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There's a linux build of the sentinel drivers, but it requires a custom kernel module with a binary blob. Yuck. Also, it seems to have a problematic build file for modern kernels. There's also some uncertainty as to whether it would even work with an ancient parallel dongle like ours. (apparently there were different generations of parallel dongles… and the newer software seems to be more more based on usb dongles anyway) So… instead we'll run the Windows server under Wine. Amazingly, that's actually easier.

  • aptitude install wine-bin, but deselect dbus, dbus-x11, and xml-core
  • echo ppdev >> /etc/modules
  • in winecfg – make sure to configure wine to run as win98 – this is necessary for parallel port access, remove Z drive and D drive
  • add keys to HKCU to configure parallel port 378 to point to /dev/parport0 –
  • install rnbosent drivers for win98 (this will add a vxd)
  • to test using GUI app: wine NSRVGX.EXE /SN:0 /SW:0 /N:emslicense /TI:1 /RI:1
  • do not use the /DN parameter – it makes visualnastran unable to see the server
  • the server uses TCP Port 2051 and UDP Port 2050
  • you have to manually copy NSSRVICE.EXE to system32, then run the install command
  • NSSRVICE.EXE /I /SN:0 /SW:0 /N:emslicense /TI:1 /RI:1 will install it
  • to start it, run wineserver -p && wineboot 2> /dev/null
  • to stop it, run wineserver -k
  • you might want to configure the mount daemon to not start automatically to save RAM (change start from 2 to 3 in the registry)
  • testing:
su -c "/usr/lib/wine/wineserver -p" -s /bin/sh netsentinel
su -c "/usr/bin/wineboot" -s /bin/sh netsentinel
su -c "/usr/lib/wine/wineserver -k" -s /bin/sh netsentinel
  • the netsentinel user needs to own /dev/parport0
  • the netsentinel user needs to own /opt/netsentinel/.wine – but does not necessarily need write permissions. I did this: chown -R root:root /opt/netsentinel/.wine && chown netsentinel /opt/netsentinel/.wine && chmod 555 /opt/netsentinel/.wine
computer/netsentinel_license_server_under_wine.1272880109.txt.gz · Last modified: 2010/05/03 04:48 by tdobes
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