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Portlock Linux Boot CD

Latest Update: March 14, 2006

Introduction

The Portlock Linux Boot CD is a bootable CD-ROM that contains Portlock Storage Manager in various configurations for installation / execution for DOS, Linux, NetWare and Windows. Portlock Storage Manager can then be used to manage storage on DOS, Linux, NetWare and Windows systems.

You can also insert the CD into a system running a Windows or Linux system to  view Portlock Storage Manager product information or to install onto your Windows desktop.

This CD contains preconfigured versions of Portlock Storage Manager for DOS, Linux and NetWare. To run the desired version, insert this CD in your CD-ROM drive, and change directories to the desired product. For example, to run the DOS version, go to \products\stormgr\dos and execute stormgr.exe. To run the NetWare version, mount the CD-ROM in your server and type "PORTLOCK:/STORMGR" at the server console (this is an NCF file which automatically loads from Portlock Storage Manager from PORTLOCK:/PRODUCTS/STORMGR/NETWARE).

News Flash: Portlock Storage Manager 3.35 now supports Online Imaging

June 30, 2005. Portlock Storage Manager version 3.35 now supports Online Imaging of NetWare 6.5 servers. By combining Novell's Snapshot technology with Portlock's Imaging technology, NetWare 6.5 servers can now be imaged while NSS volumes are mounted and active. Download Version 3.35.

For more information about the Linux version of Portlock Storage Manager

News Flash (October 11, 2004):

Portlock Storage Manager is being ported to the PowerPC platform. This means that Portlock Software will be the only company with storage management and disaster recovery products support Linux, Mac OS X, NetWare and Windows for both the Intel and IBM processor platforms. We plan to support the following systems:

  • Mac OS X
  • RedHat Linux for PPC
  • SuSE Linux for PPC
  • Yellow Dog Linux for PPC

March 24, 2005 - Portlock Linux Boot CD updated.

  • Supports booting from USB CDs and DVDs.

  • Improved support for USB devices.

  • Improved support for Compaq Proliant servers.

  • Added SATA drive support.

  • Added QLogic Fibre Channel adapter support.

  • Preliminary support for Iomega's REV drive including booting from the REV drive (USB and SCSI models).

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Installation for execution under Linux only

Create a directory, for example, /STORMGR. Mount the CD-ROM, for example, mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom. Copy all of the files from the CD-ROM directory "/mnt/cdrom/PRODUCTS/STORMGR/LINUX" to /STORMGR. To execute Portlock Storage Manager, execute the file "stormgr". Note: The current directory needs to be the same as the file "stormgr".

Installation for execution under DOS only

Create a directory, for example, C:\STORMGR. Copy all of the files from the CD-ROM directory "Q:\PRODUCTS\STORMGR\DOS" to C:\STORMGR. To execute Portlock Storage Manager, execute the file "stormgr.exe". Note: The current directory needs to be the same as the file "stormgr.exe".

Installation for execution under DOS or NetWare

Boot to DOS. Create a directory, for example, C:\STORMGR. Copy all of the files from the CD-ROM directory "\PRODUCTS\STORMGR\NETWARE" to C:\STORMGR. To execute Portlock Storage Manager from DOS, execute the file "stormgr.exe" for DOS or stormgr.nlm for NetWare. Note: The current directory needs to be the same as the file "stormgr.exe" for DOS.

Installation for execution under NetWare

NetWare 3.x or 4.x

  1. Mount the CD-ROM under NetWare.
  2. Launch PINSTALL.NLM to begin the installation: load "PORTLOCK:/PRODUCTS/STORMGR/NETWARE/PINSTALL"
  3. Follow the installation prompts.

NetWare 5.x or 6.x

  1. Mount the CD-ROM under NetWare.
  2. Launch NWCONFIG: "load nwconfig".
  3. Select "Product Options".
  4. Select "Install a product not listed".
  5. Press the <F3> key.
  6. Enter the path to the installation files: "PORTLOCK:/PRODUCTS/STORMGR/NETWARE"
  7. Follow the installation prompts.

