Novell Dynamic File Services Readme

January 14, 2010

1.0 Documentation

The following sources provide information about Novell® Dynamic File Services:

2.0 System Requirements

For information about system requirements and installation guidelines, see Planning the Installation in the Novell Dynamic File Services Installation and Administration Guide.

3.0 Installation Issues

This section describes known issues for installing Dynamic File Services.

3.1 Disabling Simple File Sharing on Windows XP

You can test the Dynamic File Services Service on a Windows XP workstation by installing the Dynamic File Services Service along with the Management Console. This configuration is allowed for testing purposes only, and is not supported for a production environment.

By default, simplified file sharing is enabled on Windows XP computers if the computer is not a member of an Active Directory* domain. Simple file sharing allows you to easily share folders in a workgroup, but you cannot prevent specific users and groups from gaining access to your shared folders. If simple file sharing is disabled, you can specify which users and groups have access to shared folders on your computer, and those users must provide a password to gain access to your shared folder.

When running the Dynamic File Services Service on a Windows XP computer, the Windows simple file sharing feature must be disabled. This allows Dynamic File Services to control access to files and folders in Dynamic File Services pairs. You cannot log in to the Dynamic File Services Service to set up pairs and policies until simple file sharing is disabled.

To disable the Use simple file sharing feature:

  1. Use one of the following methods to open the Folder Options dialog box:

    • In the Control Panel, double-click Folder Options.

    • Open a Windows Explorer browser, then select Tools > Folder Options.

  2. In the Folder Options dialog box, select View to see the Advanced Settings options.

  3. In the Advanced Settings section, deselect the Use simple file sharing (Recommended) check box.

    This is usually the last option in the list.

  4. Click Apply to All Folders, then click OK to apply and save your changes.

3.2 Support for UNC Paths

UNC (Universal/Uniform Naming Convention) names for paths, such as \\server_name\share\path or \\filer_name\share\path, are not supported for use as the primary path or secondary path in a pair.

4.0 Known Issues

This section contains known issues in this release of Dynamic File Services.

4.1 Service Does Not Stop Properly When a Policy Run is in Progress (Windows Server 2008)

If you attempt to stop the Dynamic File Services Service when a policy run is in progress on a Windows Server 2008 server, the Service Controller hangs and the Service never gets properly stopped.

The expected behavior, as is observed on a Windows Server 2003 server, is that a message is provided to let you know that a process is in progress and the Service cannot be stopped until the process ends.

To avoid this problem, before attempting to stop the Dynamic File Services Service, you should make sure that all there are no policy runs in progress. If policies are running, stop them from running on each of the affected pairs, wait for the each pair to report an idle status, then stop the service. For information, see Stopping the Dynamic File Services Service in the Novell Dynamic File Services: Installation and Administration Guide.

5.0 Documentation Conventions

In this documentation, a greater-than symbol (>) is used to separate actions within a step and items in a cross-reference path.

A trademark symbol (® ,™ , etc.) denotes a Novell trademark; an asterisk (*) denotes a third-party trademark