11.1 Guidelines for Moving Devices Cross-Platform

You can move devices containing NSS volumes between NetWare servers and OES 2 Linux servers. When you move an unshared device to a different server, you must decommission its volumes in eDirectory™ for the current server, then recommission them for the new server. For shared NSS pools and volumes, Novell Cluster Services™ provides this service automatically.

11.1.1 Media Format

The NSS media upgrade for enhanced hard links support is available for the following operating platforms (and later versions):

  • Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 Linux and NetWare

  • Novell Open Enterprise Server 1 SP1 NetWare

  • NetWare® 6.5 SP4

The media upgrade is not available on OES 1 Linux, NetWare 6.5 SP3, and earlier versions. You cannot move a device that has been upgraded to the new media format to a platform that does not support it. For information about the media format upgrade, see Section 4.0, Upgrading the NSS Media Format.

11.1.2 Pool Snapshots

Different pool snapshot technologies are used for NSS pools on NetWare and NSS pools on Linux. You can create pool snapshots on either platform, but the snapshots are unusable if you move the devices cross-platform.and are invalid if you move the volume back.

WARNING:Before moving a device cross-platform make sure to delete any existing pool snapshots for all pools on it. You might not be able to see the original pools on the Linux platform if you do not delete the snapshots before moving the device.

11.1.3 Cross-Platform Issues

For information about differences to expect when using NSS cross-platform, see Section 7.0, Cross-Platform Issues for NSS.