NFARM for Mac – Configuration and Troubleshooting

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Overview of NFARM for Mac

Beginning with OES2018 SP2, NFARM for Mac allows performing trustee management and quota management for AD users from MacOS.  The following are the functionalities:-

  • Manage Trustee rights, inherited rights filter, and view effective rights.
  • View trustees with rights from the selected path and sub directories or parent directories.
  • Quota management for users
  • Manage NSS attributes, directory quota, and ownership
  • Manage deleted files 

NFARM Installation

Prerequisite:          

  • Join OES2018SP2 server and MAC client to same Active Directory Domain
  • Make sure that the CIFS share is AD enabled

Installing NFARM:

Download 'NFARM installer for Mac' from OES2018SP2 server.

  • Go To -> OES Server Welcome page -> Client Software.
  • Download, Launch the installer and proceed.
  • Once installation is done, Check System Preferences -> Extensions.
  • New extensions (FileRightsInfo and Salvage Purge) added under ‘All’. (Figure 1)
  • Finder Extensions should be enabled

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Pre-requisites for launching NFARM

  • Map your CIFS share using the host name as an AD user. Go to Finder -> Go -> Connect to Server
  • Save the credentials in keychain (Figure 2). NFARM uses the mapped-in user’s credentials stored in the keychain to mount ‘IPC$’ and ‘_admin’ to interact with the OES server (Figure 3).

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  • Relaunch Finder  OR  Execute  following commands from terminal
    • pluginkit –a /Applications/FileRightsInfo.app/Contents/PlugIns/FileRightsMenu.appex

    • pluginkit –a /Applications/SalvagePurge.app/Contents/Plugins/FinderSyncContextMenu.appex

  • Go to mapped volume -> Right click of any folder-> Select ‘Deleted Files'  OR
  • Go to mapped volume -> Right click of any folder-> Select 'Rights Management' (Figure 4)

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Now, you are all set to explore the functionalities of new NFARM for Mac (Figure 5).

Logs:

You can find NFARM logs on MAC in the below mentioned location:-

  • Application log location - /Users/<username>/Library/Logs/nfarm/<application_name>.log
  • Crash Reports - /Users/<username>/Library/Logs/DiagnosticReports/
  • Run-time logs - Launch Console.app

 

NFARM for MAC – Troubleshooting Tips!!

1) 'Rights Management' or ‘Deleted Files’ Menu Not Available

To resolve this issue:

  • Click System Preferences > Extensions.
  • Verify the new extensions - FileRightsInfo and SalvagePurge are available under the ‘All’ option.
  • Ensure that the Finder extensions are enabled.

2) Unable to view Trustees in Trustee Rights or User Quotas

To resolve this issue:

  • Check for credentials saved in the keychain.
  • Modify and save the credential of the server in the Keychain if required.

3) Error Message – “Connection to AD Failed” or Not able to view the Users and/or Groups in AD browser

To resolve this issue:

  • Check if there is any issue with the AD connection
  • Example - Directory Utility -> Directory Editor -> Select “/Active Directory/<ad domain name>” in nodes. Should list all the users/groups

4) Unable to view ‘Rights Management’ menu or ‘Deleted Files’ menu on Right click of a folder after resolving DFS junction.

To resolve this issue:     

  • Relaunch Finder  OR  Execute  following commands from terminal

            pluginkit –a /Applications/FileRightsInfo.app/Contents/PlugIns/FileRightsMenu.appex/

            pluginkit -a  /Applications/SalvagePurge.app/Contents/Plugins/FinderSyncContextMenu.appex

5) NFARM Terminated Unexpectedly

    If the NFARM application crashes, unmount the IPC$ and _admin volumes (if it exists) and restart the application.

  • To verify, execute the command ‘df –h’.
  • umount –f /Volumes/IPC$
  • umount –f /Volumes/_admin

For more information, please refer OES 2018 SP2documentation , NFARM .

