6.5 Perform Pre-Copy Verifications

After you have dragged-and-dropped the selected directories or volumes and have performed any other modeling tasks, proceed by clicking Project > Verify and Copy Data or by clicking Do the Consolidation on the button bar.

NOTE:These instructions assume you have not enabled server-based processing. If you have, refer to the additional information in Section 6.12, Server-Based Processing.

Begin the Verification

  1. When the Verification Wizard dialog box displays, click Next to begin the verification process.

  2. The Dropped Folders dialog box displays, showing the source path and destination path for the dropped folders. Do one of the following:

    • If the source and destination paths are correct, click Next.

    • If the source or destination path is incorrect, click Cancel and make the appropriate changes in the Project window.

  3. (Conditional) If you created new folders in the right pane of the Project window as part of your consolidation project, the Created Folders dialog box now displays. Do one of the following:

    • If the destination path of the created folders is correct, click Next.

    • If the destination path is not correct, click Cancel and make the appropriate changes in the Project window.

  4. (Conditional) If you are moving NDPS printers as part of your consolidation project, the Dropped Printers dialog box now displays. Do one of the following:

    • If the destination locations of the printers are correct, click Next.

    • If the destination locations are not correct, click Cancel and make the appropriate changes in the Project window.

Duplicate File Resolution

If a file is found on the destination volume or directory that has the same name as a file being copied from the source, you must decide what to do. You have three options to choose from on the Duplicate File Resolution dialog box:

  1. Click the radio button next to the option you want.

  2. Click Next.

Synchronize Files and Folders

In the Synchronize Files and Folders dialog box, you have the option to delete files and folders on the destination server that do not exist on the source server. Selecting Yes deletes all files and folders on the destination server that are not on the source server. No is the default selection.

  1. Click the radio button next to the option you want.

  2. Click Next.

WARNING:Do not use this option in projects that involve consolidating data from two separate volumes or folders on the source server into a single volume or folder on the destination server. When the synchronization check compares the copied data to what exists in the first volume or folder, it will delete everything that was copied from the second. The same process occurs when comparing the copied data for the second volume or folder, and you end up with no copied data remaining in the destination volume or folder.

File Comparison

In the File Comparison dialog box, you have the option to compare files and folders between the source and destination servers after the copy process completes. Selecting Yes compares the following information between the source and destination files and folders:

  1. (Conditional) If you do not want to compare source and destination files after the copy process, select No and then click Next. Skip to File Date Filters.

  2. (Conditional) If you selected Yes, you have the option to do a binary (byte-by-byte) comparison of the files after the copy process completes. This option gives the greatest assurance that two files are identical, but it takes longer to complete.

    If you want to perform a binary comparison of the files that were copied, select Binary (byte-by-byte) comparison.

  3. (Conditional) If you are seeing errors about files having different Rename inhibit (Di) and Delete inhibit (Ri) attributes after the comparison, you can disable the comparison of these attributes by deselecting Compare Ri/Di attributes on read-only files.

    The reason for these errors is that the Novell Client version 4.9x does not automatically set the Di or Ri attributes when copying Read-only files, whereas the Server Consolidation Utility does. So if you have copied Read-only files to the source server using the Novell Client, they are marked Read-only but the Di and Ri attributes are not set by the Client. If you subsequently use the Server Consolidation Utility to copy these files to another server, the utility sets the Di and Ri attributes of all Read-only files on the destination server, as it should.

  4. Click Next.

IMPORTANT:Novell recommends that you do not enable file comparison when copying files.

File Date Filters

In the File Date Filters dialog box, you have the option to copy files based on dates and three separate attributes:

If you select No, all files are copied. If you select Yes, you can enter date ranges for the file copy. You can select as many criteria as you would like, and only those files that meet all of the selected criteria are copied.

Two dates can be set for each attribute. The first date is an On or After date and the second is an On or Before date. For example, if you select only On or Before and set the date for November 10, 2000, for the Accessed attribute, only those files accessed on or before November 10, 2000, are copied. In the same example, if you also select On or After and set the date to October 1, 2000, only those files accessed on or after October 1, 2000, and on or before November 10, 2000, are copied.

  1. (Conditional) If you do not want to filter files based on dates, select No.

  2. (Conditional) If you want to filter based on dates, select Yes and then select the desired combination of file types and dates to be copied.

    To change the date from the default provided, check the box next to the desired date. Next, highlight with your mouse the portion of the date you want to change. Either type a new value using the keyboard number pad, or use the mouse to click the up- and down-arrows provided to the immediate right of the date field.

