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Volume Resize for NetWare
Portlock Software
Copyright (c) 2000-2001 Portlock Software. All rights reserved.

Release Notes
Production Release 1.31
August 19, 2001


  1. Overview.
  2. Installation and Removal.
  3. What's New in Release 1.31?
  4. Known Issues.
  5. Command Line Options.
  6. Additional Information and Support.

1. Overview

Volume Resize for NetWare is a comprehensive tool for resizing NetWare volumes and volume segments.

The following versions of Novell NetWare are supported:

  • Novell NetWare 3.12 and 3.20
  • Novell NetWare 4.11 and 4.20
  • Novell NetWare 5.0, 5.1 and Small Business Suite 5.1
  • Novell NetWare 6.0 Build 810

Supported Novell NetWare volume features include:

  • Single-segment volumes.
  • Multi-segment volumes.
  • Mirrored partitions.
  • NetWare Partition Hotfix.
  • Block Suballocation.
  • Compression.
  • DOS, LONG, MAC, NFS Name Spaces.
  • DSK (NWIO) Device Drivers.
  • HAM (NWPA) Device Drivers.

Unsupported Features:

  • Volumes with Data Migration enabled.
  • FTAM Name Space
  • Novell NetWare NSS volumes.

Note: NSS volume support will be available soon. Please visit our web site to obtain beta copies of our software supporting NSS: http://www.portlock.com/beta/index.htm

2. Installation and Removal.


This software is packaged as a zip file. Create a temporary directory on your system and unzip the files. This software does not require an installation before use. However, there are three supported installation methods:

Method 1:

Installation using INSTALL.NLM (NW 3 & 4) or NWCONFIG.NLM (NW 5). Copy the files either to a floppy diskette or to a temporary directory on your server. Using INSTALL.NLM or NWCONFIG.NLM select "Product Options". Then select "Install a product not listed".

Method 2:

Create the directory SYS:/RESIZE. Copy the files to the SYS:/RESIZE directory on your server. The software can also be copied to any directory on your server.

Method 3:

Installation using PINSTALL.NLM. From the server console type: "load a:pinstall.nlm" if the files are on a floppy diskette, or "load <path>/pinstall.nlm" if the files are on a directory on the server.

The default installation directory is SYS:/RESIZE.

To execute the software type: "load sys:/resize/resize" at the server console.

See the command line options section below.


To remove the software, use INSTALL.NLM (NW 4) or NWCONFIG.NLM (NW 5). Select "Product Options". Then select "View/Configure/Remove installed products". Then select RESIZE and press delete.

To uninstall for NetWare 3, you will need to manually delete the directory and its contents: SYS:/RESIZE.

3. What's New in Release 1.31?

New Features:

  1. Update Command. The software can now connect to our web server to download and install updated versions.
  2. Added support for NetWare 6.
  3. Added support for NetWare 6 Master Partition Tables.
  4. After a volume resize, VREPAIR is no longer executed.

Bugs Fixed:

  1. The option to move the starting position of a volume is now supported. Previously the software would only move the ending position of a volume if the volume was made smaller.
  2. When resizing a volume smaller, and the user cancelled the resize, only the Primary Directory Table was defragmented. The software will now defragment both the Primary and Secondary Directory Tables if a resize operation is interrupted.
  3. When displaying the Volume Resize dialog box, the software would ignore the free block count previously calculated during Volume Check, and would recount the free blocks on a volume. This would cause a long delay on very large volumes.
  4. If a volume was made of a combination of very small segments and very large segments and the total number of segments was greater than 20 the FAT table would be written to the wrong locations on the volume. The volume would mount and there would be no data corruption, however, VREPAIR would complain and move the FAT tables to the correct location.
  5. If a volume had more than 20 segments, the window to select which segment to resize would not display.
  6. If a volume had more than 20 segments and one or more segments were missing, an error dialog box would be displayed that was larger than the screen size.

What's New in Release 1.30?

New Features:

  1. The software now detects and displays information about NSS volumes. Resize operations on NSS volumes are not supported in this release.
  2. Better install integration for NetWare 4 and 5. Supports uninstall for NetWare 4 and 5 via INSTALL.NLM or NWCONFIG.NLM.
  3. Default installation directory changed from SYS:/SYSTEM to SYS:/RESIZE.

Bugs Fixed:

  1. If there was not enough free space on a volume to extend the FAT tables during a volume size increase, an error was reported. The software now detects this condition and allows the changing of the new volume size before the resize starts.
  2. If the difference in resize was large enough (5 MB -> 500 GB) the software would fail to resize the volume.

What's New in Release 1.28?

This is a major update to our software. Extensive support has been added to support disk drives that have media errors and redirected data blocks.

The software will continue to resize a volume that has media problems.

New Features:

  1. For NetWare 3.x and 4.x, allows the selection of either the NWPA (HAM) interface or the NWIO (DSK) interface. Previous version only used the NWPA interface for NetWare 5.x.
  2. NetWare partitions with redirected data blocks is now supported. Previous versions would not allow resizing of volumes that had NetWare partitions with redirected data blocks.
  3. Improved performance. For some disk drives 2x faster.
  4. Added "Volume Delete" command.
  5. Added support for resizing volumes larger by moving the volume start.

Bugs Fixed:

  1. The software would appear to hang when reading a disk drive that failed on a disk read or disk write. NetWare would stop the I/O queue to the disk drive. The software will now restart the I/O queue on read or write failures.
  2. For IDE disk drives, the software would sometimes not detect LBA mode correctly. This would cause the software to report partition errors.
  3. A bug in the "Volume Check" command would sometimes detect an error with the FAT table for volumes with the MAC name space.

4. Known Issues

Known issues with this version:

  • The product does not insert a product message into the "Installed Products" screen of install.nlm for NetWare 3.
  • No uninstall for NetWare 3.x.
    Solution: manually delete the directory SYS:/RESIZE.
  • Resize cannot move the starting position of a multi-segment volume.

5. Command Line Options

This version supports a number of command line options that can be used to modify the behavior of the software.

Command Syntax:

resize <VolumeName> [options]

The VolumeName parameter specifies the name of the NetWare volume.

The following are valid command line options:


Display the help screen. All other options will be ignored.


This option creates a file on either a NetWare volume or a file located on the DOS partition. This option allows for the status of a volume resize to be logged. The output will overwrite the file.


After a resize is complete, do not defragment the directory tables.

6. Additional Information and Support

Please visit our web site to obtain additional documents on Novell NetWare and volume resizing: www.Portlock.com/documents/index.htm.

For technical support send email to: support@Portlock.com.

For sales support send email to: sales@Portlock.com.

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