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SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED 10) Network Guide
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4.1 NetworkManager

Some common problems related to NetworkManager include the applet not starting, a missing VPN option, and issues with SCPM.

4.1.1 NetworkManager Desktop Applet Does Not Start

Both the KDE and GNOME desktop applets should start automatically if the network is setup to be controlled by NetworkManager. If that does not happen for some reason, make sure that the appropriate packages are installed: NetworkManager-gnome for the GNOME desktop or NetworkManager-kde for the KDE desktop.

If the desktop applet is installed but is not running for some reason (perhaps you quit it accidentally), you can start it manually. To start the applet manually, follow these steps:

  1. Press Alt F2 .

  2. If you are using GNOME, enter nm-applet.

    If you are using KDE, enter knetworkmanager.

  3. Press Run.

4.1.2 NetworkManager Applet Does Not Include the VPN Option

NetworkManager, applets and VPN support for NetworkManager are distributed in separate packages. If your NetworkManager applet does not include the VPN option, check if the package with NetworkManager support for your VPN technology is installed.

VPN support is included in following packages:

  • NovellVPN—package NetworkManager-novellvpn
  • OpenVPN—package NetworkManager-openvpn
  • vpnc (Cisco)—package NetworkManager-vpns

4.1.3 SCPM Does Not Switch the Network Configuration

You are probably using SCPM together with NetworkManager. NetworkManager is not currently able to work with SCPM profiles. If you want to use SCPM and NetworkManager at the same time, disable the network resource in the SCPM configuration. Find information about how to do this in Section 2.1, NetworkManager and SCPM.

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