Bug could corrupt files in NetWare

Novell has identified a potential bug that may corrupt directory files of users running a mixed NetWare 4.x and NetWare 5 environment, according to the company.

The latest version of Novell Directory Services (NDS) that shipped with NetWare 5 features new schema extensions that NetWare 4.1x servers cannot read. The result of running the servers in a mixed environment can be the corruption of existing directory files.

Novell identified this problem early on and determined that the best fix would be for users to update their 4.1x servers with the current version of NDS before installing NetWare 5. This current version of NDS, 5.99a, has been available for download from Novell's Web site since June -- before NetWare 5 even shipped.

However, Novell more recently learned that if the schema updates in 5.99a are applied during an NDS synchronisation cycle, the directory could potentially become corrupted where both old and new versions of NDS are in use, according to Novell's Technical Information Document #2943193, which is available on the company's Web site.

"We've been very proactive in notifying our customers and our sales team that users must install the 5.99a update, and we're working to finalise a fix for the much more obscure problem that occurs during a simultaneous schema update and directory synchronisation," said one Novell representative.

Novell has made another NDS update (version 6.0) available on its Web site. This update has been tested by Novell and is now in the final stages of field testing, according to the company. Before any NDS update can be declared official, it must be downloaded and tested by 100 users. Version 6.0, while it is available now, is still in this process.

The NDS update, version 5.99a, is available by clicking on "Minimum Patch List" at http://www.support.novell.com, or on the NetWare 5 update page.

NDS update version 6.0 can be found at http://www.support.novell.com/beta/authorized.

Novell can be reached at www.novell.com.

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