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Storage Manager for NetWare Frequently Asked Questions

 

Introduction to Storage Manager for NetWare.

Portlock Storage Manager is designed to minimize the management, setup, installation, and reconfiguration time for Linux, NetWare and Windows systems. Copy, create, clone, image, restore, and resize DOS, NetWare and NSS partitions and volumes. Image and restore Windows FAT32 and NTFS partitions; Linux Ext2 / Ext3 / ReiserFS partitions. Disaster recovery of failed servers is very fast and dramatically simplified - no booting OS required.

 Note: not all features are available for all file system types.

Server backup and restore supports images stored on disk files, TCP/IP communication links and SCSI tape drives. Third generation imaging technology supports streaming even the very fastest SCSI tape drives. High performance communications over TCP/IP for server to server cloning.

Storage Manager provides full featured control over the size and layout of DOS and NetWare partitions, volumes, NSS volumes and NSS Storage Pools. Compaq diagnostic partitions are also supported.

Novell has chosen Portlock Storage Manager for the NetWare 6 beta CD. Install time for NetWare 6 went from 75 minutes to under 10 minutes. Updated: Novell also use Portlock Storage Manager for the NetWare 6.0 and 6.5.

Which version of NetWare will Storage Manager support?

NetWare 3.12, NetWare 3.20, NetWare 4.11, NetWare 4.20, NetWare 5.0, NetWare 5.1, NetWare 6.0 and NetWare 6.5. Storage manager runs as an NLM under both NetWare and MS-DOS. For MS-DOS, Storage Manager includes a NLM loadable library interface for execution of NetWare NLMs.

Will Storage Manager resize NetWare partitions?

Yes, with Storage Manager you can specify the size of a NetWare partition. NetWare partitions can be resized smaller or larger. When the partition resize command is used with the volume resize command, you have full control over the size of your NetWare partitions and volumes.

Will Storage Manager resize NetWare volumes?

Yes, with Storage Manager you can specify the size of a NetWare volume. NetWare volumes can be resized smaller or larger. You can resize a NetWare volume by moving the starting or ending position. When the volume resize command is used with the partition resize command, you have full control over the size of your NetWare partitions and volumes.

Will Storage Manager support NSS?

Yes, Storage Manager supports resizing Novell NSS partitions and volumes.

Will Storage Manager support NetWare 6 NSS Storage Pools.

Yes, Storage Manager supports NetWare 6 NSS Storage Pools, volumes and partitions.

Will Storage Manager support server to server cloning using TCP/IP.

Yes, Storage Manager supports server to server cloning using TCP/IP. Storage Manager can be used on the "Source Server" running from either MS-DOS or NetWare sending an image data stream over TCP/IP to another server running Storage Manager in restore mode.

Will Storage Manager support SCSI tape drives?

Yes, Storage Manager supports imaging and restoring entire servers, or selected volumes and partitions to SCSI tape drives.

How fast are the image and restore features of Storage Manager?

Very fast. The image and restore features of Storage Manager are a third generation design. Storage Manager can image at 50 MB / sec (3000 Megabytes per minute) and restore at 20 MB / sec (1200 Megabytes per minute) if the disk drives and tape drives support these speeds. Using 100 Mbit Ethernet we routinely see speeds of 10 MB /sec. This means that a NetWare server with 36 GB of data can be restored in under an hour.

Will Storage Manager support compression during Image / Restore?

Yes, Storage Manager supports image compression. There are 10 levels of compression supported.

Will Storage Manager copy and resize DOS partitions?

Yes, Storage Manager supports disk to disk cloning of DOS partitions. During the clone (copy) the partition can be resized larger or smaller and the FAT cluster size can be changed.

Will Storage Manager copy and resize NetWare volumes?

Yes, Storage Manager supports disk to disk cloning of NetWare volumes. During the clone (copy) the volumes can be resized larger or smaller.

Will Storage Manager copy and resize NSS volumes?

Yes, Storage Manager supports disk to disk cloning of NSS volumes. During the clone (copy) the volumes can be resized larger or smaller.

       
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