[CentOS-virt] P2V of NEtware 3.12 working server to Centos >=5.x
Ed at Heron-ent.com
Wed Sep 7 17:57:53 EDT 2011
On Thu, 2011-09-08 at 02:35 +0530, Rajagopal Swaminathan wrote:
> > I would suggest setting up a CentOS server with Samba and convert the
> > DOS network stack, if you can. Samba appears to be much more
> > supportable, currently. Take a look at the FreeDOS project, too, as an
> > example of getting DOS to work in a more recent environment. The
> > biggest concern (after getting the clients to talk to Samba) is that
> > there have been a few choices made in Samba with respect to file
> > sharing/locking mechanisms. With old software, you may have to look at
> > those settings.
> I am not sure about freedos as there is a Piece of custom built ISA
> hardware and the forget about replacing it. there is a budget(was
> there any?) constraint at clients end.
Just suggesting looking at the docs for ideas.
> > I google'd netware virtual machine and saw a few
> > links to virtualizing Netware 3 under VMWare which might give you some
> > insights.
> No additional cash flow for software :p ..... :)
Just another suggested reading for ideas.
> > Either way, do it in a separate test environment to work out any
> > issues prior to production deployment.
> Even buying is a hard disk is a constraint. (Cash outflow constraint,
> remember :) )
If you can't buy hardware, then you already have a Linux box running
> > If I hadn't been strongly encouraged (successfully) to de-clutter my
> > software repository, I'd pull out my old Netware 3.12 disks and try
> > installing on a virtual machine.
> If only I had that luxury of having those original _working_ floppy disks.
If I had to virtualize an existing machine, I'd boot the equipment
with a Linux Live CD and copy (using dd/ssh) the raw disk data to a
virtual disk on the virtual machine server. Verify the copy is accurate
with md5sum. Then, make another copy to start a virtual machine with.
I'd still suggest your best option would be to take one of the DOS
clients and get it to connect to a Samba server and migrate the data.
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