Portlock Storage Manager

Portlock Storage Manager: Frequently Asked Questions

Last Update: June 15, 2010

What is Portlock Storage Manager?

Portlock Storage Manager is enterprise storage management software designed to minimize the management, setup, installation, and reconfiguration time for Linux, NetWare and Windows, as well as VMware and Microsoft Virtualization technologies (Linux and Windows support are in Beta). With Portlock Storage Manager, you can copy, create, clone, image, restore, and resize DOS, NetWare and NSS partitions and volumes.

Portlock Storage Manager also provides full featured control over the size and layout of DOS and NetWare partitions, volumes, NSS volumes and NSS Storage Pools. Compaq diagnostic partitions are also supported. Server backup and restore supports images stored on disk files, TCP/IP communication links and SCSI tape drives. This third generation imaging technology supports streaming even the fastest SCSI tape drives. Portlock Storage Manager also supports high-performance communications over TCP/IP for server-to-server cloning. Disaster recovery of failed servers is quick and dramatically simplified - no booting OS is required.

Note: not all features are available for all file system types.

Which platforms does Portlock Storage Manager Support?

Portlock Storage Manager supports Novell NetWare. Note: features vary depending on the type of file system or partition – consult the history.txt file for specific limitations.

Which versions of NetWare does Portlock Storage Manager support?

Portlock Storage Manager supports NetWare 3.12 to 6.5 including Open Enterprise Server (NetWare). Review the system requirements page for specifical details.

Does Portlock Storage Manager resize NetWare partitions?

Yes, with Storage Manager you can specify the size of a NetWare partition. NetWare partitions can be resized smaller or larger. When the partition resize command is used with the volume resize command, you have full control over the size of your NetWare partitions and volumes.

Note: For NetWare 6.x, use the Pool Commands to resize partitions holding NSS Pools.

Does Portlock Storage Manager resize NetWare volumes?

Yes, with Storage Manager you can specify the size of a NetWare volume. NetWare volumes can be resized smaller or larger. You can resize a NetWare volume by moving the starting or ending position. When the volume resize command is used with the partition resize command, you have full control over the size of your NetWare partitions and volumes. Note: In NetWare 6.x NSS Volume sizes are managed via Volume Quotas. Use NetWare's NSSMU utility to change a volume's quota.

Does Portlock Storage Manager support NSS (Novell Storage Services)?

Yes, Storage Manager supports Novell NSS storage pools, partitions and volumes.

Does Portlock Storage Manager support resizing NetWare 6.x NSS Pools?

Support for resizing NSS Pools larger is supported. Support for resizing NSS Pools smaller is not supported.

Does Portlock Storage Manager support online imaging of NetWare servers?

Yes. By combining Novell's Snapshot technology with Portlock's Imaging technology, NetWare 6.5 servers can be imaged while NSS volumes are mounted and active. Note: Service Pack 8 is strongly recommended.

Does Portlock Storage Manager support server-to-server cloning using TCP/IP?

Yes, Storage Manager supports server to server cloning using TCP/IP. Portlock Storage Manager can be used on the "Source Server" running from the Portlock Boot CD or NetWare sending an image data stream over TCP/IP to another server running Storage Manager in restore mode.

Does Portlock Storage Manager support SCSI tape drives?

Yes, Storage Manager supports imaging and restoring entire servers, or selected volumes and partitions to SCSI tape drives.

How fast are the image and restore features of Storage Manager?

Very fast. With third-generation image and restore features, Storage Manager can image at 50 MB / sec (3000 Megabytes per minute) and restore at 20 MB / sec (1200 Megabytes per minute) if the disk drives and tape drives support these speeds. Using 1000 Mbit Ethernet we routinely see speeds of 10 MB /sec. This means that a NetWare server with 36 GB of data can be restored in under an hour.

Does Portlock Storage Manager support compression during Image / Restore?

Yes, Storage Manager supports image compression. There are 3 levels of compression currently supported; low, medium and high.

Does Portlock Storage Manager copy and resize DOS partitions?

Yes, Storage Manager supports disk-to-disk cloning of DOS partitions. During the clone (copy) the partition can be resized larger or smaller and the FAT cluster size can be changed.

Does Portlock Storage Manager copy and resize NetWare volumes?

Yes, Storage Manager supports disk-to-disk cloning of NetWare volumes. During the clone (copy) the volumes can be resized larger or smaller.

Does Portlock Storage Manager copy and resize NSS volumes?

Yes, Storage Manager supports disk-to-disk cloning of NSS volumes. During the clone (copy) the volumes can be resized larger or smaller.

Does Portlock Storage Manager support scripting?

Yes, there is extensive support for scripting. Details in the Portlock Image Scripting User Guide. Portlock Image Scripting PDF (1.45 MB)

Does Portlock Storage Manager support automatic updates?

Yes. Use the "Check for Updates" command to automatically update to the latest version.