Inplace upgrade from Netware 6 to 6.5 takes sensibly longer when DNS/DHCP component is selected

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  • 21-Feb-2007
  • 27-Apr-2012


Novell NetWare 6.0
Novell NetWare 6.5 Support Pack 5


In a complex tree structure, doing an inplace upgrade of a server from Netware 6 to Netware 6.5 can take much longer if DNS/DHCP is selected. If the upgrade is done in a location close to servers holding all replicas in the tree, the effect is not that obvious, but if it's done over a WAN link, a sensible delay can be perceived.

During installation, the DNS/DHCP installation routine checks for a locator object starting at [ROOT]. It'll continue searching down the Tree until it finds a locator object which holds the upgraded servers name and context in its properties. No matter if DNS/DHCP is configured or not, the search will be performed.


There is currently no fix available for this issue, only two possible workarounds: either remove the DNS/DHCP component from the product list to be installed, if it's not necessary, or configure a DNS/DHCP server with an empty zone, to avoid the installation to browse the entire Tree.