Howto: Copy files from the Netware 6.5 Server Console

I had a badly behaving Netware 6.5 SP7 server that absolutely would not allow clients to authenticate or connect. It ended up being a problem with a NIC driver gone wild, but I had to do some troubleshooting to determine that fact.

During the troubleshooting process I wanted to backup several directories before I altered their contents. I figured I’d just copy those folders to a safe location, but couldn’t remember how to do it from the server console. I had used the copy command from toolbox.nlm in the past, but of course toolbox wasn’t loaded on this server. I don’t use the BASH shell often enough to use it coherently, so I decided to look for an alternative shell.

I did a quick search and came across the Novell Script for Netware shell. To start the shell, from the server console type:

nsninit

and then

nsnshell

which should bring you to a screen with a prompt that looks like

SYS:\>

From that point I was able to use the copy command just like I would from a DOS command prompt, i.e.

copy sys:\system\dsr_dib sys:\system\dsr_dib2

To exit from the shell, just type exit

Comments [2]

  1. When I try this solution I can only see directories in the SYS volume. How do I cd to the DATA volume? Or run nsnshell from the SYS console and have the shell root be DATA:\>
    —pat

  2. kinda late & you’ve probably figured it out, but to change to the DATA vol, cd SERVERNAME/<DATA:

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