Novell NetWare 6.5
Novell NetWare NFS Server (XNFS.NLM)
NFS client processes failing after OES NetWare SP1 is
NFS client processes which rely on creating new hard links fail
after OES NetWare SP1 is applied.
Enabling hard link support for NFS after applying OES NetWare SP1
(NetWare 6.5 SP4) or higher.
The method of supporting hard links changed in OES NetWare
SP1. To enable hard link support, use the following
1. At the client that is mounting the NFS share, use of NFS
v3. NetWare NFS allows hard links in NFS v3 but is not
expected to support hard links in NFS v2 until NetWare 6.5
2. To be able to create hard links on OES NetWare SP1 or NetWare
6.5 SP4, the NSS media format needs to be converted from "beast2"
to "beast3". Once an NSS volume is converted to the new media
format, it cannot be migrated back. So the following steps are
a. Make sure that all NetWare services are working as expected
after OES SP1 / NW 6.5 SP4. Once the media format is changed on a
volume, the server cannot simply be rolled back to the previous
b. Make sure to have a complete backup of the
volume(s) to be converted. The only way to get back to a previous
media format is to delete the volume, create a new one under theold media format, and restore.
c. For more details and for instructions to migrate
the media format and enable hard link support on a volume or
volumes, refer to NSS section of the OES SP1 Online
Documentation. The NetWare 6.5 documentation will not have this
information, as that documentation only goes up to NetWare 6.5 SP3.
For documentation purposes, NetWare 6.5 SP4 should be treated as
OES NetWare SP1. The two sections to carefully become familiar with
are "Upgrading the Media Format for OES SP1 and NetWare 6.5 SP4"
and "Managing Hard Links."