NRS - Novell Replication Services
Posted on 1997-08-01
We are currently trying to use Novell's new Replication Services to replicate information across the WAN to various servers. For testing purposes we have setup the local server (ATLANTA) which houses the orginial info to be replicated and one other target server (BURLINGTON) with the NRS modules.
What occurs when we perform a replication, however, is that all the existing file system on the volume on the BURLINGTON server is moved to a NRSLOCAL directory, the top level of the directory tree is copied from the ATLANTA server as well as the directories and contents we actually selected for replication. After the transfer is complete NRS locks the file system on the BURLINGTON server - meaning that no changes can be made to any new or old files/directories. The only way to restore the server to the condition it was previously in is to unload NRS, move the file system back from the NRSLOCAL directory, delete the unwanted directories that moved and then reload NRS. Unfortunately it appears as if this occurs everytime a replication takes place.
According to the FAQ on NRS, you can replicate specific directories to an existing file system - not just full volume replication. We have two directories we wish to replicate out of approximately 15 off the root of the source volume. The target server has about 15 directories off the root - all of which are moved.
Now, the question is: How do you setup NRS to replicate ONLY those directories you want copied and leave the existing file system intact and unlocked on the target server?