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This update fixes a number of issues with the Media Manager MM.NLM. Check the readme of this patch to see if you need this patch. I should not be able to save
This update fixes a number of issues with the Media Manager MM.NLM. Check the readme of this patch to see if you need this patch.  

Revision as of 19:39, 6 July 2007

This is a brief guide for installing this particular service-pack. As time moves on, post-SP patches will be added to this document. The information here is gleaned from Novell-provided information, and the collective wisdom of the Support Forums. Feel free to edit this page if you find errors or if you have additional information to provide. However if you have questions or comments, please post them on the discussion page.

Since the Service Pack was released on 6 November 2006, new patches have come out. The Service Pack as first shipped had a few major bugs in it. For the moment, it is still a bit early to give a final judgment on the quality of this particular support pack.

NW65SP6 has been released a bit out of sync of the normal "consolidated support pack" batch. It is only called NW65 SP6, but it is not OES SP3. OES SP3 will probably only be used for the next support pack that also updates OES Linux.

Installing NW65 SP6

Besides including all the post SP5 patches released prior to SP6, it also includes new functionality for a number of products included with NetWare 6.5.

Expand the Service Pack

Unlike previous support packs which were distributed as DOS/Windows executable files, NW65SP6 is being distributed as a ZIP file called NW65SP6.ZIP. This is very convenient as you can now extract it on any platform that has a tool to unzip files. For instance, you can copy NW65SP6.ZIP to a remote server and then run UNZIP.NLM from the server console to unzip it. It is recommended to unzip the support pack to the root of one of the server's volumes - it does not have to be SYS. All the support pack files except for the readme will then be in a subdirectory called NW65SP6.

Verify SERVER.EXE is present

Some Antivirus software is configured to consider SERVER.EXE to be spyware and will not allow it to hit disk. McAfee VirusScan is well known for this. Verify that the file is present where it should be, under nw65sp6\STARTUP\SERVER.EXE. With some unzip utilities, the symptom of the problem is that you get asked for a password to unzip the file. However the zip file is not password protected.

For details on this problem go here.

Disable Transactions on NSS volumes

In some cases, the server may abend at startup because of incompatibilities in the transaction tracking system between SP6 and earlier versions. This is documented in TID3463889. To avoid this problem, you should disable the transaction tracking system prior to installing SP6 by using the console command:

NSS /NoTransaction=ALL

Load NWCONFIG and apply the service pack

The method for installing a service pack through NWCONFIG is well documented in the README.

Reboot & Verify services

Reboot like you should and make sure things are working. If you had to uncomment things to get java unloaded, put them back here. If you've made any hand-edits to files such as httpd.conf verify their state before putting the server back into production.

Fix and reenable the transaction tracking system

To avoid potential problems with the transaction tracking system causing future abends as described in TID3463889, delete the file UXACTION.LOG from the root of every volume on your server where the file exists. If you need transaction tracking on one of your volumes, you can enable it again using the following command:

NSS /Transaction=volumename

Post SP6 Patches

Even though they have newer file dates, updates edir8739.exe, nipp426.exe and psm7.exe are all included in NW65SP6.

CIFS update

http://download.novell.com/SummaryFree.jsp?buildid=__wRf2APGHM~ This update is needed if you configure CIFS for domain mode authentication. The default CIFS.NLM will hang when using domain authentication and the version of CIFS.NLM included in the TOOLS directory of NW65SP6 will simply not load on an SP6 server.

NDPS/iPrint updates

iPrint was certainly the weakest part of NW65SP6 exposing most problems. Novell has created the following patch containing new versions of NDPSM.NLM, RMANSRVR.NLM and NDPSGW.NLM:


This is already the 5th post SP6 iPrint patch to fix the issues. While for NDPSM.NLM, there has only been a single update, there were already 4 different versions of NDPSGW.NLM. It remains to be seen whether Novell got it right this time. Here is the list of issues that are supposed to be fixed by the latest patch:




If you have any remaining "LPR communication" issues with this latest gateway, it is essential that you follow the debug procedure from TID3233501 as that is the only way you can make sure that Novell is made aware of your problem and can potentially fix it in future versions of NDPSGW.NLM. As a last resort, you can revert NDPSGW.NLM to the SP5 version, but only do this if the debugging steps don't produce any results.

