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Applications / Re: Unofficial VBox Additions - vbxgradd.dll
« on: February 08, 2020, 07:29:16 pm »

What do you mean by commenting?  Are you talking about remming out the statement?

Yes, remming.

Applications / Re: Unofficial VBox Additions - vbxgradd.dll
« on: February 08, 2020, 06:07:13 pm »
I missed the shared clipboard feature I had been using with VMware, so seeing this post, I installed VBox Additions.   Following Oracle's instructions, shared clipboard wasn't working.   It turned out I also had to enable the shared folders feature to enable the shared clipboard.

The instructions included commenting out DEVICE=C:\OS2\BOOT\MOUSE.SYS in config.sys; however, my ArcaOS installation was using DEVICE=C:\sys\apps\AMOUSE\AMOUSE.SYS which I commented out.

Arca Noae has instructions for installing Guest Additions, but they don't mention updating config.sys for the vboxsf.ifs driver.   I have added this to my config.sys. 

Hardware / Re: Liquid/Water CPU Cooling systems
« on: February 03, 2020, 03:37:21 am »
All three of my servers have custom water loops.   I use Swiftech radiators and pumps, except for my CPU waterblocks, which I buy elsewhere.  On the server I run 24/7, I use dual pumps.  Each has a different case and a different cooling setup, but all use triple 120mm fans/radiators.  This allows me to run the fans at very low speeds which are very quiet.  Unfortunately, my 10gb switch makes all the noise.     

I began water cooling as I used to overclock to the limits, but all my current servers (8 and 22 core) use Xeons where I can only bump the base clock no more that 6 percent, so water cooling isn't necessary.  One of my cases has hosted three motherboards over it's 9.5 year life and the other two cases two motherboards.   The water cooling has worked very well keeping all my cores at very low evenly cooled temps, so I haven't felt the need to migrate back to air.

My 24/7 server has the power supply and radiator in a lower compartment sealed off from my mobo.  I pull air through a screen on the side of the case and through my radiator.  Every few months I pull the screen to blow out the dust.   Once a year I shut down the server and use an air compressor to blow out all the dust.  Once every two years I clean the water loops.   I replace the pumps every 5 years.   

Applications / Re: Java applications
« on: January 27, 2020, 07:28:40 am »
I've also been using JDiskReport v.1.4.1 w. JDK 1.6.0 (ArcaOS) without any issues.

Hardware / Re: Is there any SCSI PCI Express card supported by OS/2 ?
« on: December 04, 2019, 07:59:24 am »
Checkign arround, there is this Ultra 320 that has some OS/2 drivers (AICU320.ADD). According to some sites (like Amazon) there are some PCIe Ultra 320 cards, but I have no idea if those models will be working with OS/2.

To close the loop  on this thread....

I have been testing OS/2 SCSI with VirtualBox, and VMware's ESXi (Type-1) and Workstation Pro (Type-2) hypervisors.  I have settled on using ArcaOS (my desktop) hosted on VirtualBox and Warp Server hosted on ESXi (6.7 U3).  Although I don't have a need for SCSI on VirtualBox, I was interested to see if I could get PCI passthrough working and was unsuccessful.   Setting up SCSI PCI passthrough on ESXi was uneventful and works fine; however, I had mixed results with OS/2 (ArcaOS and eBS 4.52).   

The Good:  The older Adaptec PCI-x SCSI cards (e.g., 39160/29320) with the StarTech PCI to PCIe Adapter using the AICU320.ADD driver works fine with OS/2 and the software I used for testing.  It also works fine with PCI passthrough on ESXi.  The down side is that the StarTech adapter only utilizes the card's 32-bit bus connector, leaving the 64-bit pins unused which extend beyond the adapter card.  This will impair the performance of the faster tape drives (e.g., LTO), but not be a problem for slower drives (e.g., DDS).   I will be using this setup with Warp Server on a 24/7 ESXi host.

The Bad:  The LSI20320 PCIe SCSI card and attached SCSI tape drives were recognized by OS/2 with the LSIMPT.ADD Fusion-MPT (U320) driver.  Unfortunately, the proprietary SCSI drivers for two OS/2 backup programs I tried did not recognize the attached drives.  Oddly, the backup software PC-BAX also provides a MicroChannel SCSI driver that allowed it to recognize the tape drives, but produced API errors when attempting tape operations.  The LSI20320 using VMware Workstation Pro and SCSI card emulation works fine with OS/2 and all tape backup applications I tested.  The LSI20320 with ESXi, Windows 2003 Server and ARCserve didn't work.

The Ugly: I could not get the Adaptec 29320LP PCIe card recognized by OS/2, although this card works fine with ESXi PCI passthrough, Windows 2003 Server and ARCserve.   The 29320LP also works fine with VMware Workstation Pro and SCSI card emulation with OS/2.

On a side note, PCI SCSI passthrough requires a PCI card to be dedicated to a single VM guest, while PCI emulation allowed me to allocate specific SCSI devices on a single PCI card to my Linux host, and OS/2 and Windows guests, which would operate the devices concurrently.  Two of my ESXi guests will be using SCSI, requiring the use of two SCSI cards.

Networking / Re: OS/2 to Ubuntu: Any options other than Samba?
« on: November 24, 2019, 05:04:58 am »

Any caveats, (or suggestions), that I should be aware of?

Hi Ben,

The set up is fairly easy and there are plenty of guides on the Net.  As an example, the following are steps for setting up an NFS server on Linux (using Ubuntu/Debian APT package manager).  This assumes you have defined your hostnames within the hosts file on the Linux and OS/2 clients.