You can also find some cool solutions on NFARM on Windows and NFARM on MAC

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  • Overview of NFARM for Mac

    Beginning with OES2018 SP2, NFARM for Mac allows performing trustee management and quota management for AD users from Mac OS.  The following are the functionalities:-

    • Manage Trustee rights, inherited rights filter, and view effective rights.
    • View trustees with rights from the selected path and sub directories or parent directories.
    • Quota management for users
    • Manage NSS attributes, directory quota, and ownership
    • Manage deleted files 

    NFARM Installation

    Prerequisite:          

    • Join OES2018SP2 server and MAC client to same Active Directory Domain
    • Make sure that the CIFS share is AD enabled

    Installing NFARM:

    Download 'NFARM installer for Mac' from OES2018SP2 server.

    • Go To -> OES Server Welcome page -> Client Software.
    • Download, Launch the installer and proceed.
    • Once installation is done, Check System Preferences -> Extensions.
    • New extensions (FileRightsInfo and Salvage Purge) added under ‘All’. (Figure 1)

    AnupamaPoonkavanam_0-1593601985452.png

    Figure1: New Extensions under System Preferences -> Extensions

    • Finder Extensions should be enabled

    Pre-requisites for launching NFARM

    • Map your CIFS share using the hostname as an AD user. Go to Finder -> Go -> Connect to Server
    • Save the credentials in Keychain (Figure 2). NFARM uses the mapped-in user’s credentials stored in the keychain to mount ‘IPC$’ and ‘_admin’ to interact with the OES server (Figure 3).

    AnupamaPoonkavanam_1-1593601985492.png

        Figure2: Storing server credential to keychain

    AnupamaPoonkavanam_2-1593601985539.png

    Figure3: Permission to access required credential in keychain

    • Relaunch Finder  OR  Execute  following commands from terminal

    pluginkit –a /Applications/FileRightsInfo.app/Contents/PlugIns/FileRightsMenu.appex

    pluginkit –a /Applications/SalvagePurge.app/Contents/Plugins/FinderSyncContextMenu.appex

    • Go to mapped volume -> Right click of any folder-> Select ‘Deleted Files'  OR
    • Go to mapped volume -> Right click of any folder-> Select 'Rights Management' (Figure 4)

    Figure4: Finder Extensions

     Figure5: Landing page for ‘Rights Management’

    Now, you are all set to explore the functionalities of new NFARM for Mac (Figure 5).

    Logs:

          You can find NFARM logs on MAC in the below mentioned location:-

    • Application log location - /Users/<username>/Library/Logs/nfarm/<application_name>.log
    • Crash Reports - /Users/<username>/Library/Logs/DiagnosticReports/
    • Run-time logs - Launch Console.app

     

    NFARM for MAC – Troubleshooting Tips!!

    • 'Rights Management' or ‘Deleted Files’ Menu Not Available

     

    To resolve this issue:

    • Click System Preferences > Extensions.
    • Verify the new extensions - FileRightsInfo and SalvagePurge are available under the ‘All’ option.
    • Ensure that the Finder extensions are enabled.

     

    • Unable to view Trustees in Trustee Rights or User Quotas

    To resolve this issue:

    • Check for credentials saved in the keychain.
    • Modify and save the credential of the server in the Keychain if required.
    • Error Message – “Connection to AD Failed” or Not able to view the Users and/or Groups in AD browser

    To resolve this issue:

    • Check if there is any issue with the AD connection
    • Example - Directory Utility -> Directory Editor -> Select “/Active Directory/<ad domain name>” in nodes. Should list all the users/groups
    • NFARM Terminated Unexpectedly

    If the NFARM application crashes, unmount the IPC$ and _admin volumes (if it exists) and      restart the application.

    • To verify, execute the command ‘df –h’.
    • umount –f /Volumes/IPC$
    • umount –f /Volumes/_admin

     

    • Unable to view ‘Rights Management’ menu or ‘Deleted Files’ menu on Right click of a folder after resolving DFS junction.

