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HP CD-ROM Server for Ethernet Networks - Release Notes for Firmware v 4.23

RELEASE NOTES
FIRMWARE V.4.23
HP J3168A, HP J3169A
Included are the changes made in firmware v 4.23, followed by the changes made in firmware v 4.20. These notes supplement the information in the "HP CD-ROM Server User's Guide" (manual part number 5967-0801). These notes replace "RELEASE NOTES Firmware v 4.20."
FIRMWARE INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS
  1. The HP CD-ROM server must be configured with TCP/IP.
  2. On the same network, use a workstation configured with TCP/IP and FTP.
  3. Connect to the directory containing the firmware image HPFW423.BIN.
  4. Log in to the server using the command:
    ftp <IP-address or host-name>
    where <IP-address or host-name> is the IP address or host name assigned to your CD-ROM server.
  5. You will be prompted for user ID and password. The default user ID is "root," and the default password is "pass." If these values have been changed from defaults, you must use the new values.
  6. Issue the command "bin" to change to binary transfer mode.
  7. Issue the command:
    put <filename> flash
    where <filename> is the name of the firmware, for example, HPFW423.BIN.
     caution:
    Be careful not to interrupt the file transfer. If the transfer is interrupted, the server may become inoperative and must be returned to HP.
  8. Wait for the transfer to complete. This normally takes 1 to 4 minutes. The server will then automatically restart with the new firmware.
  9. Log out using the command quit, bye, or exit, depending on your FTP version.
  10. Power cycle the HP CD-ROM server.
CHANGES FOR FIRMWARE V 4.23
4.23 FEATURE ENHANCEMENTS
WEB BROWSER GUI CHANGE
The HTTP web browser interface has been completely changed to better facilitate configuration. New wizards for all protocols walk the administrator through initial configuration. The NDS wizard now automatically detects the Novell servers and the NDS tree names, so that the administrator no longer must know the exact NDS tree syntax and can select from a list of the existing objects.
WORKGROUP/DOMAIN NAME DETECTION
The HP CD-ROM server now listens on the network for active domain or workgroup names. The server then assigns itself the alphabetically first active workgroup or domain name. You will see the server in Network Neighborhood under the first workgroup or domain (no longer requiring the name "WORKGROUP."
COMMON PASSWORD FOR ALL PROTOCOLS
The protocol-specific passwords have been replaced by a single password set in the general/server configuration section. The parameter used is ServerPassword." The default password is "pass."
WEB INTERFACE CHANGES
The CDs can now easily be locked, unlocked, and ejected using the HTTP web browser interface. Click "Management and Access Rights", "General", "Drive Information", and the lock or eject icon next to the volume.
4.23 MINOR ENHANCEMENTS AND CORRECTED PROBLEMS
  1. SMB domain security now can authenticate against backup domain controllers in addition to the primary domain controller, which was included in v 4.20. (See "Microsoft (R) Networking SMB User-Level Security with Domain Authentication" below.)
  2. Previously, a warning message in the event log for NT servers and workstations could appear if domain security was implemented, as follows:
    The time zone bias between XXXXXX and the current workstation is too large. The data specifies the number of 100ns units between the workstation and server. Make sure that the time of day on the workstation and server are correct.
    This problem no longer appears if you set the time on the CD-ROM server.
  3. Previously, after assigning a SCSI alias and implementing SMB user-level authentication, the first user connecting to a volume using the SCSI alias would get incorrect rights. This has been corrected.
  4. Previously, the group names read from the domain controller at login time were corrupted and caused access problems. This only occurred when using NetBEUI and Microsoft networking (SMB) user-level authentication. This has been corrected.
  5. International characters (in ISO 8859-1 Latin-1 and IBM 850) are now supported in group and user names with Microsoft networking (SMB) user-level security.
  6. Previously, Windows 95 clients processing a logon script would get an "access denied" message when trying to map the CD-ROM server using "NET USE" in the script. This has been corrected.
  7. Previously, NDS Schema extensions sometimes failed with error code 0xFFFFD60. This has been corrected.
  8. Previously, after reinstalling the HP CD-ROM server into an NDS tree, the server would sometimes refuse to accept NDS logins. At the same time, the following message would appear on the Novell server's console screen:
    "Could not authenticate to server xxxxx due to synchronization restrictions."
    This problem has been corrected.