  3. Click Next.

NOTE:On a Windows 2000/XP workstation, the Last Accessed date might not be reported correctly for files on NetWare volumes. The workstation might report a Last Accessed date that is one day off from the actual date on the file. Because the Server Consolidation Utility reads this date for the date filter settings, the date filters for the Last Accessed time might seem to be off by one day. However, the Server Consolidation Utility is working as designed based on the dates being reported to it.

Excluded File Extensions

In the Excluded File Extensions dialog box, you have the option to exclude specific file types or file names from the copy process. Wildcards are permitted.

A wildcard is a character that can be used to represent one or more characters in a search. The two most commonly used wildcards are the question mark (?) and the asterisk (*).

  1. Type the file extension types or filenames in the field provided. For multiple filenames or types, press Enter between each entry.

    For example, if you want to exclude a specific file named test.txt from being copied, type test.txt in the field provided. If you want to exclude all .mp3 files from being copied, type *.mp3 in the field provided.

    Type as many filenames or file extension types as you want. Separate the filenames or file extensions by pressing Enter between each entry. Do not use spaces or commas to separate the entries. See the following examples:


    • *.mp3
    • test.txt
    • *.wav


    • *.mp3 test.txt *.wav


    • *.mp3, test.txt, *.wav
  2. Click Next.

If you are performing a consolidation between servers in a single tree, the Check for Trustees and Ownerships dialog box is not displayed. Proceed to “Verify Password” on page 23.

Check for Trustees and Ownership

When you copy data from one tree to another, the Server Consolidation Utility searches the destination tree for objects whose names match the source tree object names. Objects that are potential matches are displayed and can be matched up during Tree-to-Tree Object Match Up.

If this option is enabled, the Server Consolidation Utility scans the dropped folders and their subordinates for trustees and owners. This check must be performed the first time a consolidation is run. If a consolidation is run a second time, this scan does not need to be repeated, as long as trustees have not been added to the source server and new directories or folders have not been dropped onto the destination server. If either has happened, another scan is necessary. This trustee and ownership check slows down the verification process.

NOTE:If a file has already been copied to the destination server or tree, that file’s trustees are not updated during the consolidation unless the source file data is recopied. See Duplicate File Resolution for information about when a source file might overwrite the destination file.

  1. Click Browse to select the destination container you want to search.

  2. Select Search All Subordinate Containers to search all containers in the destination tree below, and including, the one you selected.

    If you don’t select this option, the utility searches only the selected destination container. For better performance, limit the search to the container that you believe the object resides in. Searching from Root takes significantly longer depending on the size of the destination tree.

  3. Click Next.

If consolidating data to an Nterprise Branch Office appliance, there is not an option to specify the container you want to search. Select Yes or No, then click Next.

Password Verification

  1. In the Password Verification dialog box, enter the passwords for the source and destination trees in the fields provided.

    NOTE:SMS is the backup and copy engine used by the Server Consolidation Utility. You enter your password here because SMS requires that the servers involved in the consolidation be authenticated to each other.

  2. Click Next.

Check for Sufficient Disk Space and Disable Login

Before beginning to consolidate your data, you can verify that your destination volumes have enough space to accommodate the data that will be moved. Verifying disk space can be a long process if you have many files to copy.

You can also disable login on the source server before copying file data. Users already logged in to the source server are not logged out, but no new logins are allowed until the consolidation completes. If you disable login and the workstation running the consolidation project crashes for any reason during the consolidation, you might have to manually re-enable login on the source server console.

  1. To verify the available space on the destination volumes, select Check for Sufficient Disk Space.

  2. To have the utility disable login on the source server prior to copying data, select Disable Login.

  3. Click Next.

Verification Wizard

When the Verification Wizard screen displays, click Next to begin the pre-copy verification.

During the verification process, you might see a message informing you that an updated tsafs.nlm or smdr.nlm must be copied for the consolidation to work. Click Yes to continue the project verification. Clicking No stops the verification.

6.5.1 Resolve Pre-Copy Verification Errors

If errors are discovered in the verification attempt, they are shown in the Error Resolution dialog box. Errors could include name conflicts, insufficient rights, required name spaces not loaded, and insufficient disk space. Errors found during the verification process are classified as follows:

Errors must be resolved before files can be copied.

Warnings should be resolved but might not affect the copy process.

In addition, the Error Resolution dialog box might display informational text classified as follows:

Information about the decisions you made in the Project Window.

A description of the error and a possible resolution appears in the Information text box. If no resolution is provided, you can find more information in the Novell Error Code online documentation. (Search the system by error code number.)

After resolving any errors that exist, click Next.