I loved Tbackup.exe. Too bad it doesn't support long file names. I know there are plenty of great server based alternatives for backing up and restoring trustee rights, but ....

Recently I wanted to migrate a volume from a NetWare server to an OES2 Linux server. Sure, the consolidation utility will do that for me and take care of the trustee rights but what if it all goes horribly wrong? Never happens right?

All I wanted to be able to do was backup the trustee rights of the source volume, perform the migration, and then compare the destination trustees to my originals.

GPTrustee is a very simple windows application that from a Windows XP client with the NetWare client installed will allow you to backup trustee rights to a text file and restore trustee rights from a text file.

Trustee rights are stored in a plain text format, you can take a before and after and using a text file comparison tool such as Beyound Compare, check for differences.

GPTrustee is BASIC - it will backup and restore trustee rights of DIRECTORIES only. It will also not backup and restore extended attributes, IRF's etc. This was good enough for what I needed.

To Backup

  • Map a drive to the root of the NetWare volume you wish to backup the trustees of

  • Run GPTrustee and follow the prompts

To Restore

  • Map a drive to the root of the NetWare volume you wish to restore the trustees to (it must be the same drive letter as was used for the backup – check the backup log for this drive letter)

  • Run GPTrustee and follow the prompts

GPTrustee has only been tested with Windows XP SP3. It is provided in good faith on the chance it is useful to someone else. It has performed as described for me, but please, test it carefully in your environment to ensure it is suitable for you as it is supplied with no warranty expressed or implied.


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    Hi There,

    Another set of great tools is JRB Utilities. I have been using them for years and they have saved me hundreds of hours of work. It does what this utility does and just about everything else you want for any part of Novell Networking. It uses the client API for most everything so it does not matter if it is NetWare or Linux.

    During migrations I have had to do a recursive salvage on home directories and it worked like a champ.

    Anyone interested in tools for NetWare should check them out. The downside is that it costs money and the company is based out of New Zealand(harder to do PO's) but it is extremely cheap. When you send an email to support you get the developer directly(small shop:) which makes getting something fixed a whole lot faster and less hassle.

    I am right now in the process of migration and your tool works great!

    Thanks you very much, Peter