Release Notes for bv-Control for Netware Version 8.1

Article:TECH113280  |  Created: 2006-01-14  |  Updated: 2010-09-03  |  Article URL
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Release Notes for bv-Control for Netware Version 8.1




The bv-Control® for NetWare® product installs as a snap-in to the BindView RMS® Console, extending the Console’s capabilities. With the bv-Control for NetWare module, the BindView RMS Console can access information from NetWare 4, NetWare 5, NetWare 6, and NetWare 6.5 servers on your enterprise network. Using bv-Control for NetWare, you can view and manage the servers, volumes, directories, and files on your NetWare system. You can use the query tools supplied by the BindView RMS Console to select and filter items in grids, charts, and reports, based on conditions you specify. In addition, bv-Control for NetWare provides NLM® (NetWare Loadable Module®) management and the ability to enforce Site Standards. Together with other modules, bv-Control for NetWare and the BindView RMS Console provide a comprehensive administration solution across disparate platforms.

bv-Control for NetWare is a query-based addition to the BindView RMS Console.

System Requirements

The bv-Control for NetWare product has minimum system requirements for installation and use. Before installing bv-Control for NetWare, ensure that your system meets these requirements in addition to the system requirements for the BindView RMS Console:


· Pentium® II 450 MHz
· 256 MB RAM
· 300 MB of free disk space
· SVGA monitor that supports 256 colors with the display set to 800 x 600 pixels
· Microsoft® Windows® 2000 SP3 (server or workstation), Windows XP® Professional SP1, or Windows Server™ 2003 or later
· Microsoft Internet Explorer v5.5 SP1 or later
· Microsoft® Outlook® 2000, Novell® GroupWise® v5.5, Lotus Notes® v5.0 or Lotus Domino (only required for e-mailing export files)
· Microsoft® Excel (required for Excel (using OLE) export files)
· Client for Microsoft® Networks

Information Server

· Pentium III 800 MHz
· 512 MB RAM
· 500 MB of free disk space
· Microsoft Windows 2000 SP3 (server or workstation), Windows XP Professional SP1, or Windows Server 2003 or later
· Microsoft SQL Server v7.0 or 2000, or Microsoft SQL Server Desktop Engine (MSDE) v1.0 or 2000
· Microsoft Internet Explorer v5.5 SP1 or later
· Microsoft Outlook 2000, Novell GroupWise v5.5, Lotus Notes v5.0 or Lotus Domino (only required for e-mailing export files)
· Microsoft Excel (required for Excel (using OLE) export files)
· Client for Microsoft Networks

bv-Control for Netware

· Windows 2000; or Windows XP Professional; or Windows Server 2003
· Internet Explorer 5.0
· Novell Client™ 4.80 or later (Information Server machine only)
· File and Printer sharing for Microsoft Network enabled
· Server Services installed
· Admin Shares enabled

Note: If you use the bv-Count® for NDS® eDirectory™ utility on a remote client installation, Novell Client™ 4.80 or later, must be installed on the client Console machine.

Known Issues

We recommend that you review the following notes before using bv-Control for NetWare with the BindView RMS Console:

Modifying Credentials

If you modify the credentials in a credential database when a query is running on a given tree, report generation might fail if the query uses the credential database whose credentials were modified.

File Server Data Source

· Executing queries on NetWare servers might result in some resolve connection errors being displayed in the Messages window.
· When you use the File Contents (NetWare Volume) field in a query and attempt to browse to a file, files located at the volume level are not displayed for selection. However, files within directories can be selected.

Remote Desktop Installation

When installing the bv-Control for NetWare snap-in on a remote machine using Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Connection (RDC), the installation might fail if you map to the drive of the machine containing the installation files and run setup.exe. A workaround for this problem is to connect to the machine (containing the installation files) using the UNC (Universal Naming Convention) format: \\Computer name\Share name\<Path to the setup.exe file> . Alternatively, you can copy the installation files on the remote machine where the snap-in must be installed, and then run setup.exe.


