6.10 Consolidating Data to Novell Branch Office

Novell Branch Office (formerly Nterprise Branch Office) server is a business office management solution that reduces the costs and challenges of managing and using offices in remote locations. Novell Branch Office is server software that you can deploy on hardware at remote offices and still have the flexibility to manage from one central location at your corporate offices. Administrators and users access the features they need through the Internet from a Web browser.

Moving directories, volumes, or users and their associated trustees and rights to a new Branch Office server is a daunting task made easier by the Server Consolidation Utility. Moving information with the Server Consolidation Utility is faster and easier than manually entering individual users, copying files, and manually assigning their rights and trustees on a new Branch Office server.

NOTE:Anytime that a Branch Office server is rebooted, the sys: volume is recreated on the server. Because of this, the Server Consolidation Utility will not display the sys: volume on Branch Office servers.

The Server Consolidation Utility works with Novell Branch Office servers in much the same way it works with NetWare servers. However, there are a few differences in the way the Server Consolidation Utility runs in relation to Branch Office servers. This section describes the following:

6.10.1 Unlocking the Branch Office Server

In order to perform a consolidation to a Branch Office server, you must be logged in as Supervisor to the server. The Branch Office server does not allow supervisor rights unless the server is unlocked. When the server is unlocked, Supervisor is granted supervisor rights and the consolidation can be run.

WARNING:Do not use the Admin username and password to unlock the server. Doing so can corrupt the encrypted password and require a re-installation of the Branch Office server.

  1. At the server console, log in by entering the Supervisor username and password.

  2. Enter


  3. When prompted, enter y for Yes.

  4. To relock the server, enter


    at the server console.

6.10.2 Performing a Server Consolidation to a Novell Branch Office Server

When performing a consolidation to a Branch Office server using the Server Consolidation Utility, you will see several screens that are different from the ones displayed during a consolidation on a regular NetWare server. The different screens that require navigation are described below.

Match Up Tree Objects

The Tree-to-Tree Object Match Up screen displays. Any objects that appear in both the source and destination trees are displayed based on their class. To match up objects in a consolidation involving a Branch Office server, complete the following steps:

  1. Select the type of objects to display from the drop-down list provided.

  2. Check the box to the left of the object you want to match up.

    To select more than one object, press and hold the Ctrl key while checking the box to the left of the objects that you want to select. You can also check the box to the left of one object, press and hold the Shift key, then check the box to the left of a second object to select those two objects and all other objects located between them in the list.

    The following attributes are copied for each selected user:

    • Department

    • Description

    • E-mail Address

    • Fax Number

    • Full Name

    • Given Name

    • Internet E-mail Address

    • Location

    • Postal Address

    • Surname

    • Telephone Number

    • Title

    • Unique IDs

    1. (Conditional) If you selected more than one object, right-click the objects and then select Create All Selected Objects.

    2. (Optional) If you want to create users for all of the selected users, select Yes.

    3. From the drop-down list, select whether these will be Local Users or Remote Users.

    4. Click OK.

  3. From the drop-down menu under the Destination Object heading, select the option you want:

    • The object in the destination tree that has the same name as the object in the source tree

    • Don’t match (object doesn’t exist in the destination tree)

    • Browse

    • Create (if you are matching users)

  4. (Conditional) If you selected Browse in Step 3, do the following in the Context Browser dialog box:

    1. Select a matching object.

    2. Click OK.

  5. (Conditional) If you selected Create in Step 3, do the following in the Object Creation dialog box:

    1. From the drop-down list, select whether you want to create a Local User or Remote User.

    2. Type the new user’s name in the field provided, then click OK

    3. Repeat Step 5.a for each user you want to create.

  6. When you have finished matching all the objects, click Next.

  7. (Conditional) If you have unmatched objects, do one of the following in the Unmatched Objects dialog box that displays:

    • To proceed without matching the objects, select Yes.

    • To go back and match up the objects before continuing, select No.

Refer to Default Server and Home Directory for Created Users to complete the consolidation.