ConsoleOne is quickly becoming the primary network management tool for NetWare networks. The JAVA-based utility has inherited the functionality of NDS Manager and NetWare Administrator, and all of Novell’s new products will have ConsoleOne snap-ins. In this article, you’ll learn how to use ConsoleOne to create and merge NDS partitions.

Partition and replica view
Upon launching ConsoleOne, you’ll see the main screen, which will be similar to the one shown in Figure A. You’ll use the left pane to navigate through the container hierarchy and the right pane to manage specific resources. Notice that we’ve made the Rhythm-Inc tree into an NDS partition, as indicated by the small icon that appears beside it.

Figure A
The ConsoleOne main screen

Managing NDS partitions requires you to change the ConsoleOne view. To do this, click the View menu and choose Partition And Replica View. ConsoleOne will then read the replica information and display the replica ring for the highlighted partition in the right pane, as shown in Figure B.

Figure B
The replica ring for the highlighted partition

Creating an NDS partition with ConsoleOne is a relatively straightforward process. However, you should exercise caution whenever you work with NDS partitions. The procedures may seem easy, but you do not want to compound an existing problem. NDS is the heart of your network, and you should exercise extreme caution when you change the partition scheme. Before modifying the partitions, make sure there are no synchronization errors. If you do find problems, you must resolve them before making any partition changes.
Creating and merging partitions
To create a new partition, highlight the container that will become the new partition and then select Create Partition from the Edit menu. After initiating the procedure, you will be asked to verify that the container being designated as the new partition is correct, as shown in Figure C.

Figure C
Verifying that the selected container is correct

Assuming the information in the dialog box is correct, click OK to continue. ConsoleOne will then read the replica information and create the partition. In Figure D, the Drums container is now a partition, as denoted by the partition icon and the replica ring that is displayed when the container is highlighted.

Figure D
The Drums container is now a partition.

The procedure for merging partitions is very similar to the procedure for creating them. First, choose Merge Partition from the Edit menu. Once again, you will see a dialog box asking you to verify that the partition information being displayed is accurate, as shown in Figure E.

Figure E
Verifying that the partition information is accurate

Click OK, and ConsoleOne will display another dialog box while it reads the replica information. You can close this box without affecting the merge, but I would refrain from using the Cancel button to stop the merge at this point. If the operation you’re performing is not correct, you can always create the partition again. Once ConsoleOne completes the merge, it will refresh the tree, and you will no longer see the container being displayed with the partition icon.

This brief overview has demonstrated how ConsoleOne can help you create and merge NDS partitions. Stop back next week to learn how you can manage NDS replicas using ConsoleOne.
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