tkindig Absent Member.
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eMbox and eDir 8.7.3 to 8.8 upgrade

Two questions: All six servers are Netware 6.5 SP6 with eDir 8.7.3.9. I am preparing a migration (physical, identity) to OES 2 SP1 Linux. One of the servers in my tree does not have a SYS:/SYSTEM/embox folder or embox.nlm. It would appear that this was somehow not installed with the last migration or update.

How do I install it, or what do I reinstall to resolve this? I want to merge a partition into the root.

Second: I will need to install SP7 or SP8, and then install eDirectory 8.8, I am contemplating going with 8.8.5... Do I need to spend the weekend updating eDir on all six servers, or will eDir 8.7 and 8.8 work together for a week?

I have the documentation and am reading that I will need to deploy an NMAS update to my Windows workstations - which leads me to wonder if this is an all-or-nothing proposition.

Sigh -- deploy an NMAS update to 168 workstations.

Email just arrived for Novell Training services: Dragging your feet in migrating from NetWare to Novell Open Enterprise Server?

Heh.

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ataubman Absent Member.
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Re: eMbox and eDir 8.7.3 to 8.8 upgrade

You do not need embox in order to merge a partition into root.

8.7 and 8.8 will work together just fine.

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Re: eMbox and eDir 8.7.3 to 8.8 upgrade

I see Andrew aswered already part of your questions, but let me give you a
more complete answer covering your other questions as well:

- embox is not needed for partition operations like merging partitions or
anything like that. Embox may however be necessary if you plan to make
transfer ID migrations, e.g. if you use themigration tools to transfer the
ID of a NetWare server to a new OES2SP1 server

- as Andrew already said, eDir 8.7.3.9 and 8.8.x can coexist just fine,
especially if it is just for a short time anyway. There is no need to
first upgrade your netwware servers to 8.8.x

- when talking about deplyong NMAS on your workstations, I assume that
means you have not been using Universal password so far but just NDS
password, You should be aware that universal password is not a general
requirement for OES2 to work at all, but it is a requirement for certain
services to work, most importantly SMABA, CIFS and AFP. A login with a
Novell client however will continue to also work with just an NDS login
and so does an authentication through LDAP. So if you migrate from NetWare
to OES2, workstations that use a Novell client will continue to be able to
access the OES2 server just fine, even if they don't have NMAS installed.
IT's just the other services that require Universal password, and using an
NMAS enabled Novell client is to make sure the universal password gets set
and synchronized.
In other words, depending on what OES2 services you need in first place,
the fact of not using NMAS enabled clients may not be blocking for your
migration. IT would of course still be recommended to migrate to full
universal password usage as soon as possible.

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tkindig Absent Member.
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Re: eMbox and eDir 8.7.3 to 8.8 upgrade

Marcel I thank you for most informative answers. My workstations all use Windows Novell Client 4.91 SP5. These include extant versions of NMAS and NICI. NMAS is the default authentication method. It is true that we have not deployed universal password. Client workstations access file shares on NSS volumes on each branch server - local users having shares on the local server mapped by script at login.

The target for migrating these servers is OES2SP1, and I will migrate the NSS volumes intact to NSS volumes on OES linux. Universal password is, I take it, prerequisite to accommodation of NSS on OES linux.

I have tested LDAP and certificates on all servers and everything appears to be in good order.

So, this business of getting to eDir 8.8 all looks a bit less scary than it did yesterday (thank you!).

All of these migrations are transfer ID migrations. Do you have a suggestion regarding getting eMbox going on that one server? Does it really matter? I am @ 8.7.3.9 and the SP8 docs suggest this will be updated to 8.7.3.10. What I do not know is whether this update will re-install eDir or simply replace a few components and modify the schema. Perhaps I should re-install eDir 8.7.3.9 before I proceed?

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Marcel_Cox Absent Member.
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Re: eMbox and eDir 8.7.3 to 8.8 upgrade

tkindig wrote:

>Universal password
>is, I take it, prerequisite to accommodation of NSS on OES linux.


No, it isn't. NSS couldn't care less what kind of passwords you use
because you don't log into NSS. It depends on the service you connect to
whether you need universal password or not. If you use the NCP server
(e.g. you use a Noell client on that workstations), then universal
password is not strictly required. In other words, using the Novell
client, you can access NSS voumes on an OES2 server without universal
password.

>I have tested LDAP and certificates on all servers and everything
>appears to be in good order.
>
>So, this business of getting to eDir 8.8 all looks a bit less scary
>than it did yesterday (thank you!).
>
>All of these migrations are transfer ID migrations. Do you have a
>suggestion regarding getting eMbox going on that one server? Does it
>really matter? I am @ 8.7.3.9 and the SP8 docs suggest this will be
>updated to 8.7.3.10. What I do not know is whether this update will
>re-install eDir or simply replace a few components and modify the
>schema. Perhaps I should re-install eDir 8.7.3.9 before I proceed?


The problem is that there is no eDir 8.7.3.9 install. Installing a newer
SP will not completly reinstall eDirectory, but it will just install
updated versions of the NLMs that have been updated since NetWare 6.5 FCS.
However since NetWare 6.5 FCS only contained eDir 8.7.1, chances are that
pretty much everything of EMBOX will be updated, that is if EMBOX will be
updated at all. This may for example depend on whether EMBOX is listed in
the product database.
I suggest you install SP8 and see if that brings back EMBOX. If it
doesn't, then maybe the best option would be to install eDirectory 8.8.5
(the only eDir 8.8.x version still available for download) just on the
server with the missing EMBOX.


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