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    recreating sys volume

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    by interface ·

    When a sys volume will not mount, as it keeps jumping to vrepair, sys and its subsequent data volumes are inaccessible to the clients, the mirrored drive will not mount as it has the same problem, how do you get back the information. Can you reinstall Netware and access the data?

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    • #3903132

      recreating sys volume

      by mstrankay ·

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      The VREPAIR utility should be allowed to perform its repair on the SYS volume and in some cases may need to be run several times to clear up all problems on the volume. You must then mount the SYS volume before clients can log into the server and access other volumes. If there has been a physical disk failure, all volumes on that physical disk will be affected. If both physical drives in a mirror set are damaged, you will probably have to rely on your backup tapes to restore your data. Remember that mirroring is not intended as a replacement for backups!

    • #3903130

      recreating sys volume

      by gregc ·

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      I agree with the first answer, you did not say what version of Netware you were dealing with. Be sure you have the latest version of Vrepair on your the C drive of your server and, if you have added name space to SYS Volume you will need to load thename space before running Vrepair, be sure it is the latest version also.
      1. Down the server and scan the dos partition for viruses.
      2. Remark everything in config.sys and everything but “cd\nwserver” and “server” from autoexec.bat.
      3. Boot the server with “server -ns -na -ndb” (if NetWare 3.x, don’t use the -ndb).
      4. Load the disk drivers.
      5. Make sure you have the latest version of vrepair.
      6. Load vrepair and set the following options:
      Write changes immediately to disk
      Purge deleted files

      At this point, if vrepair still can’t see the volumes, you have only the following three options:
      1. Restore from backup.
      2. Use a data recovery service (for example Ontrack Data Recovery Services).
      3. Use data recovery software. Ontrack has a demo

    • #3903122

      recreating sys volume

      by stanps ·

      In reply to recreating sys volume

      Assuming you have NW 4 or 5, and your volumes are not spanned, you can use the “upgrade mounted volumes into directory” option, in Install.nlm or Nwconfig.nlm.

      Hope this helps.

      Stan

    • #3903115

      recreating sys volume

      by duster52 ·

      In reply to recreating sys volume

      I agree with everyone else about VREPAIR. You should only reinstall netware if the entire server has completely crashed and you only have backups of the server. There is an option in INSTALL (or NWCONFIG for NW5) that allows you to copy system files. This will restore the SYSTEM and PUBLIC files to the server. However, it will restore them to a pre-patched condition. If you have to do this, you will need to recreate the AUTOEXEC.NCF, re-patch the server, and reinstall any third party products.

      I have had to do this when the entire SYSTEM and PUBLIC directories on one of my servers were deleted (no idea how, when, or by whom….)

      Good luck

    • #3903050

      recreating sys volume

      by miller6010 ·

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      If the server is NW3, I have seen cases where the vrepair that ships with Netware does not fix all problems. Make sure you have the latest from novell.com. Also in the case of mirrored drives I have had to break the mirror, run vrepair, mount the volume and re-mirror.

    • #3897352

      recreating sys volume

      by richard.mckinney ·

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      Be careful with the mirror set. If you need to break the mirror set, do SOMETHING with it, such as deleting one of them. I have had an instance where a mirror was broken and the old volume was left intact. Much later, after a 4.10 – 4.11 upgrade and several patches, the good mirror died and somehow the system came up on the old volume. What a mess!

      Assuming that you have a readable tape with the SYS volume, you can reinstall as a last resort.

      1. FDISK and reload the server from theNW CD as a new server.
      2. Install the tape software.
      3. Mount/Merge the tape and restore the SYS volume.
      4. When you reboot, you should be back wiht all the patches in place.

      Good Luck.

    • #3740215

      recreating sys volume

      by interface ·

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