IDM v3.5.1 and eDirectory 8.7.3.9 running on NetWare 6.5

GWise 7.03HP1 and Connected System/Remote Loader installed on SLES10SP1
#> cat /etc/opt/novell/dirxml/rdxml/gwise_remoteloader.conf
-description "GroupWise Remote Loader"
-commandport 8000
-connection "port=8090"
-trace 3
-tracefile /data/idm/logs/gwise_remoteloader.log
-tracefilemax 25M
-class com.novell.gw.dirxml.driver.gw.GWdriverShim

I start the remote loader on the SLES box like this:
#> /etc/init.d/rdxml start

I then start the driver on the NetWare box, and I see this in the trace:
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GW-HealthFirst ST:
DirXML Log Event -------------------
Driver: \HEALTH_FIRST\HF\SERVICES\DirXML\IDM2-DriverSet\GW-HealthFirst
Channel: Subscriber
Status: Retry
Message: Code(-9006) The driver returned a "retry" status indicating that
the operation should be retried later. Detail from driver: No connection
to remote loader
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On the SLES box, I see this:
#> tail -f -n 1000 /data/idm/logs/gwise_remoteloader.log
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DirXML: [09/05/08 08:52:30.68]: TRACE: Remote Loader: Opening
connection...
DirXML: [09/05/08 08:54:29.34]: TRACE: Remote Loader: Connection
established...
DirXML: [09/05/08 08:54:29.34]: TRACE: Remote Loader: Waiting for
receive...
DirXML: [09/05/08 08:54:29.39]: TRACE: Remote Loader: Received.
DirXML: [09/05/08 08:54:29.40]: TRACE: <handshake version="1.0">
<password><!-- content suppressed --></password>
</handshake>
DirXML: [09/05/08 08:54:29.40]: TRACE: Remote Loader: Received document
for subscriber channel
DirXML: [09/05/08 08:54:29.45]: TRACE: Remote Loader: Closing
connection...
DirXML: [09/05/08 08:54:29.47]: TRACE: Remote Loader: Connection closed
DirXML: [09/05/08 08:54:29.47]: TRACE: Remote Loader:
java.lang.NullPointerException
DirXML: [09/05/08 08:54:29.47]: TRACE: Remote Loader: Waiting for DirXML
to connect on 'TCP server socket, port 8090, address localhost'...
DirXML: [09/05/08 08:54:29.47]: TRACE: Remote Loader: Opening
connection...
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What did I miss? I tried to give as much detail as possible, but if I
left something out please let me know. Not sure why I'm getting the:
"TRACE: Remote Loader: java.lang.NullPointerException" error.

Thanks,
-DB