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.
The overlay CDs and DVD for SP7 were released on 5 October 2007 as part of the release of OES2 (Open Enterprise Server 2) and the standalone version for updating existing NetWare 6.5 servers was released on 9 October 2007, about 11 months after SP6.
For the moment, it is still a bit early to give a final judgment on the quality of this particular support pack.
- 1 What's new in SP7
- 2 Installing NW65 SP7
- 3 Post SP7 Patches
- 4 Post SP7 known issues
What's new in SP7
beside the usual patches and fixes, the following changes in functionality or major updates are included in SP7:
- for new installs, the SP7 overlays will now install eDirectory 8.8 SP2 (previously, the overlays always installed eDirectory 8.7.3.x). A support pack install will not upgrade your eDirectory to 8.8.2 but instead just patch it to the latest 8.7.3.x patch level.
- The overlay version of SP7 can be installed as a virtual machine under Xen on a SLES 10 SP1 server
- SP7 includes iManager 2.7. iManager 2.7 includes some significant enhancements like a full tree view and support for browsing the file system and managing files system rights. iManager 2.7 will only be installed automatically if you have been using iManager 2.5 or 2.6 before. If the server is still running iManager 2.02, then iManager will not be upgraded. For more information, see http://www.novell.com/documentation/oes2/inst_oes_nw/data/buymz1k.html#b6xhr3v
- Support for Windows Vista in iPrint. Vista support does not yet support all features that exist for XP workstations. For details, see http://www.novell.com/documentation/oes2/iprint_nw/data/boeyh9p.html#bbn7dyz
- the overlay CDs are no longer supported for upgrades from previous NetWare versions. If you want to upgrade a NetWare 5.1 or 6.0 server to 6.5 SP7, you will first have to upgrade with an SP6 overlay CD and then install SP7 on top of it. For details, see http://www.novell.com/documentation/oes2/inst_oes_nw/data/buymz1k.html
Installing NW65 SP7
Besides including all the post SP6 patches released prior to SP7, it also includes new functionality for a number of products included with NetWare 6.5.
The main download URL for SP7 is http://download.novell.com/Download?buildid=vAIyb4R70b4~ this is the file you need to update existing servers.
If you want to install new servers using the overlay CDs that include SP7, either use the 2 CD images NW65OSSP7.iso and NW65PRODSP7.iso or the DVD image NW65SP7_OVL_DVD.iso available at http://download.novell.com/Download?buildid=GsODlkBPM2g~
Expand the Service Pack
Just like SP6, NW65SP7 is being distributed as a ZIP file called NW65SP7.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 NW65SP7.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 NW65SP7.
Verify SERVER.EXE is present
Some Antivirus software is configured to consider any .EXE file to be potential spyware and will not allow it to be written to a directory called STARTUP. McAfee VirusScan is well known for this. Verify that the file is present where it should be, under nw65sp7\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. If you are not yet on SP6, to avoid this problem, you should disable the transaction tracking system prior to installing SP7 by using the console command:
If you want to upgrade from SP6 to SP7, this problem should not affect you.
Load NWCONFIG and apply the service pack
The method for installing a service pack through NWCONFIG is well documented in the README. Here are just some comments on the questions asked during the SP install
Backup files replaced by NetWare Support Pack?
If you reply "yes" to this question, a backup of all the files replaced by SP7 will be made. You can later back out SP7 if you did the backup. I would strongly recommend always selecting the backup option unless you really have too little space left on your SYS volume. You can always delete the BACKSP7 directory later if you see that you don't need the backup. If you apply SP7 several times, you should only use the backup option on the first SP7 install and disable it on later installs.
Do you want to Update the Storage/LAN/PSM/WAN drivers currently in use?
It is highly recommended that you always enable the option to update drivers. People are often reluctant to enable this option because they are not sure the drivers included with SP7 do really work with their hardware. This however leads to many people having subtle problems later on because of outdated drivers. While it sometimes happens that drivers included with SP7 are incompatible with the hardware being used, the failure is generally immediate and you can manually backrev the specific driver that failed. If you don't use the driver update option, you will also miss out the important updates on Novell drivers like IDEATA.HAM, IDECD.CDM and SCSIHD.CDM. Generally, you should not just allow SP7 to update your drivers, but you should also take advantage of the SP install to check your hardware vendor for updated drivers and firmware.
Do you want to install iManager plugins now?
(work in progress. This needs to be updated for SP7)
Reboot the server after copying files?
You should install SP7 when users are not working on your server and you should reboot after installing the SP. Enabling the reboot option will cause the reboot to occur automatically after the SP install. Note however that open files can force you to confirm the reboot on the server console.
The main purpose of the login prompt is to extend the schema of your tree. That means the user you specify at the login prompt should not just have supervisor rights to this server, but it needs supervisor access to the root of the tree, at least for the first SP7 you install into your tree.
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:
Post SP7 Patches
none so far
Post SP7 known issues
Plugins incompatible with iManager 2.7 (Bordermanager)
If you have products like Bordermanager for which there are no iManager 2.7 plugins available yet, the fact that SP7 installs iManager 2.7 can bring you in the bad situation that you can no longer manage your product. However fortunately, the SP7 install does not touch your previous iManager installation. iManager 2.7 is just installed in parallel and the Apache2 httpd.conf file is updated to disable the old iManager and enable the new iManager installation. You can very easily revert to your previous iManager installation as follows: Edit the file httpd.conf in sys:apache2 and towards the end of the file, comment out the line:
and re-enable the line:
Now, from the server console, reset your Apache2 using the command AP2WEBRS and now your iManager link will again bring up your previous iManager installation. If later on, you want to switch to iManager 2.7 again, just reverse the operation again.
This will of course only work if you updated an existing NetWare 6.5 server to SP7. When installing a new server using the SP7 overlay CDs, there is no old iManager installation which you can go back to.