MTecknology Absent Member.
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Destroyed Netware 6.0 Volumes

The person that manages our Novell NetWare 6.0 server was unaware of the 2TB drive limit. We grew the drives past this limit and were able to continue writing data to the disks. We had some peculiar issues (memory errors) shortly after. Still unaware of the cause, he rebooted the box thinking that would resolve the issue. Instead, we wound up with no volumes detected. We could still see the disks.

At this point, we reverted the disks back to the state they were in about a month ago. We're now attempting to restore all the data from tape up until as recent as possible.

While doing the restore works, it's extremely slow. It's looking like it'll take us at least a half a month just to restore the data back up to the most recent point.

So.....
I'm wondering if we could attempt to rescue the data from the disks that grew too large. It wouldn't be too much effort to make an additional copy of the NetWare server and get copies of the overly-large disks (LUNs) attached.

Any advice is hugely appreciated. We're kind of in a bind over this issue. Hopefully management finally gives us the budget we need. Thanks in advance!
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Re: Destroyed Netware 6.0 Volumes

MTecknology wrote:

> The person that manages our Novell NetWare 6.0 server was unaware of the
> 2TB drive limit. We grew the drives past this limit and were able to
> continue writing data to the disks. We had some peculiar issues (memory
> errors) shortly after. Still unaware of the cause, he rebooted the box
> thinking that would resolve the issue. Instead, we wound up with no
> volumes detected. We could still see the disks.
>
> At this point, we reverted the disks back to the state they were in
> about a month ago. We're now attempting to restore all the data from
> tape up until as recent as possible.
>
> While doing the restore works, it's extremely slow. It's looking like
> it'll take us at least a half a month just to restore the data back up
> to the most recent point.
>
> So.....
> I'm wondering if we could attempt to rescue the data from the disks
> that grew too large. It wouldn't be too much effort to make an
> additional copy of the NetWare server and get copies of the overly-large
> disks (LUNs) attached.
>
> Any advice is hugely appreciated. We're kind of in a bind over this
> issue. Hopefully management finally gives us the budget we need. Thanks
> in advance!


Did you create the volume using Novell Storage Services (NSS) or
Traditional File Services (TFS)?

If the latter then perhaps consider mounting the disk with the NSS volume
in a server running Open Enterprise Server (OES). Hopefully that would be
enough to at least be able to access the data.

HTH.
--
Simon
Novell/SUSE/NetIQ Knowledge Partner
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MTecknology Absent Member.
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Re: Destroyed Netware 6.0 Volumes

I'm fairly certain that these volumes were created within the nssmu utility. I tried purchasing Stellar Phoenix Novell and it seemed like it was going to be the magic trick, but after ten hours of waiting for it and seeing that it hasn't even touched the second 2TB volume, I'm less hopeful that any magic will happen.

We don't have any OES sever. Would it be perhaps possible to deploy one temporarily? (We really need to get this thing migrated to OES...)
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HvdHeuvel Absent Member.
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Re: Destroyed Netware 6.0 Volumes

On Sun, 03 Mar 2013 05:26:01 +0000, MTecknology wrote:

Hi MTecknology

> I'm fairly certain that these volumes were created within the nssmu
> utility. I tried purchasing Stellar Phoenix Novell and it seemed like it
> was going to be the magic trick, but after ten hours of waiting for it
> and seeing that it hasn't even touched the second 2TB volume, I'm less
> hopeful that any magic will happen.
>
> We don't have any OES sever. Would it be perhaps possible to deploy one
> temporarily? (We really need to get this thing migrated to OES...)


If you have the ability to open a Service Request with Technical Support,
we *may* be able to dial-in and manually fix the partition issues.

We cannot guarantee anything as there are many unknown factors here that
may influence this.

Thanks
Hans
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Re: Destroyed Netware 6.0 Volumes

The alternative would be to contact a data recovery service, such as Portlock.

Andrew C Taubman (Sorry, support is not provided via e-mail) Opinions expressed above are not necessarily those of Micro Focus.
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