2.2 Preparing the Computer

To prepare your computer for the OES NetWare installation:

  1. Install the computer and networking hardware (see Installing Computer and Networking Hardware).
  2. Create and format a boot partition (see Creating and Formatting a Boot Partition).
  3. Access the installation files (see Access the Installation Files).

2.2.1 Installing Computer and Networking Hardware

Follow the manufacturer's instructions to install and connect the network board and network cabling to your computer. Make sure that all storage devices are properly attached to the storage adapters.

2.2.2 Creating and Formatting a Boot Partition

Novell recommends that you install NetWare onto a clean, error-free disk drive. OES NetWare requires a DOS partition in standard FAT format to hold the NetWare operating system startup and server files. If an adequate boot partition already exists on your machine, proceed to Access the Installation Files.

HINT:You should increase the size of your boot partition to accommodate your specific configuration requirements. See Meeting System Requirements.

To create and format a DOS boot partition:

  1. Back up any desired data to another computer or offline storage media.

  2. Boot your computer with DOS 3.3 or later.

  3. If the computer already has an operating system installed, such as Windows or a previous installation of NetWare, you should completely remove the existing partitions and the operating system.

    You can use FDISK to remove partitions, or the partitions can be deleted from the Prepare Boot Partition screen during the OES NetWare installation.

  4. If you want to use FDISK to create an active DOS partition, enter FDISK at the DOS prompt.

    Create a primary DOS partition and make it the active partition. See Meeting System Requirements for minimum requirements. The computer will restart.

  5. Format and transfer DOS system files to the partition by changing to drive a: and entering FORMAT C: /S at the DOS prompt.

  6. Run SCANDISK or CHKDSK /F (depending on the machine's version of DOS) to verify the integrity of the DOS partition.

  7. In the machine’s config.sys file, set FILES=50.

Your computer should now have an active DOS partition that meets or exceeds the minimum requirements. Continue the installation by accessing the installation files.

2.2.3 Access the Installation Files

OES NetWare can be installed from the server’s local CD drive or from installation files located on the network. If you want to run the OES NetWare Install program from a network drive, complete the steps in “Preparing to Run the NetWare Installation from a Network Drive” below.

Starting in NetWare 6.5 SP1, Novell added an option during a new server install to use NetWare as the Boot OS instead of Caldera* DOS (overlay install only). This option allows you to proceed with the OES NetWare Install program directly without having to boot DOS first. To use this option, make sure your computer is set up to boot from the CD drive before the hard drive. Skip to Section 2.3, Starting the Installation Program.

Preparing to Run the OES NetWare Installation from a Network Drive

  1. Make sure that the DOS config.sys file contains the FILES=50 and BUFFERS=30 commands.

  2. Make sure the config.sys and autoexec.bat files are configured to load the CD-ROM drivers for your computer. The logical filename of your CD drive (specified in these files) must not be CDDVD.

  3. Boot your computer with DOS 3.3 or later.

  4. Install the IP Server Connection Utility software.

  5. Copy the contents of both NetWare 6.5 SP6 CD 1 (Operating System) and NetWare 6.5 SP6 CD 2 (Products) to the same directory on your network. In copying these two CDs to the network, you may see messages regarding duplicate files. This is because some of the files for OES NetWare are placed on both CDs. Proceed past the duplicate file messages and continue the copy to the network.

Using Updated Files during the Installation

The c:\nwupdate directory structure for OES NetWare mirrors the directory structure of the install image. Updated files should be placed in the c:\nwupdate subdirectory that corresponds to where they are located in the install image.

There are two notable exceptions to this rule:

  • Install scripts (sys_inst.ils, dos_inst.ils, defpre.ils, defcopy.ils, etc.) should be placed in the c:\nwupdate directory.

    NOTE:Defpre.ils and defcopy.ils are dummy scripts called from dos_inst.ils (the first C-Worthy copy) and sys_inst.ils (the second C-Worthy copy), respectively, and are intended to be modified for OEM use. These scripts are also used in NetWare 6.0.

  • The subdirectories of the c:\nwupdate\drivers directory (\storage, \lan, \psm, \sbd, \cios) have been eliminated. Their files and subdirectories should be placed in the c:\nwupdate\drivers directory.

There is a blackout period during the install when access to the DOS drives (C:, D:, etc.) is prohibited. This occurs during the time that platform support and storage drivers (PSMs, HAMs, SBDs, and CDMs) are detected and loaded. However, they can be loaded from a floppy disk.

Anticipating Installation Issues

  • If a problem occurs (critical errors, the installation fails, etc.) during the installation procedure before the file copy and the Operating System installation is complete, you must start the installation again from the beginning.

    If a problem occurs (critical errors, the install fails, etc.) during the product installation procedure after the file copy and the OS install is complete, the installation will finish. An error will be generated telling you which individual product installation failed, but the remaining products will install normally.

  • For a list of known install-related issues in this release of OES NetWare, see the “NetWare Install/Upgrade” section of the Open Enterprise Server Readme.