1 Reply Latest reply on Jun 12, 2009 6:18 AM by Frank.Scholer

    reinstall NI

    jakeelee Rookie
      when we have to change the hardware of one of out NetInstall servers in one of the branch offices, it takes day until the new NI has synchronized over WAN with the NI in the headquater.
      Isn't there away to make this synchronisation by copying the necessary files to a mobil HDD?
      Do you have a step-by-step instruction how to do this?
        • 1. Re: reinstall NI
          Frank.Scholer Master
          Hi again,

          no step-by-step instruction list, but I can give you an overview:
          1. When installing the NetInstall server itself, all the binaries are transferred. You could pre-stage these binary files by just copying everything from the NI share (except INSTALL and WORK subdirs) via mobile disk (or UFD, CD/DVD or whatever) into the share.

          2. However the more complex part is copying the packages. You can easily copy the whole "INSTALL" directory including all subdirs to the new server. That's exactly the same, the distribution service would do.

          The distri however would first replicate the original files from the parent server's WORK directory and then extract the files from there to the local INSTALL-path.

          If you just copy the whole INSTALL directory structure, this would work, but you would copy too much data.

          Below WORK you find subdirs named after each repository (maybe only "master". Copy all files directly located in "master" (and the other repository subdirs if you have any). Copy the "Extern$) subir, if you have one.

          Below each repository subdir, you have a subdir called "Projects". Copy the complete directory structure to your external datastore, but don't copy the wohl content, but only the following files:

            [*]_ni5.zip
            [*]_ni5.crc
            [*]*.status
            [*]*.fpi
          That's it - if you prestage your new server with this structure, everything is already preloaded and the distribution service doesn't need to replicate the plethora of all the package files and status files over your WAN link.

          HTH, Regards Frank