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Specifying the Load Stages to Be Processed and Other Command Line Switches for SERVER.EXE

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Paul Thompson
Novell, Inc.

01 Apr 2002

You can use the following command-line switches with SERVER.EXE to control the Load Stage processing during server startup:

SERVER -#<loadstage_number>

You can use the switches to process up to the specified load stage. For example,

SERVER -#a-b

has "a" and "b" as the numbers of the loadstages, which tells SERVER.EXE to process load stages a to b only. As another exemple,

SERVER -#2-4

tells SERVER.EXE to process only loadstages 2, 3 and 4. The command-line switches can also be used to skip a loadstage. For instance,


designates "a" as the loadstage number. So the above command says "do not process stage A--skip it." Similarly,

SERVER -#!2-4

tells SERVER.EXE to not process loadstages 2, 3 and 4.

Here are some other command-line switches for SERVER.EXE that can be useful in troubleshooting server startup problems.


Break into Debugger at startup.


Do not open NDS DIB, just load DS.NLM.

SERVER -B <filename>

Specifies which DS.NLM filename to use.


Do not process the STARTUP.NCF file.


Do not process the AUTOEXEC.NCF file.


Disable real mode sharing of interrupts.


Turn on System Verbose information. Some of these are only implemented in NetWare 5.1 Support Pack 3 and above.

* Originally published in Novell AppNotes


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