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Making Your Full SYS Volume Mount (NetWare 4.11)

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By Terry Cutler

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Posted: 14 Jul 2005

What would you do if your NetWare 4.11 SYS volume filled up and wouldn't mount anymore? Here's your cool solution.

  1. You'll need two files:
    • Toolbox (tbox7.exe)
    • NetWare 4.10 install.nlm (ins224.exe)

  2. Once you have these files, extract them to a floppy and walk over to the server.

  3. At the console, type:
    load a:toolbox
    If you get the error, Toolbox cannot be loaded until CLIB.NLM is loaded, then do this:
    1. Take your original NetWare installation CD and mount it as a volume.
    2. Then add a search path to the boot directory on the CD by typing
      search add nw411:products\nw411\411\boot
    3. Then type load clib
    4. Reload toolbox.

  4. that toolbox is loaded, type load a:\install

  5. Go into volume options and rename the volume to sysold.
    The reason we're using the 4.10 install is because in this version, you don't need to authenticate to NDS to be able to rename the volume. (Also the fact that sys isn't mounted and DS is not loaded.)

  6. Now mount sysold.

  7. After the volume mounts, you'll want to delete the backout.tts file with these steps:
    1. Type chdir sysold:\
    2. Type dir to make sure the file is there.
    3. Delete the backout.tts file.
    4. You must also navigate through your volume and delete any unwanted files to free up enough space to mount back up again.

  8. Reload a:\install

  9. Rename the volume back to sys.

Voila, your sys volume is back up.

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