  9. NDS installation now supports containers with international characters.
  10. Saving NDS rights to a file now supports both DOS and LONG name spaces. Previously, only upper-case names were accepted.
  11. The Microsoft DOS LAN Requester client now works with the HP CD-ROM server.
CHANGES FOR FIRMWARE V 4.20
4.20 FEATURE ENHANCEMENTS
NETWARE NDS SECURITY INFORMATION
While the preferred method of implementing NDS security is to store the security information in the NDS tree, firmware v 4.20 adds the ability to store the security information in a text file on the NetWare server.
The new method, storing the NDS security information in a file on the NDS server, allows the server to be installed without extending the NDS Schema. In that case, security rights to the NDS root object will not be necessary in order to install the server.
NDS TREE STORAGE OF ACCESS RIGHTS (PREFERRED METHOD)
Instructions for installing the CD-ROM server with the NDS security information stored in the NDS tree is provided in both the "HP CD-ROM Server User's Guide" and in the support information on the HP CD-ROM server's WWW site.
In order to store the NDS rights in the tree, the NDS Schema is extended so that the NDS tree can process the information. Extending the NDS Schema requires that the first CD-ROM server installed in the tree be installed by the Administrator account that has Administrative rights to the NDS ROOT object. This is necessary only the first time you install a CD-ROM server into this tree.
NDS FILE STORAGE OF ACCESS RIGHTS (ALTERNATIVE METHOD)
  1. Install the CD-ROM server in the NDS tree using the same procedure as for storing the rights in the NDS tree. You need only administrative rights to the tree in which the server will be installed; you do not need rights to the ROOT.
  2. Assign the newly created server object as a trustee with Read, Write, Create, Erase, Modify, and FileScan rights to the directory on the Novell server where the actual file will be stored.
  3. Use the new parameter, NDSRightsFile, to define a file on a Novell file server to store the security rights. The case-sensitive syntax of the parameter is the following:
    NDSRightsFile = SERVER/VOLUME:DIR/.../FILE.DAT
    For example:
    NDSRightsFile = CORPSERVER/SYS:CDSERVER/CDSRV1.DAT
    The directory must exist, and the CD-ROM server NDS object must have full access to it in order to create and modify the file. The HP CD-ROM Server will create the file the first time you change any rights on the CD-ROM server's SYS volume.
NETWARE/IP
This release fully supports Novell's current IP for NetWare solution. (This is not NetWare 5.0.) You can use the HP CD-ROM Server in a NetWare environment that uses only the TCP/IP protocol. You must have a fully functional NetWare TCP/IP environment in place BEFORE the protocol is enabled on the server. Consult Novell's NetWare documentation for instructions on how to implement NetWare with TCP/IP.
USING NETWARE/IP ONLY
First, the standard IP parameters for IP address, subnet mask, default gateway, and DNS server must be properly configured. There are two new additional parameters to be configured for the NetWare IP implementation:
NetWareIP_Enable
Set to "yes."
NetWareIP_DSS_Server
Set to the IP address of your nearest DSS server.
Once the server is configured, cycle its power and wait approximately 5 minutes. At this point, workstations should be able to see and connect to the server. Clients without NetWare IP support will be routed through a Novell server with an IPX/NetWare/IP gateway. Clients running NetWare IP will connect directly to the server.
USING NETWARE IP IN MIXED NETWARE/IP AND IPX ENVIRONMENTS
You can disable IPX on the CD-ROM server if desired, only if you follow this procedure:
  1. Disable IPX on the CD-ROM server.
  2. Restart the CD-ROM server.
  3. Change the internal net address AND the server name.
  4. Restart the CD-ROM server.
  5. Wait 5 minutes.
  6. The CD-ROM server should now be accessible to NetWare IP clients.
If you still cannot find the CD-ROM server:
  1. Remove the power from the CD-ROM server.
  2. Wait for 20 minutes.
  3. Reconnect the power to the CD-ROM server.
  4. Wait 5 minutes for the CD-ROM server to show up.
  5. The CD-ROM server should now be accessible to NetWare IP clients.
MICROSOFT NETWORKING (SMB) USER-LEVEL SECURITY WITH DOMAIN AUTHENTICATION
You can implement user-level security authenticated by an NT Domain Controller. A user logging in to the CD-ROM server must provide her identity (Name and Domain) and password. The server uses this information to validate her identity against the primary domain controller (PDC). It actually logs in to the PDC, reads the user's group membership, and then logs out. If its login is successful, the user is allowed access to the server.