    To resolve this issue:     

    • Relaunch Finder  OR  Execute  following commands from terminal

    pluginkit –a /Applications/FileRightsInfo.app/Contents/PlugIns/FileRightsMenu.appex/ 

    pluginkit -a                    /Applications/SalvagePurge.app/Contents/Plugins/FinderSyncContextMenu.appex

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  • Overview of NFARM for Mac

    Beginning with OES2018 SP2, NFARM for Mac allows performing trustee management and quota management for AD users from Mac OS.  The following are the functionalities:-

    • Manage Trustee rights, inherited rights filter, and view effective rights.
    • View trustees with rights from the selected path and sub directories or parent directories.
    • Quota management for users
    • Manage NSS attributes, directory quota, and ownership
    • Manage deleted files 

    NFARM Installation

    Prerequisite:          

    • Join OES2018SP2 server and MAC client to same Active Directory Domain
    • Make sure that the CIFS share is AD enabled

    Installing NFARM:

    Download 'NFARM installer for Mac' from OES2018SP2 server.

    • Go To -> OES Server Welcome page -> Client Software.
    • Download, Launch the installer and proceed.
    • Once installation is done, Check System Preferences -> Extensions.
    • New extensions (FileRightsInfo and Salvage Purge) added under ‘All’. (Figure 1)

    AnupamaPoonkavanam_0-1593601985452.png

    Figure1: New Extensions under System Preferences -> Extensions

    • Finder Extensions should be enabled

    Pre-requisites for launching NFARM

    • Map your CIFS share using the hostname as an AD user. Go to Finder -> Go -> Connect to Server
    • Save the credentials in Keychain (Figure 2). NFARM uses the mapped-in user’s credentials stored in the keychain to mount ‘IPC$’ and ‘_admin’ to interact with the OES server (Figure 3).

    AnupamaPoonkavanam_1-1593601985492.png

        Figure2: Storing server credential to keychain

    AnupamaPoonkavanam_2-1593601985539.png

    Figure3: Permission to access required credential in keychain

    • Relaunch Finder  OR  Execute  following commands from terminal

    pluginkit –a /Applications/FileRightsInfo.app/Contents/PlugIns/FileRightsMenu.appex

    pluginkit –a /Applications/SalvagePurge.app/Contents/Plugins/FinderSyncContextMenu.appex

    • Go to mapped volume -> Right click of any folder-> Select ‘Deleted Files'  OR
    • Go to mapped volume -> Right click of any folder-> Select 'Rights Management' (Figure 4)

    Figure4: Finder Extensions

     Figure5: Landing page for ‘Rights Management’

    Now, you are all set to explore the functionalities of new NFARM for Mac (Figure 5).

    Logs:

          You can find NFARM logs on MAC in the below mentioned location:-

    • Application log location - /Users/<username>/Library/Logs/nfarm/<application_name>.log
    • Crash Reports - /Users/<username>/Library/Logs/DiagnosticReports/
    • Run-time logs - Launch Console.app

     

    NFARM for MAC – Troubleshooting Tips!!

    • 'Rights Management' or ‘Deleted Files’ Menu Not Available

     

    To resolve this issue:

    • Click System Preferences > Extensions.
    • Verify the new extensions - FileRightsInfo and SalvagePurge are available under the ‘All’ option.
    • Ensure that the Finder extensions are enabled.

     

    • Unable to view Trustees in Trustee Rights or User Quotas

    To resolve this issue:

    • Check for credentials saved in the keychain.
    • Modify and save the credential of the server in the Keychain if required.
    • Error Message – “Connection to AD Failed” or Not able to view the Users and/or Groups in AD browser

    To resolve this issue:

    • Check if there is any issue with the AD connection
    • Example - Directory Utility -> Directory Editor -> Select “/Active Directory/<ad domain name>” in nodes. Should list all the users/groups
    • NFARM Terminated Unexpectedly

    If the NFARM application crashes, unmount the IPC$ and _admin volumes (if it exists) and      restart the application.

    • To verify, execute the command ‘df –h’.
    • umount –f /Volumes/IPC$
    • umount –f /Volumes/_admin

     

    • Unable to view ‘Rights Management’ menu or ‘Deleted Files’ menu on Right click of a folder after resolving DFS junction.

    To resolve this issue:     

    • Relaunch Finder  OR  Execute  following commands from terminal

    pluginkit –a /Applications/FileRightsInfo.app/Contents/PlugIns/FileRightsMenu.appex/ 

    pluginkit -a                    /Applications/SalvagePurge.app/Contents/Plugins/FinderSyncContextMenu.appex

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