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Synchronization Processes; a Primer

Novell Cool Solutions: Feature
By Kevin Burnett

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Posted: 13 May 2002

Senior Research Engineer Kevin Burnett gives us a look at the processes that run after the generic portion of the synchronization has completed.

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In mixed NetWare 4.x, 5.x and 6.0 replica rings, NetWare servers automatically detect which servers are NetWare 4.x servers and use NetWare 4.x synchronization procedures with them. The same is true with NetWare 5.x and NetWare 6.0. Each new release of NetWare has enhancements to the synchronization process; however, each new NetWare version provides backwards synchronization compatibility with older versions of NDS.

The replica synchronization process synchronizes all changes to the entries and attributes in the NDS database. However, it does not synchronize everything in the database. For instance, it does not purge deleted entries and attribute values or synchronize external references and backlinks. Besides the replica synchronization process, NDS uses the following processes for other types of synchronization:

  • Janitor Process
  • Limber Process
  • Backlink Process
  • Flat Cleaner Process
  • Schema Synchronization Process
  • Database Initialization
  • Replica Purger

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