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This chapter is from the book

This chapter is from the book

This chapter covers the following testing objectives for Novell Course 3004: Novell Network Management:

  • Use NetWare Remote Manager

  • Identify What iMonitor Is and How to Use It

  • Use iMonitor to Diagnose and Repair eDirectory Problems

  • Set Up and Configure NSS

  • Monitor, Manage, and Rebuild NSS Storage Space

  • Set Up SMS for SBCON and NWBACK32

  • Back Up Data with SBCON and NWBACK32

  • Restore Data with SBCON and NWBACK32

Novell is directing the construction of the world's central information superhighway with the help of you, me, and thousands of other electronic transit workers (orange vest optional). NetWare 6 further revolutionizes Novell's oneNet strategy with the introduction of Web-enabled administration tools, highly scalable networking protocols, and multiprocessor support. Implementing these components makes your job easier and provides your users with more reliable network access. Welcome to anytime, anywhere advanced administration via NetWare 6.

As a network administrator, it's your responsibility to focus on the NetWare 6 network to ensure that it stays fine-tuned and in peak condition. In Chapter 1, "NetWare 6 Installation," and Chapter 2, "NetWare 6 Upgrade and Migration," we began our NetWare 6 CNE journey by building the cornerstone of your network—the NetWare 6 server. Now it's time to supercharge the network.

This chapter focuses on three key areas related to managing your NetWare 6 server:

  • Managing NetWare 6 remotely—NetWare 6 provides several utilities that enable you to manage your network even when you're off site. This discussion tackles Remote Manager, iManager, and iMonitor.

  • NetWare 6 Storage Services (NSS)—One of the greatest demands you'll face is the need for more storage, larger files, more efficient file management, and faster volume mounting speeds. NSS is the answer. NSS is a file storage system that enables you to configure, mount, and maintain large volumes.

  • Storage Management Systems (SMS)—SMS is actually a combination of related services that facilitate the storage and retrieval of data to and from NetWare 6 servers and workstations. We'll take a look at those services as well as some strategies and procedures for using them.

We have a lot of ground to cover, so let's get started.

Managing NetWare 6 Remotely

NetWare 6 has broken down the walls of the IT server room. As a result, you're no longer trapped in the dungeon of server console administration. In fact, NetWare 6 includes three very powerful management utilities that enable you to securely administer your network anytime, anywhere:

  • Remote Manager—Previously known as the NetWare Management Portal, this utility provides all the functionality available at the server console from a Web browser.

  • iMonitor—Provides monitoring and diagnostic capability to all servers in your eDirectory tree from a Web browser. Furthermore, iMonitor enables you to manage your eDirectory tree from almost any platform, including NetWare, Windows NT/2000, Solaris, Linux, and Tru64 Unix. iMonitor uses Access Control List (ACL) and HTTPS technology to ensure secure transactions.

  • iManager—A Web-based browser tool that will eventually provide the same management capabilities as NetWare Administrator and ConsoleOne. (NetWare 6 includes a prerelease version of iManager.)

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Although iManage was the name of the product prior to Service Pack 1, the term iManager is used in both the official Novell courseware and on the certification exam.

In this lesson, we'll learn how to use these three anytime, anywhere administration tools to break the shackles of server-based management. Now let's start with the most robust of the three: Remote Manager.

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