· Rights Analysis fields display a message for API: NWDSGetEffectiveRights warning message for the object: NLS:License objects. This is acceptable because Novell's ConsoleOne® utility does not allow NLS object rights to be modified.
· ActiveAdmin® functionality is not enabling changes to the Inherited Rights Mask field in the Directory data source.
· DS Revision field in the File Server data source is formatted with commas instead of the straight numeric value displayed in Novell's utility.
· Explanation of the differences between the NLMs on Disk and NLMs Loaded data sources. NLMs on Disk data source display the NLM type files on the NetWare server's SYS volume. Some of Novell's NLMs are kept in the NetWare hidden directory, which may not be displayed in the grid, but such NLMs, if loaded on the NetWare server, will display in the NLMs Loaded data source.
· If you assign a home directory path that contains "special characters" such as 3/4 (example: HOME\BJONES\File 3/4 Space. doc) through NWADMIN, this utility does not update the user's HOME DIRECTORY ATTRIBUTE correctly in Unicode. Thus, the related Home Directory fields will not display this attribute correctly. This is a known issue with Novell.
· Volume data source and NSS volume analysis: Space Used By Directories, Space Used By FAT, and Space Used By Compressed fields may return zeros because these are not attributes of NSS volumes.
· Data Source: DNS Resource Record Set, RR field returns data in HEX format.
· Conform to NLMs does not copy NLMs when the option Never Overwrite Newer is selected.
· The DHCP Subnet Address Range data source, when using ActiveAdmin with the DHCP Server field and selecting to reset to None, does not function properly. Resetting the DNS Update Option via ActiveAdmin does not function properly.
· Files data source: Originating Name Space field is not reporting Mac files correctly.
· The ActiveAdmin functionality for the Volume Information field (mount/dismount volumes) is an exception to the normal grid behavior. It is interactive and does not generate a Change Log entry. This also applies to the NLMs Loaded and Set Variables [Editable] fields in the File Server data source. It is applicable to single edits only.
· Auditing in NetWare has changed with the release of NetWare 6 and subsequent versions. These new versions of NetWare now use NAAS and NNA, and no longer use the same API calls as Auditcon. The bv-Control for NetWare product uses API calls that are supported in NetWare versions 4.x and 5.x, but if there is an attempt to configure NetWare 6 (or subsequent versions) with these API calls, adverse results may occur. Therefore, we strongly advise that NDS auditing not be enabled through bv-Control for NetWare environments where NetWare 6 (or subsequent versions) holds replicas of the partitions being audited, and that volume auditing not be configured on NetWare 6 (or subsequent versions) servers through bv-Control for NetWare.
· BindView supports Auditing for NetWare enhanced Security servers, which is based on the Audit File Object. To successfully enable auditing on a container, you must have the following rights:
o Read right for container object's Audit File Link property. This is necessary to determine the existence of an Audit File Object.
o Write right to container object's Audit File Link property to modify to point to the Audit File object.
o Create object right to the container object where the container object is located.
· BindView does not support the password-based auditing (NetWare 4.10). This option can be enabled on individual servers by setting the ALLOW AUDIT PASSWORDS console parameter. This may result in an unsuccessful attempt to enable the auditing of containers in mixed configurations via our Console.
· If you encounter issues with initiating Auditing for the first time, you may need to create the Audit File Object via auditcon.exe, or call Tech Support for assistance.
· In order to use the ...In File? fields, the "checking" files must be located on a network server, not the local system's directory.
· Information contained in the Dialog Book may be different from the data in the grid. The reason this occurs is because when you double-click on a record in the grid, the data is re-gathered for the Dialog Book and therefore may have changed.
· On Macintosh machines, the "Originating Name Space" field will report LONG or DOS even when MAC name space is supported on the volume.
· For remote installations, the first time you access Pre-defined query binders, the query will be successful, but the following system message will be displayed: "A failure occurred: An error occurred while accessing the folder to monitor: The network BIOS command limit has been reached." When you access this query again, this system message will not occur.
· When you specify an unlisted tree, if a Novell Tree is added to the credential database by using the Specify Unlisted Tree feature and if the credentials to access the tree are not getting verified, you need to log into the Novell Tree by using a Novell Client for successful verification of the credentials.
· To report NetWare-related functionality and fields using bv-Control for NDS eDirectory, ensure that bv-Control for NDS eDirectory and bv-Control for NetWare are of the same version.

Change History

For information about what's new in this release, please refer to the "What's New in This Release" topic in the bv-Control for NetWare online Help.


Your BindView product CD contains the following documentation:

· Getting Started Guide - contains a high-level description on planning and deployment of bv-Control for NetWare, as well as evaluation scenarios and troubleshooting information.
· Quick Start Card - contains a high-level description of how to install and configure the product.
· Online Help - contains information on how to use the product. You can access the Online Help by clicking the Help button in any dialog, by right-clicking an item and selecting Help from the action menu, or by pressing the F1 key.


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