Shawn Iverson responded to our OES Open Call with this nice piece about migration. His meditative approach underscores the importance of personal tranquility when approaching delicate IT procedures. Put down that Red Bull, clear your mind, and let Shawn guide you to migration nirvana. [Which Wikipedia defines as "the imperturbable stillness of mind after the fires of desire, aversion, and delusion have been finally extinguished." Please let us know when you get there.]
Step 1 -- Become One with Your Environment
Understand and document your environment.
i.e. IP Addressing, services running on old server, eDirectory structure, etc.
This information is different in every environment.
Step 2 -- Be Your Environment
Fully back up your current environment.
These steps vary depending on your backup solution.
Step 3 -- Focus and Meditate on Your Environment
Practice with OES in a test environment first until you are comfortable. A good technique is to restore/clone your current environment into a sandbox, snapshot it, and practice upgrading until you get it right. This is also a good way to verify that restores from backup will work as well
Again, steps here vary depending on your backup and cloning solution.
Step 1 -- Where's my CA?
Make sure you know where your Certificate Authority is located.
A quick way to determine which server is the CA is to go to iManager --> Novell Certificate Server --> Configure Certificate Authority
Look at the host server entry.
Step 2 -- Is my CA valid?
iManager --> Novell Certificate Server --> Configure Certificate Authority --> Certificates --> Check each cert and click Validate
If your CA certs are not valid, you will need to fix this before proceeding as you will not be able to generate server certificates.
The procedure to fix this problem is to recreate your CA and generate new CA certificates.