NetWare Troubleshooting

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NetWare

Checking the reachability of the TSA services

Problem 1

  • Determining all available TSAs of a NetWare/OES Server.

Solution

  • On a NetWare Server (the sbc_smdr command must be executed on a machine with the sesam-novell-client package installed):
 #> /opt/sesam/bin/sesam/sbc_smdr -D -N "nw1:::admin.admins.mydomain:novell:0" "/NetWare"
 2007-03-21 16:42:50: sbc-3500: Info:     ::/NetWare
 2007-03-21 16:42:50: sbc-3036: Info:     
 # @(#)SESAM BACKUP CLIENT FOR NETWARE FILE SYSTEMS, VERSION: 1.8R3 
 Build: 1.161 20070320 17:31:00 Linux i386 abas #
 2007-03-21 16:42:50: sbc-3074: Info:     Backup start time [20070321164250]
 2007-03-21 16:42:50: sbc-3500: Info:     Starting Session "SESAM SBC_NLM Session" ...
 2007-03-21 16:42:52: sbc-3500: Info:     NW1.NetWare File System 
 "NW1.NetWare File System" d_ 2000.01.01 00:00:00 2000.01.01 00:00:00 4096 - ,
 2007-03-21 16:42:52: sbc-3500: Info:     NW1.Novell Directory 
 "NW1.Novell Directory" d_ 2000.01.01 00:00:00 2000.01.01 00:00:00 4096 - ,

In this case, the TSAFS (NW1.NetWare File System) and TSANDS (NW1.Novell Directory) are loaded.

  • On an OES(2)-Linux server:
 #> /opt/sesam/bin/sesam/sbc_smdr -D -N "oesnix1::oesnix1:backup:novell:0" "/NetWare"
 2007-03-21 15:55:01: sbc-3500: Info:     ::/NetWare
 2007-03-21 15:55:01: sbc-3036: Info:     # @(#)SESAM BACKUP CLIENT FOR NETWARE FILE SYSTEMS, VERSION: 1.8R3 Build: 1.161 20070320 17:31:00 Linux i386 abas #
 2007-03-21 15:55:01: sbc-3074: Info:     Backup start time [20070321155501]
 2007-03-21 15:55:01: sbc-3500: Info:     Starting Session "SESAM SBC_NLM Session" ...
 2007-03-21 15:55:01: sbc-3500: Info:     OESNIX1.GroupWise System 
 "OESNIX1.GroupWise System" d_ 2000.01.01 00:00:00 2000.01.01 00:00:00 4096 - ,
 2007-03-21 15:55:01: sbc-3500: Info:     OESNIX1.Linux File System
 "OESNIX1.Linux File System" d_ 2000.01.01 00:00:00 2000.01.01 00:00:00 4096 - ,

The TSAFSGW (OESNIX1.GroupWise System) and TSAFS (OESNIX1.Linux File System) are loaded.

Problem 2

  • Determining the sources (resources) of a Target Service File System.

Solution

  • Depending on your installed services, these TSA's are visible:
    • NetWare File System
    • Linux File System
    • GroupWise System
    • Novell Directory
    • iFolder Store
    • Linux Cluster File System
    • NetWare Cluster File System
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To enable debug mode for TSA, see Enabling the Debug Options in TSAFS on OES Linux.

Unable to browse or backup a NetWare Server

Problem

  • It is not possible to browse or back up a NetWare Server.

Possible causes

  • No TSA is loaded, or
  • The wrong data mover was inserted.

Solution

  • Restart the NetWare file system with unload TSAFS and load TSAFS.
  • Edit the properties of the NetWare Server in SEP sesam and adjust the data mover in the NetWare Access tab.

Sesam Error: Client returns no data

Problem

  • Th following error message appears in /var/log/messages on OES Linux client:
 nds_nss_GetGroupsbyMember: failed to init socket, status = 0
 nds_nss_GetPwdbyName: init sock returned 0
 nds_nss_GetPwdbyName: init sock returned 0
 nds_nss_GetPwdbyName: init sock returned 0

Solution

  • Fix the lum setup so that eDirectory authentication can complete.

