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Preparing an NDS tree for 5.1 using Deployment Manager

If you're a NetWare administrator who has never used Deployment Manager, let Steven Pittsley walk you through the steps for preparing an NDS tree for NetWare 5.1.


If you’re planning to install a NetWare 5.1 file server on your network, you should become familiar with Novell’s Deployment Manager. This slick utility lets you prepare an existing NDS tree for NetWare 5.1. In this article, we will take a quick look at how you can use Deployment Manager to prepare your network for the implementation of a NetWare 5.1 file server.

Deployment Manager overview
You run Deployment Manager from a workstation by executing NWDEPLOY.EXE, which is located at the root of the installation CD-ROM. Figure A shows the options that are available under Network Preparation.

Figure A
The Network Preparation section guides you through the steps for preparing your network for NetWare 5.1 installation using Deployment Manager.


Step 1: Back up data
Regardless of the backup software you’re using, be sure to perform at least one verified full backup, including the NDS, before using Deployment Manager to make changes to your network. If you already have a third-party backup software package in use, you can skip this step.

Step 2: View And Update NDS Versions
To prepare either NDS 7 or NDS 8 for NetWare 5.1 installation, double-click Step 2: View And Update NDS Versions. Then, follow these steps:
  1. Browse to the container where your server is located.
  2. Select the server(s) to be updated. Ensure that Update NDS is checked.
  3. Once the new NDS files have been copied to the file server(s), you must restart NDS. (Clicking the Next button will do this.)
  4. Click Exit to complete the procedure.

Figure B shows the selected server to be updated.

Figure B
Once the new NDS files have been copied to the selected file server(s), click Next to restart NDS.


Step 3: Prepare For NDS 8 (Required for NDS 8)
Now you’re ready for Step 3: Prepare For NDS 8 (Required for NDS 8), which lets you extend the NDS schema. (If you’re not going to use this NDS version, you can skip this step.) Just follow the procedure shown below to prepare for NDS 8.
  1. Double-click on Step 3: Prepare For NDS 8 (Required For NDS 8).
  2. Browse to the tree you’re going to prepare.
  3. Browse to a server that contains a Read/Write replica of the [ROOT] partition of the NDS tree, as shown in Figure C.
  4. Click Exit to complete the procedure.

Figure C
We browsed the NDS Tree to find the RHYTHM-INC server.


Step 4: Novell Licensing Services
Once you’ve prepared NDS for NetWare 5.1, you can turn your attention to the new Novell Licensing Service (NLS), which must be installed before you can upgrade to NetWare 5.1. To update NLS on your servers, double-click on Step 4: Novell Licensing Services and follow these steps:
  • Double-click on View And Update Novell Licensing Services (NLS).
  • Browse to the container where the file server is located.
  • Highlight the server(s) that NLS will be updated on and ensure that Update NLS has been selected, as shown in Figure D.
  • Click Finish.
  • Click Exit to complete the procedure.

Figure D
NLS will be updated to version 5.0.3 on the RHYTHM01 server.


Step 5: Update The Certificate Authority (CA) Object
This brings us to Step 5: Update The Certificate Authority (CA) Object. This step will explain what the Certificate Authority is and help you determine whether you must upgrade to Novell Certificate Server 2.0. If the organizational CA is not present, as would be the case in a NetWare 4.11 upgrade, you can skip this step. An organizational CA will be automatically created during the installation process.

In addition to the steps listed above, I recommend doing a VREPAIR on all the volumes and running DSREPAIR. You should resolve all the errors that these utilities uncover before making changes with Deployment Manager.

Steve Pittsley is a CNE and desktop analyst for a Milwaukee hospital. He enjoys playing drums, bowling, and most sports.

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