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Load BSTART in the AUTOEXEC.NCF file immediately after the file server name to solve numerous problems

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By Nicholas Pelton

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Posted: 14 Feb 2007
 

Problem:

When using a NetWare 6.5 server for DHCP, ZENworks, and using Brightstore 11SP1 for backups, problems can occur with DHCP not loading, CSAUDIT errors, or ZENworks PDHCP using the DHCP port. The desire here is to provide a single sample configuration which works using all of these and has been tested in numerous locations. Information from TIDS# 10096817, 10087843, 10077412 is referenced and/or relevant.

Solution:

Note 1: "BSTART into your autoexec.ncf, immediately after the FILE SERVER NAME or SERVERID, but before sys:\etc\initsys.ncf" (from TID # 10096817)

Note 2: Load dhcpsrvr immediately after the mount all. TID#10077412 says "If you edit the AUTOEXEC.NCF file and add the Command DHCPSRVR early in the file, the DHCP service will load its IP database and service all assigned IP addresses." In my experience, loading the dhcpsrvr command immediately after the "mount all" (with bstart and initsys.ncf already loaded as above) and loading zfdstart.ncf near the end and astart at the end results in all services working well.

To make sure things have loaded ok, type "m dhcp*" to make sure dhcpsrvr.nlm loaded. Then type "m pdh*" to make sure that pdhcp.nlm loaded ok. You can also check to make sure that Brightstore has loaded with no errors. If one encounters CSAUDIT errors, TID # 10087843 gives a good breakdown on how to clean them up and then the autoexec.ncf can be rearranged as above to prevent that from occuring in the future.

Example:

"###################"-indicates deleted text not relevant to this issue followed by comments when needed

@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@SAMPLE autoexec.bat start

#################

# WARNING!!
FILE SERVER NAME SERVERNAME
serverid 3333333
bstart.ncf

###################refer to TID #10096817 Note 1

sys:etc\initsys.ncf

###################refer to TID#10077412 Note 2

MOUNT ALL
dhcpsrvr
IPMINIT.NCF

##################
##################
##################
##################note that the lines after this are near the end of autoexec.bat

#ZENworks Database Settings
rem SYS:\system\mgmtdbs.ncf

SYS:\system\zfdstart.ncf

##################

astart

@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@SAMPLE autoexec.bat end


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