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A good Netware troubleshooting utility

By bmackenna ·
Can anyone recommend where I can find a utility that will show me hardware problems on my 4.2 server. Lately it has had a problem that mimmicks an abend but there appears to be nothing wrong with the server itself; nothing recorded in the logs and is still fully functional with the exception of all users losing connection to it. I can safely down the server and bring it back up and everyone then connects ok. I'm leaning toward a NIC problem but I can't prove it. The NIC driver is bound to 802.2 and 802.3. I want something that will catch what is going on and catch it when it happens.

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by papachuck In reply to A good Netware troublesho ...

At http://www.novell.com/coolsolutions/freetools.html

is a program called NConsole V3. This is a analysis tool I have used to find out several stats on a Novell server. It has a 30 day two server eval that should get you the info you need. Canbe downloaded from above link....Hope it helps. Also you may want to try a "reset router" at the command prompt.... it may not be a abend but router configuration error. If you reset router and the users still can not connect the NConsole should tell you when the connection stopped. You also may want to look at the switch or hub the server is plugged into. If it is managed it may be losing the route to the server....When the NIC goes bad unplug it (the server should show it disconnect) then replug it in and the server should reconnect to the HUB.....Good Luck....Chuck

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by bmackenna In reply to A good Netware troublesho ...
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Use from Novell TABND2A.EXE. You find some ABEND troubleshooting information in it. With some .NLM for help, like CONFGNT.NLM.
It also describes which abends are likely caused by hardware.

If your systems ran fine before, consider the following:
is every network setting, infrastructure configuration, server software the same?

If Yes:
1) a volume or file corruption: run VREPAIR (or reinstall, but that's not always nice) (and also a corrupted file will also not found by VREPAIR of course, only replace can help)
2) a hardware fault, which doesn't occur coninuous or which is not critical.
Because: if hardware and software is the same and it runs fine, it (nearly) always runs fine.
Only a change can cause problems. If nobody did make a change, the change occurred automatically! A corrution or a fault is such a change!
Last but not least: you had only one or a few ABENDS. To prevent this, have the latest SP from the novell website loaded, even as the latsest drivers. Sometimes more than one i

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by rjc In reply to A good Netware troublesho ...

Try the Config Reader which you can download from Novell's Support Website. It can help diagnose problem area, such as interupts, out-of-date NLM's, etc...Here's the link:
http://support.novell.com/cgi-bin/search/search.pl?database_name=kb&type=HTML&docid=%03%26F163797%3a956795798%3a%20%28%20config%20reader%20%29%20%20%07%01%00&byte_count=7696

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by rjc In reply to A good Netware troublesho ...

You can definitely copy files from the login script. I use it to copy multiple files to workstation such as HOST files. Here's the syntax:

#ncopy \\vol2\sys\login\hosts c:\winnt\system32\drivers\etc
You can also use this command in a User Container login script.

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