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Installing SP on Novell Server

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I know this is probably a question that will reveal my lack of knowledge about Novell but I've got to install SP7 on my Novell Server and don't know how.  Currently I am running 5.1 SP5 and hope to upgrade to 6 when I get brave and school is out.

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<pet peeve>
"Novell" is a company. "NetWare" is a product. You have a "NetWare server", not a "Novell server".
</pet peeve>

This is not difficult. Download the SP from the Novell Support website (specifically, http://support.novell.com/filefinder/9331/index.html). Unpack it to either local disk and burn it to CD, or into a subdir structure on the NetWare server (depends on available disk space, if you want to keep it handy, etc.)

At the NetWare console prompt, enter --> NWCONFIG

Select "Install Additional Products", then "Install a Product Not Listed"....at this point (doing it from memory) you hit <ESC> and then F3 (the screen prompts will make this clear when you do it) and enter the path to the SP. The exact path you want to enter, of course, depends on what media you're using. Enter the path to the directory containing the file SPACK.IPS (but do NOT add SPACK.IPS to the directory spec)

The install will now launch. You'll need to reboot at the end, so time this appropriately.
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Also - make sure that you expand the SP at the ROOT of a volume, not in a subdirectory, on the NetWare server if you do it there and not on a CD.  The SP directory structure is very deep, and you can run into problems if you don't expand it at the root of a volume.
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Well....only if you're accessing the SP subsequently thru a client that does not have the necessary directory-depth support. Frankly, I've never had the problem. NetWare itself doesn't care, so when you run the install from the NWCONFIG interface, it doesn't make much difference.
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I have never had the problem, but then again, I have never exceeded the subdirectory/file name limit by expanding the SP deep in the directory structure.  There is a warning from Novell in the installation instructions of every support pack to expand it at the root of a volume.  If Novell is wrong - oh, well.
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No, they're not wrong, it CAN happen. But, like you, I've never seen it happen.
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Yeah got the pee peeve message......do you work in a school environment?  Pardon the 'elementary' perspective.....they--the teachers I work with ---call it the Novell server because that is what the login box says.....Novell not Netware.....if I refer to it Netware I get the 'deer in headlights look' whenever I am discussing any aspect of Netware with anyone at school. Habit.... Forgot this was an expert board but then again ....I am no expert.

Planning on doing after school is out...will let you know
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No, altho I have consulted for the K-12 environment in the past.

Let us know how it goes.
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