Volume Resize for NetWare
Copyright (c) 2000-2001 Portlock Software. All rights reserved.
Production Release 1.31
August 19, 2001
- Installation and Removal.
- What's New in Release 1.31?
- Known Issues.
- Command Line Options.
- Additional Information and Support.
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.
- DOS, LONG, MAC, NFS Name Spaces.
- DSK (NWIO) Device Drivers.
- HAM (NWPA) Device Drivers.
- 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
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".
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
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?
- Update Command. The software can now connect to our web server to download
and install updated versions.
- Added support for NetWare 6.
- Added support for NetWare 6 Master Partition Tables.
- After a volume resize, VREPAIR is no longer executed.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- If a volume had more than 20 segments, the window to select which segment
to resize would not display.
- 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
What's New in Release 1.30?
- The software now detects and displays information about NSS volumes.
Resize operations on NSS volumes are not supported in this release.
- Better install integration for NetWare 4 and 5. Supports uninstall for
NetWare 4 and 5 via INSTALL.NLM or NWCONFIG.NLM.
- Default installation directory changed from SYS:/SYSTEM to SYS:/RESIZE.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Improved performance. For some disk drives 2x faster.
- Added "Volume Delete" command.
- Added support for resizing volumes larger by moving the volume start.
- 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
- For IDE disk drives, the software would sometimes not detect LBA mode
correctly. This would cause the software to report partition errors.
- 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.
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.