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Posted: 25 Apr 2002
 

Tips from customers who recently did the NetWare 5.1 SP4 to NetWare 6 Upgrade. May we learn from those who go before us.

  1. Added Apr 25 2002 - If you don't install the proper licenses on the directory tree, the users will be able to log in, but will have no trustee assignements on the server volumes. No error messages display on the workstation (other than not being able to browse anywhere) or on the server. The fix is, of course, to license your tree.
  2. During the Across-the-wire migration you assign your "destination server" a temporary IP address, tree and server name. Once the migration is finished, it removes the server name and tree and assumes the "old server" name and tree. You have to manually modify the IP address to be what the old server configuration was. However, what it DOESN'T tell you is that the temporary IP Address and Server name are stored in the Host and HostName files (in the ETC directory), and must also be manually removed from these files. Otherwise, if you try to configure or install the web server or iPrint/NDPS, it still thinks the temporary address is the primary IP address.
  3. If you use HP JetDirect IPX printing, you MUST upgrade to the latest firmware on those printers or they may not be able connect with licensing to the NetWare server.

If you don't install the licenses on the tree, the users will still be able to log in, but will have no trustee assignements on the server volumes. No error messages will display on the workstation (other than not being able to browse anywhere) or the server. The fix is, of course, to license your tree, BUT be aware that there's another issue with similar symptoms with a Netware 5.0 to Netware 6.0 in-place upgrade. It's easy to forget that you've not yet installed the tree licenses, and spend hours troubleshooting this other issue which is completely unrelated.


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