If you made any changes to your iPrint configuration after installing SP6, don't backrev NDPSM.NLM to the SP5 version as there have been changes to the Manager database that make the SP5 version of NDPSM.NLM incompatible with SP6 servers.


http://support.novell.com/cgi-bin/search/searchtid.cgi?/2974976.htm and http://download.novell.com/Download?buildid=LJ1TCa6MS0w~

The first update fixes the REQUESTR.NLM abend described below under Abend issues. The second update fixes a LIBC performance issue introduced by the first patch. You need both fixes, as the 2nd does not include legacy libraries.

Media Manager


This update fixes a number of issues with the Media Manager MM.NLM. Check the readme of this patch to see if you need this patch.



This update fixes the ConsoleOne 1.3.6f issue mentioned below.

Note that this patch is only for the Windows version of ConsoleOne

Winsock files


This update should now fix all known winsock related abends, especially the spinlock abends described below under Abend issues.

Security Services 2.0.4

The Security Services 2.0.4 update is available from http://download.novell.com/Download?buildid=ttXNAk5nEeg~ contains new versions of the Certificate Server, NICI, NMAS and NTLS. It fixes a number of issues, for instance, the page fault abend in XENGEXP.NLM and the abend in APACHE2/NLDAP described below under Abend issues and the security issue described in TID3260550.

Portal.nlm update


The newer portal.nlm fixes a couple of abend issues related to the health screen or using the "Reports and Log" screen

Post SP6 known issues

SP6 has a few very annoying but easy to fix issues.

iManager update

SP6 includes iManager 2.6, but only installs iManager and all the iManager plugins if there is iManager 2.5 installed prior to the SP6 install. If you have iManager 2.0.2 or 2.6, then your iManager will not be touched. For more details, check TID3968737.

SP6 includes the IDM (Identitity Manager) 2.1 plugins for iManager. If you already have IDM 3.x installed, then tell the install not to update your iManager plugins as they might cause conflicts with your IDM 3.x plugins.

iManager storage plugin issues

When trying to use one of the storage related plugins (NSS, NFAP, NCS ...), you may get an error message like This user does not have the correct credentials to authenticate to the CIMOM client.
Before SP6, iManager used access to the _ADMIN volume to manage these components. With SP6, Novell introduced a new architecture where a a common plugin storagemgmt.npm does that communication with the server and now preferably uses OpenWbem/CIMOM to access the server and only uses the _ADMIN volume if CIMOM is not running on the server. Now the problem is that CIMOM uses LDAP authentication based on the user's uniqueID rather than the CN attribute. Especially users created with old tools like NWADMN32.EXE may not have their uniqueID set and therefore authentication will fail. This is the same situation as described in TID3153340 and the same solution applies. Another quick workaround is to not load openWbem on the server. This workaround is however less friendly for mobile iManager.

iPrint issues

iPrint is really the sore point of SP6, accounting for most of the problems with SP6.

The first iPrint issue is due to enhancements Novell made to the handling of deleted printers. Unfortunately, this was done in a non backwards-compatible way and you may get into trouble if you previously deleted and recreated iPrint printers prior to SP6. For more details on this issue and for an easy way to fix the broken printers, see TID3111078. There is now also a patch for the issue as noted above.

Most iPrint issues however are due to one single file NDPSGW.NLM, the Novell NDPS Gateway. The issues are now supposed to be fixed in the patch mentioned above. If you have any remaining issues with the gateway, make sure you perform the debugging steps and provide feedback to Novell.

