Novell slow authentication with Mac clients

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by mactechie, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. mactechie macrumors newbie

    Jan 5, 2009
    We have around 60 imacs running OS 10.5.5. Users authenticate against a Novell server via LDAP. The 'record types and attributes' box in 'search and mappings' in the LDAP directory utility have been set up by another technician. I am used to working with AD, no real experience with Novell, nor mapping attributes in the LDAP settings. Our problem is very slow authentication. When 1 user logs onto the network it takes about a minute, when 2 users log in about 2 minutes, 3 users - 3 minutes and so on.

    I know that DNS issues can cause slow authentication, but I am really stumped. I should also point out that our users are cross platform, Windows and Mac, but Windows authentication via Novell client is fine. Can anyone think of anything I can try to resolve this? MJ
  2. cantthinkofone macrumors 65816


    Jul 25, 2004
    Missouri, USA
    Novell is probably the problem. All the public schools around here use it. Their networks are so slow they are close to useless.

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