Run Sentinel Control Center on Snow Leopard for fun & profit

Run Sentinel Control Center on Snow Leopard for fun & profit

Sentinel Control Center is a pretty standard java app and although it is not officially supported on the Mac, it can be run natively on Snow Leopard.

Here is how:

  1. Install Control Center (for Windows, I tried the Linux version but it didn't work) on a PC (or VM) or directly on the mac by using WINE.

  2. install all of the latest patches.

  3. copy the folder containing the Control Center's installation (usually located in c:\program files\novell\sentinel6) somewhere on your Mac

  4. unzip and copy the attached file in the bin directory of the folder that you just copied.

  5. open your favorite terminal app, cd into the bin folder, and run

  6. login and enjoy!

If everything is working you can even delete the "jre" directory from the folder, since control center is now running with your mac's java environment instead of the one provided by Novell.

As an added bonus, I've specified "sentinelhost" as the server's hostname during the install, that way I can connect to different hosts just by editing my /etc/hosts file.

I've tested this with both Sentinel and Sentinel-RD and so far I haven't noticed any problems.

There should also be a way to package the entire app in one java bundle by using the "Jar" that comes with Xcode, but I haven't been able to do this successfully...maybe somebody else can give it a shot!

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When I tried installing control center with Sentinel 6.1 I kept getting an error on startup about loading default font:
Error loading default font, please ensure that arialuni.ttf is in the lib/fonts directory of the JRE. Program cannot proceed.; Exception Font Arial Unicode MS could not be loaded.; java.awt.FontFormatException;"

OS X comes with "Arial Unicaode MS" installed, but not in the java directory. so I copied it from: /[root]/Library/Fonts/arialuni.ttf
to: /[root]/System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.Framework/Versions/1.6.0/Home/lib/fonts

then it would start right up.

hope it helps

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