Abend issues

At this time, there is at least 3 common abend issues in SP6. For 2 of them, patches are available:

  • Abend in NDPSGW.NLM. See the NDPS/iPrint update section for a patch that fixes the issue.
  • Abend in REQUESTR.NLM caused by broadcast messages. This is documented in TID3230967 and fixed by the LIBC update mentioned above. There are also two workarounds for this Abend if you don't want to apply the new LIBC update yet:
    • Backrev requestr.nlm to the version included in nwlig6g.exe.
    • Disable Server Broadcasts on the sending server by issuing the following command: "SET Disable Broadcast Notifications Process = ON"
  • Spinlock abends caused by the winsock modules. Novell has released updated winosck files which are supposed to fix the issue but it seems that for a number of users, the problems continue. Another solution is to backrev the winsock modules to their SP5 versions. This means the following 3 files should be used from SP5:
    • WS2_32.NLM
  • One apparently uncommon abend is in CIFSPROXY.NLM, possibly tied to ZenWorks 7 Middle Tier server on NetWare and Primary Domain Controller Mode (reproducible with Pre and Post SP6 CIFS Modules Installed). See Discussion tab for more details.
  • Page fault abend in XENGEXP.NLM when dealing with empty passwords. This is actually an abend caused by NMAS 3.1.2 and can also occur on servers with older support packs if the Security Services 2.0.3 update is installed. TID3316189 describes the abend and the fix is the Security Services 2.0.4 update mentioned above.
  • Abend while replaying Transaction Log file.
    If you did not follow the recommendation of disabling Transactions before installing SP6, then you may see this issue which is described in TID3463889. To fix the abend, it is not necessary to do the down server upgrade as described in the TID, but it is enough to copy NSS.NLM and the *.NSS files from NW65SP5 to the C:\NWSERVER directory of your server, then start the server with SERVER -na and from the server console, execute the command NSS /Notransaction=ALL. Then copy the SP6 version of the NSS modules to c:\nwserver again and reboot your server. Once running again, you should clean your transaction tracking system as described under Fix and reenable the transaction tracking system
  • Abends in portal.nlm (NoRM), TID3825523
    • divide error processor exception abend issue which could occur in the health screen
    • pagefault abend which could occur when accessing the remote manager's "Reports and Logs" option.
  • Abend in NDSINST.NLM (NDS instrumention module). This abend is actually not specifc to SP6 but also to older SPs. It has just been recently discovered. It can be caused by special SNMP requests to the server. The easiest way to avoid this abend is not to load the NetWare Management Agents (disable the line NMA5.NCF in AUTOEXEC.NCF), or if you need the management agents for soem SNMP based management tool, then make sure you change the community string so as to disable public SNMP access.

ConsoleOne 1.3.6f issue

Nw65SP6 will install ConsoleOne 1.3.6f on the server. This version of ConsoleOne has a bug when making users members of a group. Not all required attributes are set. For details, see the following discussion. The current workaround to the problem is to avoid managing group memberships with ConsoleOne 1.3.6f. Note that ConsoleOne 1.3.6e does not have this bug.

For more details, see TID3091197

There is now a patch for the issue.

Universal Password considerations

The following applies mainly to people who initially installed their server as NetWare 6.5 before OES was released (i.e. before SP3) and implemented Universal Password at that time. With the initial release Universal Password was managed with a couple of default password policies and iManager had a Universal Password option in the NMAS menu. Starting with OES and the inclusion of IDM2 components, Novell switched to the more elaborate password policy management found in the Password menu in iManager. However many people are not aware of these changes and continue to use the old method. It's only with the release of SP6 where Novell includes new iManager plugins that people suddenly see their Universal Password menu option disappear and they are wondering how to manage Universal Password now.

The proper way to proceed is now documented in the Novell Password Management 3.1 documentation and especially in section 3.3.1.

Driver issues

The QL2X00.HAM driver included with SP6 does not work at all with certain Qlogic cards. It will fail to load with the message SERVER-5.70-1553: Module initialization failed. The solution in that case is to use a previous version of the driver or check the Qlogic web site to see if in the meantime, they have a newer driver that works.

In addition with IBM 4GB fibre networks, the IBM recommended version of 6.90h will not work with the LISMPE multipath solution. The fix is to use the QL2X00 driver available from Qlogic version 6.90o or later.

DST Java issues

  • NW65SP6 does not contain any Java updates that fix the Java DST issues. Furthermore, the various java update methods for making it DST ready do not leave a version stamp in the product database. As such, if you applied any Java patches before SP6, install SP6 will overwrite those Java patches and will revert your Java to a non DST ready version. This applies both to the server and the ConsoleOne versions of Java.
  • There are certain conditions that can cause a memory leak in JSOCK6X.NLM

Both of the above issues are fixed by JVM 1.4.2_13