1) Install NFS server:

     sudo apt-get install nfs-kernel-server

2) Create exported share and set up permissions.  I want all groups on client systems to have access. Alternatively, you can grant yourself access:

     sudo mkdir /backup 
     sudo chown nobody:nogroup /backup
     sudo chmod 777 /backup

3) Create your /etc/exports file to define your share and grant access.  This is the only entry I have in the file (the mount point, clients must originate from the specified IP range, security for the mount).  You can have multiple lines in your exports file should you need to specify different access restrictions.

     /backup 199.50.132.* (rw,sync,no_subtree_check,no_root_squash)

4) Export the shared directory:

     sudo exportfs -a

5) Restart the NFS server to activate configuration:

     sudo systemctl restart nfs-kernel-server

Configuring a Linux client machine:

1) Install NFS client:
     sudo apt-get install nfs-common

2) Create mount point on client:

     mkdir /mnt/galaxy

3) Mount the NFS share:

     I created the following entry in my /etc/fstab and then issue the mount command.

     //galaxy/backup /mnt/galaxy nfs noauto,nofail,noatime,nolock,intr,tcp,actimeo=1800 0 0

Or you can use the following command to mount the share:
     mount galaxy:/backup /mnt/galaxy

Configuring NetDrive for the share from my ArcaOS client Romulan (see attached netdrive.jpg):

Networking / Re: OS/2 to Ubuntu: Any options other than Samba?
« on: November 23, 2019, 05:34:30 am »
I also use NFS that can be accessed from Linux, Windows and OS/2 clients.  I stream a 1.5TB archive of all my machines each month to an NFS mount on a Linux server.  I have had fewer issues with NFS compared to SMB, and file transfers are much faster with NFS than with SMB.  As a plus, NFS servers utilize trusts and are easier to set up than SMB/CIFS server shares. 

It's nice to have different options :)

Programming / Re: NetRexx on OS/2
« on: September 24, 2019, 06:31:46 pm »
AFAICT OS/2 Warp 4 GA isn't Y2K-proof, including its Rexx interpreter.

Yup. IBM shipped some of the Warp Version 4 boxes with a large blue sticker that said: 

"YEAR 2000 READY when applicable IBM FixPaks are installed.   Certain add-on features in this package are not Year 2000 ready, including: Certain device drivers, BonusPak, Application Sampler CD, WarpExplorer, TCP/IP DOS for OS/2 Warp (Winsock). Netware Client 2.11, Java 1.0.1.  For details about the above and any other features that may be identified by IBM as not Year 2000 ready see:"

Marketplace / Re: Warp Server - NOS Free
« on: September 22, 2019, 09:14:26 pm »
I finally picked up the Warp software and will be contacting the individuals who have requested copies.  This software has been donated to the OS/2 Community by Carla Hanzlik, co-founder of Sundial Systems together with the late Dr. Randell S. Flint, and one of the founding members of the still active Southern California OS/2 User Group (SCOUG). 

Thank you Carla!

Utilities / Re: DB2 WIN-OS2 ODBC and ReportSmith
« on: August 20, 2019, 08:38:50 am »
I'll need to take closer look at the personal and even the developer versions to see if they can support remote network connections.  I assumed these were restricted to using only the loopback address.  I like to keep all my data/files/home directory on a (Warp) server separate from my varied client machines. 

v6 DB2 using the v2 CAE from Win-OS2 is working perfectly.  I'm now thrilled I can use ReportSmith with DB2, the final missing piece.  I prefer RS over Approach, Crystal and InfoMaker which are all fine and also easy to use, just not my preference. 

Utilities / Re: DB2 WIN-OS2 ODBC and ReportSmith
« on: August 19, 2019, 09:00:56 pm »
Doug, I owe you another beer. 

I had given up getting ReportSmith to work w. DB2 after many attempts.  Unlike other ODBC data sources, Borland's documentation stated a DB2 gateway (OmniSQL MicroDecsionware, Gupta) was required to interface ReportSmith with DB2. 

Your ODBC on OS/2 articles are fabulous and have been my go-to source to get ODBC properly configured.   It would be nice to see you publish more in the future!

I had attempted to use the Win16 v5.2 CAE with DB2 6.1 with poor results, but I have had great success using the v2 CAE.  I don't have v7 DB2 for OS/2 (still looking), but I will be installing IBM's Small Business Suite for Linux which includes DB2 v7.1.  Once set up, I'll try your CLP trick and see if I have better results using the v5.2 CAE in Win-OS2.  IBM's DB2 v7 software announcement 201-128 discusses v7 server connectivity with 5.2 and 6.1 DB2 products and is silent on v2, so the v5.2 CAE will be my only option if I use a v7 server.  The v6.1 server running on Warp Server has been working great for my needs.

Marketplace / Re: Warp Server - NOS Free
« on: August 07, 2019, 05:11:12 pm »
Update:  All the Warp Server's have found new homes, but two V.3 Warp clients are still available.

Events / Re: ArcaOS 5.0.4 is out!
« on: July 30, 2019, 07:56:00 pm »
Anybody else with the same problem?

Yes, received emails for two upgrades yesterday, but haven't been able to download.

Didn't have the "https" url issue, but needed to download using FF on Linux.   I was afraid the update might mung my system as I am using 386 HPFS, but the upgrade was uneventful and everything is working fine.

Events / Re: ArcaOS 5.0.4 is out!
« on: July 30, 2019, 02:40:58 am »
Anybody else with the same problem?

Yes, received emails for two upgrades yesterday, but haven't been able to download.

Marketplace / Re: Warp Server - NOS Free
« on: July 27, 2019, 12:44:40 am »
Paying in DEM would have been a great deal on shipping.  Euro it is :-).   I need to collect the boxes in the next week or two and I'll put one aside for you.   I'll contact you when I'm ready to ship.

I still have two other new Warp Server and two new Warp client boxes for anyone interested.

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