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Portlock Software Newsletter - March 1, 2001


Contents:

Our web site is being translated and localized into several languages.

Our products are being translated and localized into several languages.

Improved Volume Resize Utility for NetWare (Version 1.27).

Improved Volume Defragment Utility for NetWare (Version 1.27).

Tips & Techniques

February was a very busy month for all of us. We have made a number of improvements to our products and we have improved our web site significantly for our international customers. 

During February not a single bug was reported for either of our products - this is fantastic!

Our web site is being translated and localized into several languages.

We have completed the translation of our web site into Russian. 
For the curious take a look at our site in Russian: http://www.portlock.com/ru

Our web site is also being translated into:

  • French - Expected completion March 2, 2001
  • German - Expected completion March 9, 2001
  • Japanese - Expected completion March 6, 2001

Our products are being translated and localized into several languages.

We are translating / localizing our products into several languages:

  • French - Expected completion April 30, 2001
  • German - Expected completion April 30, 2001
  • Japanese - Expected completion June 29, 2001

We are seeking beta customers to help us identify problems and to suggest improvements in the translation and localization process. Please let us know at beta@Portlock.com

Improved Volume Resize Utility for NetWare (Version 1.27).

  • We have added defragmentation of the Primary and Secondary Directory Tables after a volume resize is complete. These tables affect how long it takes to mount a volume, and how quickly NetWare can access directory entries. Read more about this at http://www.portlock.com/defrag_tips.htm
  • Improved memory management. The software previously allocated memory to read in the entire directory table into memory. On some servers, this is not possible due to insufficient memory. Directory table caching has been added to minimize the amount of memory required to resize large volumes.
  • Improved performance. A number of small changes have been made to improve resize performance. Our product was already very fast ...
  • The "Volume Rename" function would allow renaming a volume to the same name as an already existing volume. This has been fixed.

Improved Volume Defragment Utility for NetWare (Version 1.27).

  • Advanced Features: Reordering Directory Table Entries. When NetWare extends a directory it adds additional 4 KB Directory Blocks to the end of the Directory Table. These Directory Blocks then become scattered across the volume. This feature supports reordering the Directory Blocks so that they are contiguous reducing the number of I/Os to open, close or update a file or directory entry.
  • Improved memory management. The software previously allocated memory to read in the entire directory table into memory. On some servers, this is not possible due to insufficient memory. Directory table caching has been added to minimize the amount of memory required to defragment large volumes.
  • Improved performance. A number of small changes have been made to improve defragment performance. Our product was already very fast ...

Tips & Techniques

Volume Defragment Utility for NetWare

  • To minimize VREPAIR and volume mount time, perform a "Quick Defragment" on your volumes. This will significantly reduce the length of time these two operations take on your servers.
  • To check if the individual directories on a volume are fragmented run a "Volume Report". The evaluation version does not have a size limit for the Volume Report function.
  • To stop a defragment while it is running press <ESC>. The current state of the volume will be written to disk. The next time a defragment is started, it will begin where it was last stopped.

Volume Resize Utility for NetWare

  • Novell's install.nlm or nwconfig.nlm does not support renaming volumes when they have more than one segment. Use our "Volume Rename" function to rename volumes.
  • To delete a volume segment, select a size of 0 on the volume resize screen. The software will first move all of the data located on the selected segment. Then the segment will be deleted.
  • To determine how much data is on a single volume segment, use the "Volume Display" function. The number of "Free Blocks" and "Used Blocks" will be displayed on the right side of the screen. To select other segments, press the <ENTER> key on the displayed field "(select for list)". A listbox of segments will pop up allowing a different segment to be selected.
       
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