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Storage Manager for Novell NetWare
Portlock Software
www.Portlock.com
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Copyright (c) 2000-2002 Portlock Software. All rights reserved.
Release Notes
Release 3.01
September 3, 2002

CONTENTS

  1. Overview.

  2. Installation and Removal.

  3. What's New in Release 3.01.

  4. Known Issues.

  5. Command Line Options.

  6. Software Updates.

  7. Reporting problems to us.

  8. Additional Information and Support.

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1. Overview

Storage Manager for Novell NetWare is a comprehensive tool for managing storage on Novell NetWare servers. Storage Manager executes under MS-DOS and Novell NetWare 3.x thru 6.0.

The following versions of Novell NetWare are supported:

  • Novell NetWare 3.12 and 3.20

  • Novell NetWare 4.10, 4.11 and 4.20

  • Novell NetWare 5.0, 5.1 and Small Business Suite 5.1

  • Novell NetWare 6.0

Note: NetWare 3.11 is not supported.

The following versions of DOS are supported:

  • MS-DOS 6.22 - Recommended for running stormgr.exe

  • MS-DOS 7.x - (Window 95/98 DOS) Recommended for running stormgr.exe

  • DR-DOS 7.02 - NOT recommended for running stormgr.exe

Note: MS-DOS 6.22 or DR-DOS 7.x is fine for running Storage Manager on NetWare as DOS does not affect Storage Manager on NetWare.

Supported Diagnostic Partition features include:

  • Copy Compaq, Dell and IBM Diagnostic partitions.

  • Delete Compaq, Dell and IBM Diagnostic partitions.

  • Image and Restore Compaq, Dell and IBM Diagnostic partitions.
     

Supported DOS Partition features include:

  • Copy DOS FAT16 partitions.

  • Delete DOS FAT16 partitions.

  • Create DOS FAT16 partitions in either MS-DOS or DR-DOS format.

  • Hide DOS FAT16 partitions.

  • Image and Restore DOS FAT16 partitions.

  • Unhide DOS FAT16 partitions.
     

Supported Novell NetWare partition features:

  • Copy NetWare partitions.

  • Create NetWare partitions.

  • Delete NetWare partitions.

  • Hide NetWare partitions.

  • Move NetWare partitions.

  • Resize NetWare partitions.

  • Unhide NetWare partitions.

  • Upgrade NW 3 and NW 4 partitions to the new NW 5 format.
     

Supported Novell NetWare volume features include:

  • Image and Restore NetWare volumes.

  • Copy, clone and resize NetWare volumes.

  • Single-segment volumes.

  • Multi-segment volumes.

  • Mirrored partitions.

  • NetWare Partition Hotfix.

  • Block Suballocation.

  • Compression.

  • DOS, LONG, MAC, NFS Name Spaces.

  • DSK Device Drivers.

  • HAM (NWPA) Device Drivers.
     

Supported Novell NSS partition features:

  • Create NSS partitions.Delete NSS partitions.

  • Hide NSS partitions.

  • Resize NSS type 1 (Non-Storage Group) partitions.

  • Resize NSS type 2 (Storage Group) partitions.

  • Image and Restore NSS partitions.

  • Unhide NSS partitions.
     

Supported Novell NSS volume features include:

  • Copy, clone and resize NSS Type 1 volumes.

  • Copy, and clone NSS Type 2 volumes.

  • Copy an NSS Non-Storage Group volume to a Storage Group volume.

  • Copy an NSS Storage Group volume to a Non-Storage Group volume.

  • Image and Restore NSS volumes.
     

Image Manager:

  • Image a server to a tape drive or file on a different NetWare server.

  • Restore a server from a tape drive or file on a different NetWare server.
     

Unsupported Features:

  • Volumes with Data Migration enabled.

  • FTAM Name Space.

  • Video Monitors

Note: Storage Manger does not support monochrome monitors. Color VGA mode is required for both the video adapter and the monitor.

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2. Installation and Removal.

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Installation for NetWare:

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:
 

  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".

