Upgrade options for Upgrading a Server to NetWare 6

  • 10066060
  • NOVL63564
  • 13-Nov-2001
  • 07-Jul-2005

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Fact

Novell NetWare 6.0

Upgrade 5.1 to NetWare 6

Symptom

Upgrade options for Upgrading a Server to NetWare 6

Fix

There are several methods available for upgrading a server from earlier versions of NetWare to NetWare 6.0.

1. NetWare Accelerated Upgrade
2. Migration Wizard
3. DSMAINT
4. In-place upgrade
        
The Pro's and Con's for each method are discussed below.

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1. NetWare Accelerated Upgrade is useful for organizations that need to upgrade a large number of identical servers in a very short time. This process uses a basic existing response file to answer the questions that are normally answered interactively during the installation.

The way to use the Accelerated Upgrade is to run it from a Windows Workstation by launching  ACCUPG.exe on the root of the NetWare 6 CD.  

Preparatory steps:
Copy the NetWare 6 NICI file (copy the #.nfk file, rename it to NICIFK No extension) to the SYS:system directory before starting.

Pro's for NetWare Accelerated Upgrade:
-FAST · OS only is upgraded with  NDS and  SMS.  No Licensing is installed.
-Minimal Disk space required on SYS Volume · 180 Meg of free space

Con's for NetWare Accelerated Upgrade:
-Not recommended for the first NetWare 6 server in the tree
-Many Post install tasks,  adding additional Products
-Unload all products running on the server, GroupWise, ZenWorks, backups etc.
-Printing will not migrate if NDS Upgrade is from NDS6 to NDS8, but other NDS 8-->8, 7-->7 versions will bring printing across.

For more information see - NetWare Accelerated Upgrade online documentation.

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2.  Migration Wizard 6.0 is a client utility that runs on a Windows workstation which can perform an across-the-wire migration from an existing NetWare 3.x, 4.x or 5.x server to new hardware running NetWare 5.1/NetWare 6.  This method is best for upgrading servers that are being replaced with new hardware as part of the upgrade process.
 
In order to create the Source NetWare 6 server, the Install Selection choice has to be ·Pre-Migration·.  (See In-Place install choices in section 4)

Pro's for Migration Wizard:
-Many verifications of the health of NDS, Server, and communications before the migration occurs. If the verifications fail then the Migration Wizard will not continue.
-Old hardware is still available to backup to in case a problem does occur.
-Migration can be done in stages. Can copy users' data multiple times.

Con's for Migration Wizard:
-Printing will not migrate if NDS Upgrade is from NDS6 to NDS8, but other NDS 8-->8, 7-->7 versions will bring printing across.
-Existing install NLM software applications are not migrated and need to be reinstalled. (GroupWise, ZenWorks, Backup software). (Note that for GroupWise, all the required database files and DS objects are migrated, but the NLMs and related files are moved to sys:sys.mig/system. You can copy them from there or reinstall the agents)
-NetWare Distributed Printing Services (NDPS) printing will migrate fine; however, migrating queue-based printing requires some manual work.
--A.  Delete the Queues directory on the destination server before copying the source server's volumes.
--B.  Recreate the Print Server objects that service Bindery-Reference queues.

For more information see - Migration Wizard online documentation.

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3.   DSMAINT is a utility that ships as part of the NetWare 4.x and 5.x Server Operating System. This utility allows you to make a backup copy of th.e NDS database on a server and restore that database to new hardware running the same Server OS version. This is a fast way to upgrade to new hardware.  Once DSMAINT has been completed, you will need to do an In-Place upgrade to upgrade to NetWare 6.  See Step 4 below for information on an In-place upgrade.

Pro's for DSMAINT
-Very few steps to accomplish the NDS transfer.

For information on DSMAINT see TID# 10010933 - Novell DSMAINT Procedure

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4. An In-place upgrade can be preformed on fully patched NetWare 4.11/5.x servers. This is the method recommended by Novell to upgrade existing servers if the server meets hardware requirements for NetWare 6.  

Express Install- 18 Products typically install
Custom Install- 16 Products with Options on the rest of the 14 products
Express Upgrade- 16 Products
Custom Upgrade- 16 Products with Options on the rest of the 14 products
Pre-Migration- SAS/NICI, Pervasive SQL, NDS, eDirectory, Licensing, ConsoleOne, LDAP & SMS        

Pro's for In-Place Upgrade
-Verifies and extends NDS schema for NetWare 6
-Uses existing hardware
-NetWare Distributed Printing Services (NDPS) printing will migrate fine
-If used with the Response File, it can be an unattended Install (see Response File below)
     
Con's for In-Place Upgrade:
-There is no easy way to backout of a failed inplace upgrade, other than backups of the C:\ NWSERVER  directory and tape backups of the server volumes.
-Migrating queue-based printing requires some manual work.
---A.  Delete the Queues directory on the destination server before copying the source server's volumes.
---B.  Recreate the Print Server objects that service Bindery-Reference queues.

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Note:  Response Files can be run with Inplace Upgrades. After one server is installed, do the following steps:
A.  Copy the SYS:\ni\data\response.ni to a workstation and make modifications See  TID# 10062874 TID# 10062874 - Unattended Install or Upgrade using a response file.
B. When installing a server with similar hardware, change the server name and the ServerID and any server specific information in the response.ni file.     
C.  Copy the response.ni to a floppy or the server's hard drive
D.  Run the install with the install /rf=c:\response.ni  or run install and on the install server screen press F3.

Pro's for using a Response File:
-Unattended installs are faster without waiting for user input.
-No user intervention to make a mistakes.  All settings in a response file.  

Con's for using a Response File:
-If doing multiple response files for multiple servers, the LAN IP and Server ID needs to be unique for each file.
-The hardware needs to be similar on servers running the response file with the original server that created the response file.
-Printing will not migrate if NDS Upgrade is from NDS6 to NDS8, but other NDS 8-->8, 7-->7 versions will bring printing across.
-NetWare Distributed Printing Services (NDPS) printing will migrate fine; however, migrating queue-based printing requires some manual work. First, you must delete the Queues directory on the destination server before copying the source server's volumes. Next you must recreate the Print Server objects that service Bindery-Reference queues..

Reference info: https://support.novell.com/techcenter/articles/ana20011002.html