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Deploying NetWare 6.5 with Portlock Storage Manager

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By Glen Davis

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Posted: 2 Mar 2004

Here are some very helpful instructions on how to use response files to automate a NetWare 6.5 installation. It also includes a method of doing a factory install using 3rd-party product Portlock Storage Manager.

  1. Prepare a Staging Server.

    Prepare a NetWare server to be a staging server that will include the NW6.5 SP1 Operating System files, and Portlock Storage Manager files. Install Portlock Storage Manager by using Nwconfig, Install a Product not listed and point to the Portlock files. By default the files will then be copied to sys:stormgr. Add a search path to the Portlock files as needed.

    StageServer1\nss1:\NW65sp1\ -- location to store NW6.5 OS files
    StageServer1\nss1:\Portlock\ -- location to store Portock Storage Manager
    StageServer1\nss1:\Images -- location to store created Images

  2. Create a Response file.

    Launch NWDEPLOY.EXE from the NW65sp1. Select the ?Automate an Install? link and then launch the ?Response File Generator.? Be sure to select the ?Blade Install? option for this scenerio. When selecting products, please note which products were selected or which pattern install was selected. Save the Response file on your Staging Server, and save it as response.tmp rather than response.rsp.

  3. Create an Install Image.

    Select the server hardware that you will do the NetWare Install on. This install will also create your ?Factory Install Image.? Boot off a DOS IP client and attach to your Staging Server. See DOS Client Downloads for details on using the DOS client. Navigate to the NW65sp1 directory created in Step 1 and launch install /image.

    Go through the normal install procedure and choose the options that you would like the image to have. The products chosen during the product selection screen should correlate with the products chosen when creating your response file.

    At the end of the Install, you will be prompted with a screen to down the server. Type down at the console prompt. Do not reboot, as the server needs to be imaged before coming up after the install.

  4. Image the server.

    Boot the server using the DOS IP Client and reattach to the Staging Server and then navigate to the Portlock directory. Load Stormgr.exe. Select to Emulate NW6.x.

    Go to the Staging Server load Imagemgr and select it to ?Recv an Image..?, select compression, write to disk, add path for image file (ie. NSS1:\images\Master65.img) and to be loaded as the Server.

    Go back to the server being imaged and select to Image the server, Image entire system (only select to image the DOS partition and the SYS volume), then select your preferences for compression, write the file to a TCPIP link, TCPIP client, then put in the TCPIP address of the Staging Server that will receive the image. After the image is completed go on to the next step.

  5. Image Restore to Bare Metal Hardware.

    At this point your response files have been created, images have been created and you are ready to deploy your servers. Using Portlock you can restore the DOS partition and SYS volume created to several servers. Simply attach to the Staging Server and map to appropriate drive using the TCPIP DOS client. Load Stormgr off your mapped drive and select the restore option. Restore the image from the path where the image is located on the Staging Server.

    Example -- N: is mapped to stageServer1\nss1: Use path N:\images\master65.img

  6. Finish the Install using Response.tmp.

    To complete the install copy the response.tmp file to C:\nwinst.tmp\ directory (overwrite if needed). If deploying to several servers, you would want to edit the response file to indicate unique servername, Ipaddress, edir context, etc., for each server. Also copy the *.nfk and *.nlf license files to the local server. For example copy them to C:\license, then edit the response file to make sure the [License] entry includes the same path.

    When this is complete go to C:\nwserver\ (or other startup directory) and type Server to finsh the installation.

Portlock Software is a 3rd-Party Company and Novell Partner. For more information, see their listing in the Partner Product Guide.

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