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NetWare 6 Storage Services

In addition to the traditional file system, NetWare 6 includes a powerful new high-performance file storage and access technology known as Novell Storage Services (NSS). NSS is the default storage and file system for NetWare 6. It is used to create, store, and maintain both traditional and NSS volumes, and is compatible with DOS, Macintosh, Unix, and long name spaces. As a network administrator, you must be well versed in both traditional and NSS file-system management.

In the following three sections of this chapter, you'll learn how to manage NetWare 6 NSS with the help of the following lessons:

  • Understanding NSS—NSS is a 64-bit file storage system that provides NetWare 6 networks with larger storage capacity, more efficient file management, and faster volume-mounting speeds. NSS architecture is much more complex than the traditional file system. It relies on the following five different hierarchical components: storage devices, storage deposits, partitions, storage pools, and volumes. In the first NSS lesson, we'll explore this complex architecture in detail.

  • Configuring NSS—Although NSS is installed and configured, by default, during NetWare 6 installation, you might have to configure specific features after installation. NSS configuration is actually simpler than its architecture suggests. In the second NSS lesson, you'll learn how to prepare the file system for NSS, how to create NSS volumes, and how to create traditional NetWare volumes.

  • Managing NSS—After you've configured NSS and created one or more NSS volumes, you can take advantage of the new NSS file system. Of course, this means that you'll have to become an NSS management pro. In the third and final NSS lesson of this chapter, we'll explore file-management tasks and volume-management tasks.

Now let's explore Novell's twenty-first–century file system, starting with the basic architecture.

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