Migrating Files from Novell

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Hi,

I'm due to migrate around 9GB worth of files from an aging Novell 4.11
server (HDD's part of a RAID5 setup) to a new Windows 2000 Server setup
(single HDD setup).

Initial thought on how to do this is simply to install Netware Client on the
2000 Server, and transfer the files across the LAN (2 machines connected to
a Switch, no other PC's present).

However, the 9GB worth of files consists of hundreds and hundreds of small
(90K and less) files and from experience, this causes a major overhead that
can leave a copy operation taking many hours.

Any suggestions on how to get that 9GB of data to my new 2000 Server in the
most efficient manner? As the Novell server utilises a RAID5 setup, simply
attaching the disk(s) directly to the 2000 server and copying the files is
not really an option.

Would be grateful for any advice offered.

Regards,

Richard Tubb.
www.netlinktrading.co.uk
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.file_system (More info?)

    Even if the Novell volume could be transferred to the MS server, MS couldn't
    read the disk.

    So you are replacing a fault tolerant server OS with a non fault tolerant
    server configuration? That seem wise to you?

    Since you don't mention a backup server it would appear your only choice is
    as you outlined with the NW client and coping the files. Otherwise I would
    backup the data and restore it to the MS server.
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.file_system (More info?)

    Hi Joshua,

    Thanks for your response.

    Although it's not applicable in my case (as I am using a RAID5 setup with
    many disks) you might be interested in the software "Captain Nemo" that
    apparently allows Novell volumes to be used directly from Windows simply by
    attaching the physical disk drive. See http://www.runtime.org/captain.htm
    for more details. I've never used the s/w but it does look interesting.

    Back to my problem - the data is being migrated to a Windows 2000 server
    (non fault-tolerant) purely for use in an archive capacity. The old Novell
    server will then be mothballed. I just needed to provide access to the data
    for an individual on a different site to the Novell server who very
    occasionally needs access - a huge rack server seemed overkill for this!

    The Novell server did use an arcane version of ArcServe to backup data to
    tape. I will look into the tape backup restore option if the file copy
    scenario appears to take forever.

    I'll let you know how I get on!

    Regards


    "Joshua Bolton" <JoshuaBolton@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:168A7135-EB7E-4CD8-B35D-77F3D85F9B3B@microsoft.com...
    > Even if the Novell volume could be transferred to the MS server, MS
    > couldn't
    > read the disk.
    >
    > So you are replacing a fault tolerant server OS with a non fault tolerant
    > server configuration? That seem wise to you?
    >
    > Since you don't mention a backup server it would appear your only choice
    > is
    > as you outlined with the NW client and coping the files. Otherwise I
    > would
    > backup the data and restore it to the MS server.
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.file_system (More info?)

    Richard Tubb wrote:
    > Hi,
    >
    > I'm due to migrate around 9GB worth of files from an aging Novell 4.11
    > server (HDD's part of a RAID5 setup) to a new Windows 2000 Server setup
    > (single HDD setup).
    >
    > Initial thought on how to do this is simply to install Netware Client on the
    > 2000 Server, and transfer the files across the LAN (2 machines connected to
    > a Switch, no other PC's present).
    >
    > However, the 9GB worth of files consists of hundreds and hundreds of small
    > (90K and less) files and from experience, this causes a major overhead that
    > can leave a copy operation taking many hours.
    >
    > Any suggestions on how to get that 9GB of data to my new 2000 Server in the
    > most efficient manner? As the Novell server utilises a RAID5 setup, simply
    > attaching the disk(s) directly to the 2000 server and copying the files is
    > not really an option.
    >
    > Would be grateful for any advice offered.
    >
    > Regards,
    >
    > Richard Tubb.
    > www.netlinktrading.co.uk
    >
    >

    9gb isnt a lot. why not jsut script it and do it overnight if it takes a
    few hours
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.file_system (More info?)

    Hi all,

    Thanks for your responses to this.

    The data is now transferred. I used the method of installing the Novell
    client on the Win2k Server, mapping a network drive and copying the data
    across that way.

    The transfer via normal drag'n'drop in the Windows GUI seemed to be taking
    forever! So I stopped it and kicked off the copy again using RoboCopy
    through a DOS prompt - this time the transfer seemed a lot faster. I can't
    say for sure whether this method would always be faster, but it seems
    Robocopy deals with small files a lot quicker than Windows would. Definitely
    recommended after my experience. The transfer still took many many hours,
    but completed with no errors.

    Hope that helps anyone else in my situation in the future!

    Regards,

    Richard Tubb.
    www.netlinktrading.co.uk
    "barry" <noooooo@nooonsnasdadasdasdasdasda.com> wrote in message
    news:9MBwe.8041$5D4.3@newsfe4-win.ntli.net...
    > Richard Tubb wrote:
    >> Hi,
    >>
    >> I'm due to migrate around 9GB worth of files from an aging Novell 4.11
    >> server (HDD's part of a RAID5 setup) to a new Windows 2000 Server setup
    >> (single HDD setup).
    >>
    >> Initial thought on how to do this is simply to install Netware Client on
    >> the 2000 Server, and transfer the files across the LAN (2 machines
    >> connected to a Switch, no other PC's present).
    >>
    >> However, the 9GB worth of files consists of hundreds and hundreds of
    >> small (90K and less) files and from experience, this causes a major
    >> overhead that can leave a copy operation taking many hours.
    >>
    >> Any suggestions on how to get that 9GB of data to my new 2000 Server in
    >> the most efficient manner? As the Novell server utilises a RAID5 setup,
    >> simply attaching the disk(s) directly to the 2000 server and copying the
    >> files is not really an option.
    >>
    >> Would be grateful for any advice offered.
    >>
    >> Regards,
    >>
    >> Richard Tubb.
    >> www.netlinktrading.co.uk
    >
    > 9gb isnt a lot. why not jsut script it and do it overnight if it takes a
    > few hours
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