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Disaster Recovery: NDS Backup Using DSRepair

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By JD Nyland

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Posted: 9 Sep 1999

Did you know that you can back up your NDS database for disaster recovery using DSREPAIR.NLM? If you didn't, now you do. Here's the scoop about how to do it straight from one of our premier NDS architects:

  1. Load DSREPAIR.NLM, and then select Advanced Options.
  2. Select the Create a Database Dump option.

    The directory path for the database dump will be shown. Of course, you can change this directory to be whatever suits your fancy. Notice that the file in NetWare 5 and the directory in NDS are stored on the SYS volume, so the NDS information will be backed up during regular backup procedures.

  3. Press Enter to save the NDS information.

If you'd rather, you can also do this from the command line and skip all the menus. To do this, type the following at the command line:

  1. dsrepair /rc

Either way, whether you use the command line or menus, you have a backup of your NDS database when you're finished. With that said, there are a couple of things you need to keep in mind:

First, the NDS database will lock during this dump process, and any new authentications to this server will not work until the database has been re-opened.(This happens automatically when the process is finished.)

Second, you'll need to call support if and when disaster strikes, and have them help you restore the database using their special, top-secret utility. There are a lot of underlying issues that need to be considered when you use this method, but this type of backup gives support a solid base to start from and makes the whole disaster recovery a lot less painful.

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