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

  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:/STORMGR.

To execute the software type: "load sys:/stormgr/stormgr" 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 STORMGR and press delete.

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

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Installation for DOS:

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.

  1. Copy the following files to a floppy: - stormgr.exe or stormgrv.exe (see below)
            - stormgr.nlm
            - stormgr.lic
            - tcpipn.nlm (Supports TCP/IP with the Novell Client for DOS)

  2. The DOS software supports IDE, EIDE, SCSI, and Fibre Channel devices. For SCSI devices an ASPI device driver needs to be loaded.

  3. On some systems, himem.sys may need to be loaded. Use the Storage Manager command line option "-memtest" to verify if all physical memory can be seen from Storage Manager when running under DOS.

To execute the software type: "stormgr" at the DOS prompt. The stormgr module will load, detect available disk drives, and then execute the module stormgr.nlm. To enable DOS support for TCP/IP, add the command line option -tcpip.

The module stormgr.exe behaves like a NetWare console. This module enables software written for NetWare servers to load under MS-DOS.

See the command line options section below.

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3. What's New in Release 3.01 (Aug-25-2002)

This section has been moved to the file history.txt

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4. Known Issues

There are no known bugs in the software except for those listed in the What's New section for this product version.

This version does have the following limitations (by design):

  • Volumes with FTAM Name Space are not supported.

  • Volumes with Data Migration enabled are not supported.

  • The software supports a maximum of 64 logical disk drives per server.
     

Note:  a RAID-5 array appears as one logical disk drive to NetWare.

The software supports a maximum of 256 NetWare partitions per server.

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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: stormgr [options]

The following are valid command line options:

-help

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

-cmd=filename

This options specifies a file to be processed for commands. This option turns on Storage Manager Scripting. (Not currently available).

-logfile=filename


This option creates a file on either a NetWare volume or a file located on the DOS partition to store status and error information from Storage Manager.

-memtest (DOS only)

This option will cause Storage Manager to report how much memory could be allocated when running under DOS. By adding or removing himem.sys the best memory allocation strategy can be found.

-nodefrag

After a resize is complete, do not defragment the directory tables. Resizing a volume normally involves moving the FAT and directory tables. The directory tables are then fragmented after a resize. The software will then defragment the directory tables after a resize to improve volume performance.

-nwio

The software supports using either the older NetWare NWIO (DSK) I/O subsystem interface and the newer NWPA (HAM) interface. This command line option specifies to use the older NWIO (DSK) interface.

Note: This option is not available on NetWare 5.x servers.

-nwpa

The software supports using either the older NetWare NWIO (DSK) I/O subsystem interface and the newer NWPA (HAM) interface. This command line option specifies to use the newer NWPA (HAM) interface.

Note: This option is not available on NetWare 3.x servers unless the NWPA update package has been installed. This is the only interface available for NetWare 5.x servers.

-os=version

This option sets the version of NetWare that Storage Manager emulates when running under DOS. Valid versions are 3, 4, and 5.

-port=<tcpip port number>

This option changes the TCP/IP Port number used for TCP/IP communications. By default, Storage Manager uses port 19000. Both the sending and receiving processes must use the same port number.

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6. Software Updates

Storage Manager supports updating itself over the Internet. The update feature will connect to our web server and retrieve a file that lists the latest files. No information about your server or software is sent to our web server. We use the HTTP "GET" command for all software downloads.

An error message will sometimes occur about not being able to resolve the address www.portlock.com. This is fixed by loading the Novell NLM netdb.nlm which provides the DNS name resolution that Storage Manager needs. As a fallback we have hard coded the IP address of our web server into Storage Manager.

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7. Reporting problems to us.

Portlock Software is very interested in any comments regarding Storage Manager. Many features in the current product are the result of customers letting us know what they need.

When reporting a problem to us, use the command line option -logfile to help us identify the problem.

stormgr -logfile=filename

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8. Additional Information and Support.


Please visit our web site to obtain addition documents on Novell NetWare and Storage Manager: 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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