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By Q2Ggirl ·
I have a NetWare 5.0 server that is the home of all the user directories. I have several Windows 2000 workstations that access a MS Access database from a shared folder on the 5.0 server. The workstations are running the newest NetWare Client.
The users accessing the database only have 2 concurrent connections for their account. However, ever so often the database will lockup causing them to have to reboot their workstation and the server never releases their connection. So I end up with one that shows up 7 to 8 times in Monitor.

Is there a solution for this?

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by pierrejamme In reply to Mixing Windows2000 and Ne ...

Do you have the latest service pack installed, I beleive SP6a for 5.0 is found at:
http://support.novell.com/cgi-bin/search/searchtid.cgi?/2958185.htm.

As well as the 4.83 client?

Have you run dsrepair until clear?

The following is from the 5.1 manual, but should work as well for 5.0:
Using MONITOR to Clear the Connection
Select Available Options > Connections.

A list of active connections appears.

(Optional) To view a workstation's open files, select the workstation's connection.

After viewing files, press Esc to return to the Active Connections list.

Clear one or more connections, as follows:

To clear one connection, highlight the connection and press Delete. At the Clear Connection? prompt, select Yes.
To delete multiple connections, highlight each connection and press F5 to mark it. Then press Delete. At the Clear Connection? prompt, select Yes.
To clear all unused (not logged in) connections, press F6.

Deleted connections are no longer listed onthe Active Connections list.


It would seem the root of your problem is what is causing the lockups?? By shared, I hope you mean they all have the correct NetWare Rights enabled?
Do you run compression on this server, databases should never becompressed! Do you run a Virus Scanner on the Access, this also should be discouraged
Have you considered a network database such as MY SQL or SQL 7 or Oracle?

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by Q2Ggirl In reply to Mixing Windows2000 and Ne ...

Yes, I have Support Pack 6a installed as well as Client version 4.83 service pack 1. I know how to clear connections, the user is only allowed 2 concurrent connections, but in monitor the user is listed 8 times and several of the entries show database files that they were trying to access. No they are not going to purchase SQL or Oracle. And no compression is not set on the server.

Also I noticed that out of all 8 of the user connections, none of them have the * next to them. Normally one * for every account.

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by pgm554 In reply to Mixing Windows2000 and Ne ...

Make sure that client side caching is turned off on the file server.
There should be a statement in the autoexec.ncf file that says :

Set Client File Caching Enabled = OFF

You need to reboot the server, this is not a dynamic setting.

See TID at:

http://support.novell.com/cgi-bin/search/searchtid.cgi?/10051516.htm


This has been a ongoing issue for quite sometime.

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by pgm554 In reply to Mixing Windows2000 and Ne ...

Make sure that client side caching is turned off on the file server.
There should be a statement in the autoexec.ncf file that says :

Set Client File Caching Enabled = OFF

You need to reboot the server, this is not a dynamic setting.

See TID TID 10051516 at:

The URL doesn't work.

http://support.novell.com/cgi-bin/search/searchtid.cgi?/ 10051516.htm


This has been a ongoing issue for quite sometime.

The URL doesn't work.

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by Tim.Doyle In reply to Mixing Windows2000 and Ne ...

This is a common problem that has plagued Netware since NDS was released to production 10 years ago. My experience tells me that the watchdog doesn't really work very well and you're stuck clearing those connections out manually. You can do one oftwo things the way I see it. You can either tell those users to call you when they lockup and have to reboot so you can rconsole in and clear their dead connection or you can limit the number of simultaneous connections so the users will have to call you in order to get back in.

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by gyalch In reply to Mixing Windows2000 and Ne ...

You can change the watchdog settings in netware to check for live connections and timeout faster. Both of these settings can be found with SET or under monitor in the system parameters. One the thing to be careful of, if you set the tiemout to low, users will sometimes be kicked of the network if they appear idle for to long. I can't remember how but novell's site will tell you how to set the server to monitor and log watchdog logoffs. You might just need to set this and play with it. Hopethis helps.

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