A new administrator account has been added to the HP CD-ROM server's Microsoft Networking (SMB) implementation. This account is never authenticated against the primary domain controller, because some method of access must be maintained in case the PDC becomes unavailable.
Three new parameters have been added for the feature:
Parameter: SecurityMode
Values: shareLevel
userLevel
Sets whether share-level security or user-level security is used on this server. When set to share-level security, passwords are set for individual shares, and no user authentication occurs. When set to user-level security, users are authenticated against the domain controller, and security rights can be set individually or by group membership.
Parameter: AuthenticationDomain
Value: <15-byte string>
The value is the name of the domain that all users' identities are verified against. The user's account must reside in this domain.
Parameter: AdministratorPassword
Value: <15-byte string>
The value is the password of the LOCAL administrator of the CD-ROM server. The LOCAL administrator is not the same as an administrator with an account in the domain. Then, to log in as the local administrator on the CD-ROM server, you need to specify:
Domain <name of the CD-ROM server>
User Administrator
Password <contents of AdministratorPassword parameter>
FILE SYSTEM SECURITY WITH USER-LEVEL SECURITY
The files controlling access (in the /VOLUMES directory on the HP CD-ROM server) now have an entry for the SMB users and group rights. The default text for that entry appears below. (Your entry may already have some changes.) There can be as many of these entries as needed in a particular file.
SMBUser/Group = <DOMAIN>/Domain Users(RX)(RX)
The text "<DOMAIN>/" remains in the entry. When the file is used, the value for the AuthenticationDomain parameter in the CONFIG.INI file (see above) will be used for "<DOMAIN>".
The "/" appears in the file.
Edit the file to replace the text "Domain Users" by a user or group name on the PDC for which you will specify the rights.
Replace the text the first pair of parentheses (RX) by directory rights for that name. "RX", for example, assigns read and execute rights to the user or group specified.
Replace the text in the second pair of parentheses (RX) by file rights for the specified name. "RX", for example, assigns read and execute rights to the user or group specified. The allowable values are listed below. These rights values are cumulative, making the user's effective rights the sum of all rights gained from direct trustee assignments and from group memberships.
Then repeat the line of text for further user or group specifications.
Access rights (the text within the parentheses for either directory rights or file rights):
"NONE" specified no rights.
"R" specifies read rights.
"X" specifies execute rights.
"All" specifies all rights.
A complete example:
SMBUser/Group = <DOMAIN>/Domain Admins(All)(All)
4.20 MINOR ENHANCEMENTS
  1. The LED indication after a factory-default reset has been changed to be the same as after a normal restart.
  2. The server's default IP address is now 192.0.0.192.
  3. The server now uses an IP address of 0.0.0.0 when making a DHCP request.
  4. DNS support now allows the DNS name to be used instead of the IP address for some parameters. The values for primary and secondary DNS server can now be set with "PrimaryDNS" and "SecondaryDNS" parameters in the IP section of the CONFIG.INI file. The DomainName must be the same value that the DNS servers have been configured to assign the CD-ROM server.
  5. In Novell Bindery mode, CDs are now individual volumes at the same level in the directory tree as the SYS volume.
  6. In a Novell IPX environment, some servers would reply to a client's "get nearest server" request with the HP CD-ROM server's address. This could cause the client not to see any Novell servers on the network. The HP CD-ROM server now advertises itself as five hops away. This prevents any router from identifying the HP CD-ROM server as the nearest Novell server.
  7. Individual CDs can now be protected with a password in HTTP security, by using a parameter in the volume or SCSI security file.
  8. The CD-ROM server now supports the Network Time Protocol (RFC 1769). Enable Network Time Protocol by setting an IP address in the "NTPServer" parameter in the IP section of the CONFIG.INI file. This is an alternative to manually setting the time, and to Novell time synchronization.
  9. The Bindery implementation is now optimized for performance.
  10. The SMB problem with reading files larger then 64 kilobytes is now fixed.
OTHER TECHNICAL INFORMATION
For other technical support information, see HP's WWW site for the HP CD-ROM server:
http://www.hp.com/go/cdrom_server
Under "Technical Support," see especially "Support Documentation" and "Frequently Asked Questions." For firmware downloads, see "Software and Drivers."

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