6.1 Understand NetWare Server Consolidation Issues

Before running a consolidation project in a NetWare/eDirectory environment, be sure you have prepared your server as described in Section 5.2, Prepare the Source and Destination Servers.

You should also be aware of the issues discussed in this section.

6.1.1 Open Files Cannot Be Copied

The Novell Server Consolidation Utility cannot copy files that are open and currently in use.

There is one exception to this rule. NSS has a feature called File Copy on Write. This permits a file that is being changed to be accessed in the same state as it was in when it was last closed by all processes.

This feature is enabled on an NSS volume either by using ConsoleOne or by entering

nss /filecopyonwrite=volname

at the source server console to change the volume attributes.

For example, nss /filecopyonwrite=vol1 would enable File Copy on Write for the vol1: volume. The effect is immediate, but it affects only files that are currently closed and then opened later.

6.1.2 Cluster Failover Stops File Copy

If you run a server consolidation project involving a NetWare cluster and the cluster fails over during the consolidation, the file copy will stop. The consolidation project must be run again.

6.1.3 User Space Restrictions Only Migrated in Full Volume Copies

In consolidation projects where individual folders are dragged and dropped, or where a volume is copied to a folder on the destination server, user space restrictions on the source volume are not migrated to the destination volume.

If your consolidation project is set up to copy an entire volume, with the contents of the source volume being copied to the root of the destination volume, user space restrictions are migrated to the destination volume. If user space restrictions already exist on the destination volume, they are overwritten with the restrictions migrated from the source volume.