Novell Business Continuity Clustering 1.2 SP1 Readme for OES 2 SP2 Linux

September 21, 2010

This Readme identifies known issues for Novell Business Continuity Clustering (BCC) 1.2 SP1 for your Novell Open Enterprise Server (OES) 2 Support Pack 2 (SP2) for Linux servers that are running Novell Cluster Services 1.8.7 (or later).


You can download Novell Business Continuity Clustering 1.2 from the Novell Downloads Web site.

In addition, you must download the upgrade patch for BCC 1.2 SP1 (version 1.2.1) through the OES 2 SP2 Linux patch channel. The patch supports 32-bit and 64-bit OES 2 SP2 Linux architectures.

In addition, you must download the following products:

2.0 Patches

Beginning in January 2010, patches are available for BCC 1.2.1 through the OES 2 SP2 Linux patch channel.

3.0 Known Issues

This section identifies known issues for BCC 1.2.1 for OES 2 SP2 Linux.

3.1 Multiple-Tree Configurations Are Not Supported

In the BCC 1.2 for Linux release, multiple-tree configurations of business continuity clusters are not supported. All peer clusters must reside in the same tree.

3.2 Do Not Disable BCC for a Resource from Multiple Peer Clusters

If a given BCC enabled resource is disabled for BCC from multiple peer clusters, and is then BCC enabled from one or more peer clusters, the resource can come online as primary in multiple clusters.

If a resource is seen as primary in a peer cluster where you know it should actually be seen as Secondary, execute the cluster resetresources command to force it to reset the status to its proper state.

IMPORTANT:This command changes the state of all resources on this peer cluster to offline and secondary.

3.3 Upgrading the Clusters Plug-In for iManager 2.7.3

The BCC 1.2.1 management tool is integrated in an update to the Novell Cluster Services Clusters plug-in for Novell iManager 2.7.3 (the version released with OES 2 SP2) or later. In addition to managing Novell Cluster Services and BCC 1.2.1, the Clusters plug-in can be used to manage BCC 1.1 SP2 for NetWare 6.5 SP8 and BCC 1.2 for OES 2 SP1 Linux with all patches applied.

To use the BCC options in the Clusters role in iManager, the following storage-related plug-ins must be installed:

  • ncsmgmt.npm
  • storagemgmt.npm

The storagemgmt.npm contains code in common with other storage-related plug-ins, including Novell Storage Services, Novell Archive and Version Services, Novell Apple Filing Protocol (AFP), Novell CIFS, and Novell Distributed File Services. Make sure that you include this common plug-in module when installing any of the others.

IMPORTANT:If you use more than one of these plug-ins, you should install, update, or remove them all at the same time to make sure the common code works for all plug-ins. If you remove only one of the plug-ins, it removes the common code and breaks the remaining installed plug-ins.

These iManager plug-ins support iManager 2.7.3 on all operating systems supported by iManager and iManager Workstation.

  1. Download the Storage Related Plug-ins for iManager 2.7.3 from the Novell Downloads Web site.

  2. On the iManager server, if the OES 2 version of the storage-related plug-ins are installed, or if you upgraded this server from OES 2 Linux or NetWare 6.5 SP7, log in to iManager, then uninstall all of the storage-related plug-ins that are currently installed, including storagemgmt.npm.

    This step is necessary for upgrades only if you did not uninstall and reinstall the storage-related plug-ins as part of the upgrade process.

  3. On the server, copy the new plug-ins to the packages folder, and manually overwrite the older version of the plug-ins with the newer version of the plug-ins.

  4. Install all of the storage-related plug-ins, or install only the ones you need plus storagemgmt.npm.

  5. Restart Tomcat.

  6. Restart Apache.

4.0 Documentation

This Readme lists all known issues for BCC 1.2 SP1 for Linux. For information about installing and managing BCC, see the BCC 1.2 SP1 Administration Guide for OES 2 SP2 Linux.

The latest documentation for BCC is available on the Business Continuity Clustering documentation Web site.

5.0 Additional Information

For information about installing and managing Identity Manager 3.6.1, see the Identity Manager 3.6.1 documentation Web site.

For information about Novell iManager 2.7.3, see the iManager 2.7.x documentation Web site.

For information about OES 2 SP2 Linux, see the OES 2 SP2 documentation Web site.

For information about Novell Cluster Services 1.8.7 for Linux, see the Clustering (High Availability) documentation Web site for OES 2 SP2.