a new install of oes sles9 sp2

iscsi and san set shared
iscsi and novell-ncs on

when creating the pool from nssmu the result is

Error 20889 Error cluster enabling the pool.

i have deleted the pools, and manually the associated files
in /etc/opt/novell/ncs/

i get a similar message when creating pools from imanager
i can manually activate the pool, but get further errors when creatinga volume.

when i use imanager and attempt to manage the cluster i get
Error: File Protocol error occurred: cannot open the NCS version file on
the selected cluster. The Cluster software may not currently be running on
this server.

okay i assume that the NCS version file is written on the partition
cluster.sbd on the san

sdbutil -f reports the mount
stoping and restarting the service results
Cluster psycluster
this node nw [epoch 0 master node nw]
cluster nodes [nw]

so this indicates it is running to me
but i get the same error from imanager>>clusters>>cluster manager

any ideas how to fix this