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Novell Dynamic File Services Technical Specifications


Supported Platforms

Windows Servers

You can install all components of Novell Dynamic File Services on your Windows servers. Dynamic File Services supports both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures for the following Microsoft Windows Server operating systems with the latest service packs and patches applied:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 or later
  • Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 or later
Windows Workstations

You can install the Novell Dynamic File Services Management component on a Windows workstation to manage the Dynamic File Services Service running on your servers. Dynamic File Services supports both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures for the following Windows client operating systems with the latest service packs and patches applied:

  • Windows 7
  • Windows Vista Service Pack 1 or later
  • Windows XP Service Pack 3 or later

Supported Devices

  • Local Storage

Devices that the system considers to be native storage devices can be used for the primary path and secondary path in a pair. The native storage devices used in a pair must have a static drive letter assigned so that the drive letter remains the same through computer restarts. If you plan to change the drive letters (or modify paths), you must unlink the paths by removing the pair definition, and create a new pair that uses the new locations.

Dynamic File Services does not support using CDs, DVDs, floppy drives, or flash drives in a pair. It also does not support using mapped drives

  • Remote Storage

Devices that the system considers to be native storage devices and are accessible via network sharing can be used for remote storage. In a Standard Pair they can be used in a secondary path. In a retention pair they can be used in a Primary and or Secondary paths.

Any Windows Server running an a supported platform can be used as a remote storage device. Network attached storage or a network file such as NetApp or EMC can also be used as a remote storage device.

  • Cloud Storage

Amazon S3, Box, CloudMe or Dropbox are supported and can be used in a secondary path of a retention pair.


Supported Files Systems

Novell Dynamic File Services supports the NTFS file system for the primary and secondary locations.


Software Requirements

The following software should be installed and working properly before installing Dynamic File Services:

  • Microsoft .NET 4.0.2
    If .NET is not already installed on the computer, the Dynamic File Services InstallShield Wizard automatically attempts to install Microsoft .NET 4.0.
    Downlaod Microsoft .NET 4.0. An Internet connection is required. The download time varies based on your connection speed. A computer restart might be required on some platforms.
    If the InstallShield Wizard is unable to install .NET, the wizard halts the installation and returns an error. Manually install .NET, then start the InstallShield Wizard to install Dynamic File Services.
  • Microsoft Network Sharing
  • Microsoft Event Logger

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