Manual Installation from Windows

  1. Insert the CD-ROM into your Windows CD drive.
  2. Map a driver letter from your desktop to your NetWare server (for example, drive S:)
  3. Create a directory, for example, S:\STORMGR
  4. Copy all of the files from \PRODUCTS\STORMGR\NETWARE to S:\STORMGR

To execute Portlock Storage Manager on your NetWare server after installation

  1. Type "load SYS:/STORMGR/STORMGR" at the server console.

To execute Portlock Storage Manager on your NetWare server from the CD-ROM

  1. Mount the CD-ROM under NetWare.
  2. Type "PORTLOCK:/STORMGR" at the server console.

To execute Portlock Storage Manager on your NetWare server from the CD-ROM (from DOS)

  1. Insert the CD-ROM into your CD drive.
  2. Change driver letters to your CD drive, for example, Q:
  3. Change directories to Q:/PRODUCTS/STORMGR/DOS
  4. Type "stormgr" at the DOS prompt.

Known problems or limitations that will be corrected / added / enhanced:

  1. Portlock Storage Manager might not execute on early versions of Linux as Portlock Storage Manager for Linux is compiled under Red Hat 9.0 (you will see missing library messages on the console). We are investigating library dependencies for different versions of Linux.
  2. Requires execution from a Linux Console and not from a Linux Desktop (KDE, GNOME).
  3. ReiserFS version 4 is not yet supported.
  4. JFS is  not yet supported.
  5. XFS is not yet supported.
  6. Automatic dismounting of partitions (file systems) is not yet supported.
  7. Tape devices are not yet supported.
  8. CD / DVD devices are not yet supported.
  9. Some dialog boxes display the host IP address incorrectly, however commands that use the HTTP, FTP and TCPIP functions do work correctly.
  10. Red Hat 9.0. If you switch virtual consoles and then switch back to Storage Manager, the screen may display very odd characters. This is caused by the default font setting being changed when you switched screens. Go back to the other screen and execute "setfont". This will change the default font back to normal.
  11. "Enter a filename" dialogs will display NetWare volumes. However, if you select a NetWare volume, an error message will be displayed about the volume not being mounted. Support for accessing files inside a NetWare volume from Linux is not yet supported.
  12. A number of the Portlock Storage Manager screens should be improved for console displays that are larger than 25 rows x 80 columns. A number of Linux distributions support console displays with a large number of rows and columns, such as SuSE (50 rows x 128 columns).
  13. Partition Create Limitations:
    1. Partition Create does not yet support creating Ext2 partitions.
    2. Partition Create does not yet support creating Ext3 partitions.
  14. Partition Copy Limitations:
    1. Partition Copy does not yet support resizing Ext2 partitions during the partition copy.
    2. Partition Copy does not yet support resizing Ext3 partitions during the partition copy.
    3. Partition Copy does not yet support resizing ReiserFS partitions during the partition copy.
  15. Partition Resize Limitations:
    1. Partition Resize does not yet support resizing Ext2 partitions.
    2. Partition Resize does not yet support resizing Ext3 partitions.
    3. Partition Resize does not yet support resizing ReiserFS partitions.
  16. Restore Limitations:
    1. Restore does not yet support resizing Ext2 partitions during a partition restore.
    2. Restore does not yet support resizing Ext3 partitions during a partition restore.
    3. Restore does not yet support resizing ReiserFS partitions during a partition restore.

Reported Issues Fixed:

  1. Did not recognize disk drives on a Compaq DL380 G3 (Fixed 11-25-03)
  2. Cursor disable (hide) did not work (Fixed 11-25-03).
  3. USB support has been added (Fixed 11-25-03).
  4. File Editor was not supported (Fixed 11-28-03).
  5. The screen redraw logic was improved to increase performance (Fixed 11-28-03).
  6. "Enter a filename" dialogs now support the "Insert" key to display a file selection dialog box (Fixed 11-28-03).
  7. Partition Create now supports creating ReiserFSv3 partitions (Fixed 11-29-03). This command creates the partition and formats the file system in a single operation.
  8. Check for Updates command is now supported. Use the Check for Updates command from the Main Menu to automatically download and install the latest beta version (Fixed 11-30-03).
  9. Improved the Sector Editor command for console displays larger than 25 rows x 80 columns (Fixed 12-02-03).
  10. After creating, deleting or modifying partitions, Linux sometimes does not reload its partition tables (Fixed 12-14-03).
  11. Display Partition Map now supports DOS Extended Partitions (Fixed 12-14-03).
  12. Loading / installing license files now works from floppy (Fixed 5-9-04).
  13. Booting from USB CDs and DVDs is now supported (Fixed 10-10-04).
       
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