How to recover from failed NetWare 6.5 upgrade, or access non-SYS volumes prior to reinstall
Posted on 2005-03-01
Two existing NetWare 6.0 SP5 servers were upgraded to NetWare 6.5, the first server was upgraded using the OS CD's in the internal CD drive, and was successful. The second server was upgraded remotely, from a Windows 2000 workstation running NetWare client 4.9; the upgrade proceeded well until the first reboot. After waiting for the server to reboot and become available; we went to the physical location of this server and saw that the restart had hung during the initial load.
We followed the "downed server upgrade" mentioned on Novell's web site. (Boot with NW65OS CD, select 'manual', from R: prompt type 'install /?' for options, select 'downed server upgrade') The upgrade appeared to work, but the server abended during the restart.
How can I recover this server, or complete the upgrade to 6.5? The primary concern is to preserve the adminstrative data archived on two other volumes on this server.
Is there a way to start the server so that the data can be accessed? If the data can be copied from the server to another location, then we can run a fresh install of NetWare 6.5 and delete the existing partitions.
Thanks for your help in saving the data on these volumes.