9.0 Novell CIFS

Novell CIFS for Linux is available for Novell Open Enterprise Server (OES) 11 SP2.

After you set up Novell CIFS on the Linux node and before you finalize the NetWare-to-Linux conversion, use the CIFS function in the Migration Tool to convert the configuration. See Migrating CIFS to OES 11 SP2 in the OES 11 SP2: Migration Tool Administration Guide.

The commands in the scripts are also different. After the migration, you can view the revised load and unload scripts on the Linux server. See Section 3.6, Comparing File Access Protocol Commands in NSS Pool Resource Scripts.

IMPORTANT:If the cluster resource goes comatose on the Linux server, there might be a timing issue for loading Novell CIFS. Add a sleep command of 5 or more seconds before the novcifs -add command. For example:

sleep 5
exit_on_error novcifs --add ‑‑vserver=.CN=NCS1_P1_SERVER.O=novell.T=TREE-188. 
              ‑‑ip-addr=10.10.10.205

CIFS supports NCP cross-protocol file locking, which allows NCP, AFP, and CIFS users to access files on an NSS volume concurrently without data corruption by locking the files across protocols. On Linux, the cross-protocol file locking parameter for NCP Server is enabled by default. Verify that it is enabled on each node in the cluster if you plan to give both NCP users and CIFS users access to an NSS volume in the cluster. See Configuring Cross-Protocol File Locks for NCP Server in the OES 11 SP2: NCP Server for Linux Administration Guide.

CIFS supports the merged view for Novell Dynamic Storage Technology (DST) shadow volumes built with NSS volumes. Wait until the cluster conversion is complete before attempting to set up DST shadow volumes in the OES cluster.