Error messages during a backup

Message 1

  • (0XFFFDFFD7) "Login denied".

Possible causes

  • Invalid username or password.

Solution

  • Edit the properties of the client in SEP sesam and adjust the login data in the NetWare Access and Novell SMS tabs.

Message 2

  • (0XFFFDFFCD) "A data stream cannot be opened." "Unable to open a data stream."

Possible causes

  • The user does not have permission to access all data.

Solution

  • Change the user name or adjust the permissions.

Message 3

  • 0XFFFEFFCC) "Could not write an object to NDS or write to a stream", or
  • (0XFFFEFFB1) "Connection to remote host is lost. Remote host might have disconnected."

Possible causes

  • The TSA or the smdr deamon is not running.

Solution

  • Check TSA with opt/novell/sms/bin/smsconfig -t.

Message 4

  • (0XFFFDFFDC) "An invalid path was used."

Possible causes

  • A wrong backup path was used or the TSAFS was loaded in an incorrect mode.

Solution

  • In the event of --tsamode=dual, it is possible to simply use a Linux path.
  • The source NetWare server backs up all existing volumes respectively.
  • "VOL-NAME:" backs up a specific volume when using --tsamode=netware.
  • The option --tsamode=linux supports path to the volumes/volumename only.
  • In the event of a restore, insufficient access rights could be a reason for this message.

Files are locked after backup, server freezes

Problem

  • Files are locked for several minutes after a backup and the server freezes spontaneously, requiring a reset.

Solution

  • Update the sesam-novell-client to version 3.4.1.78 or higher to solve this problem.

File-based backup is faster than Novell volume backup

Problem

  • The file-based backup is faster than the Novell volume backup.

Solution

  • Disabling the TSA-cache will increase the performance of a Novell-based backup and also decrease the system load.
  • Edit the file /etc/opt/novell/sms/tsafs.conf, change the line "cachingmode=enable" to "cachingmode=disable" and apply the settings with rcnovell-smdrd restart.

Checking the performance and availability of a NSS volume via tsatest on OES2

  • Back up the resource '/' using the supplied credentials.
  • tsatest -u root -p unsecure
    
  • Back up the resource /home using the supplied credentials.
  • tsatest --path=/home -u root -p unsecure
    
  • Back up the NetWare target SYS:\SYSTEM on ACME_SERVER using the supplied credentials.
  • tsatest -s ACME_SERVER -v SYS: --path=SYSTEM -u root -p unsecure
    
  • Back up the '/' resource using the supplied credentials and a buffer size of 131072 bytes.
  • tsatest -b 131072 -u root -p unsecure
    
  • Back up the resource '/' on server ACME_SERVER using the supplied credentials. This will perform a remote backup if ACME_SERVER is not the server on which tsatest is loaded/executed.
  • tsatest -s ACME_SERVER -u root -p unsecure
    
  • Back up the resource /proc/usb using the supplied credentials. Excludes all datastreams and extended attributes. The value 6144 is arrived by a bitwise ORing of the values for NWSM_EXCLUDE_EXTENDED_ATTRIBUTS (0x0800) and NWSM_EXCLUDE_DATA_STREAMS (0x1000).
  • tsatest --path=/proc/usb -u root -p unsecure -c 6144 
    
  • Back up the NetWare virtual server node represented by CLUSTER_OBJECT_CLUSTERPOOL_SERVER.
  • tsatest --cluster -s CLUSTER_OBJECT_CLUSTERPOOL_SERVER
    
  • Back up the specified volume, RESOURCE_ON_THE_CLUSTER_POOL on the NetWare virtual server node represented by CLUSTER_OBJECT_CLUSTERPOOL_SERVER.
  • tsatest --cluster -s CLUSTER_OBJECT_CLUSTERPOOL_SERVER -v RESOURCE_ON_THE_CLUSTER_POOL
    

To check the performance on a NetWare Server, use these instructions: http://support.novell.com/docs/Tids/Solutions/10092890.html

See also

GroupWiseMicro Focus