • Transparent proxy
    • Somewhat slower than HTTP proxy
    • Doesn’t do DNS lookup for the client
      • Client must be configured to do DNS
    • Logs web sites visited by IP address instead of URL
    • Does not support HTTPS/SSL
  • Massive TCP/IP communications failure
    • NETDB 4.09 manually loaded before INITSYS.NCF– load it after INITSYS, or let it autoload as needed
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Common Problems and Solutions
    • Dial access system—redundancy
    • Do you need a profile?
    • Attributes with attitude
      • RADATR3A.EXE
    • Testing:
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Common Problems and Solutions
  • IPX/IP and IP/IP gateway

I am using Novell Client 3.3, the gateway status at the client is always “not connected”

    • The IP gateway component of the Client v.3.3 doesn’t work properly
    • Try to use Client 3.1 or 3.21

In ZENworks all the workstations appear to have the IP address of the gateway

    • This is the way the gateway works
    • The workstations talk to the gateway, and the gateway communicates on their behalf with the other devices
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Common Problems and Solutions
  • IPX/IP and IP/IP gateway (cont.)

The browsers, IE more frequently, fail to connect to the gateway. Netscape returns the “unable to open socket connection message”

    • Make sure you are using the correct Winsock version at the client
      • For BorderManager 2.1 you must use the Novell Winsock I(latest client version using this Winsock version is 2.5)
      • For BorderManager 3.x, use the MS Winsock II

This limitation applies only to the gateways

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Common Problems and Solutions
  • IPX/IP and IP/IP gateway (cont.)

I am using SSO authentication to the gateway, but when I try to use the HTTP proxy with authentication (to use ACL) I get the message: “403 Forbidden, you are not logged in”

    • The IP gateway and the standard HTTP proxy cannot work together
    • If you want to use proxy authentication with the IP gateway you must use the Transparent HTTP proxy
    • SSL authentication to the HTTP proxy doesn’t work either
    • You can use the HTTP proxy without authentication
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Common Problems and Solutions
  • IPX/IP and IP/IP gateway (cont.)

How do I enable the transparent proxy for my IP gateway clients without affecting the user using the native TCP/IP stack?

    • To enable the transparent proxy for the IP gateway client ONLY you can use the command line (at the server)
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Common Problems and Solutions
  • Site-to-Site VPN

I configured the VPN between two servers. The VPN was established but I can’t reach the internal LAN

    • Make sure that your VPN tunnel IP address is in a different network from the private and the public IP addresses of the server

i.e. Public IP address Private IP address


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Common Problems and Solutions
  • Site-to-Site VPN (cont.)

In the logs in NWadmn32 I have the message

“Time synchronization error from connection XXX

(SKIP) Construction of SA failed for peer <IP_address>”

The VPN stays in the “Being configured” status

    • Check that the time (clock) in the servers is not more than one hour apart in UTP
    • Make sure that your ISP is not filtering any packet type
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Common Problems and Solutions
  • Site-to-Site VPN (cont.)

When loading VPNCFG I get a lot of undefined public symbols

    • The TCPIP.NLM you are using doesn’t support encryption
    • It was probably overwritten by a service pack

The VPN is up and running but I cannot contact the devices in the private segment

    • The VPN server should be the gateway to the Internet for the LAN
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Common Problems and Solutions
  • Client-to-Site VPN

I can login to the VPN but when I try to login to the NDS I get the “Tree or server not found” error message

    • Three solutions:
      • Use IPX over the tunnel to login
      • Use the IP address of the server on the private LAN instead of the server name in the NetWare login screen
      • Set up a SLP DA in your LAN and configure the client to statically query that DA for service location
Client to Site VPN (cont.)

The VPN is up and running but I cannot contact the devices in the private segment. The devices in the LAN access the internet though a device that is NOT the VPN server.

    • Use a VPN server dedicated to the client to site VPN
    • Enable dynamic NATon the PRIVATE interface only
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Common Problems and Solutions
  • Client-to-Site VPN (cont.)

When I try to authenticate to the VPN I get the message “Unable to authenticate token password”

    • If you aren’t using ActivCard, and you aren’t using Radius, delete the Login Policy Object from the NDS and delete the LPOCACHE.DAT file from the server

I am not able to use the VPN on Windows ME

    • That’s right, the VPN client doesn’t work on Windows ME!
for more information
For More Information
  • Novell Support web site
  • Novell Documentation web site
  • Novell public forums (best with news reader)
    • (NNTP)
  • Other web sites