Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 Best Practices Migration Guide

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To help streamline the transition to Novell Open Enterprise Server 2, Novell has worked with the Cool Solutions community to develop the migration best practices guide below. This guide is meant to be a living, breathing document that evolves as you gain experience migrating to Open Enterprise Server 2. Accordingly, please contribute your tips, tricks and best practices to this wiki so others can take advantage of your expertise.

Periodically, the content in this wiki will be aggregated into a PDF document that will be published in the Cool Solutions community.


  • Getting Started
    Why OES 2?
    Which Services Are Right for OES 2?
    What Migration Tools Are Available?
    How Much Training Is Needed?
  • Before You Start
    Take Inventory
    OES 2 Server Software
    OES 2 Server Hardware
    Plan Before You Migrate
    Hardware Considerations
    Application Compatibility Considerations
    Other Considerations
  • eDirectory Installation & Migration
    Choosing an eDirectory Version
    Analyzing eDirectory Design
    Choosing an eDirectory Installation or Migration Strategy
    Installation Prerequisites
    Check Existing Directory Health
    Check Requirements and Prerequisites
    Installing eDirectory 8.8 on OES 2 (Linux)
    Installing eDirectory during the OES 2 Linux (SLES 10) Installation
    Installing the eDirectory Server in a New eDirectory Tree
    Installing an eDirectory Server into an Existing Tree
    Adding LDAP Authentication Through eDirectory
    Additional Information
    Using ndsconfig to Install eDirectory
    Configuring eDirectory on OES 2
    eDirectory Migration
    Migration Process Using Replicas
    Migration Process Using migedir
    Move, Create, or Import Users
    Remove Directory Services from NetWare
    Accessing eDirectory Management Tools
    Additional eDirectory Resources
  • File System Installation & Migration
    Supported File Systems
    Novell File Systems
    Traditional Linux File Systems
    Best Bets
    File System and Directory Structure Comparison
    Linux File Permissions
    Planning File System Migration
    Plan the File System Layout
    Identify Needed File System Components
    Plan the NSS Implementation
    Identify NSS Coexistence and Migration Issues
    Additional Information
    Installing NSS on Linux
    Migrating NSS Data and Devices from NetWare to Linux
    NSS Migration Prerequisites
    Moving Devices
    Setting Up File Access for Users
    Deactivating and Reactivating Pools
    Migrating NSS Data
    Additional Information
    Post Migration Procedures
    Restore Rights and Ownership
  • Migrating Background Infrastructure Services
    Novell Cluster Services
    GroupWise Collaboration Services
    Installing or Upgrading GroupWise on OES 2
    Migrating NetWare GroupWise to OES 2
    Service Location Protocol (SLP)
    Configure SLP on Linux
    Time Synchronization
    Anti-Virus and Backup Software
    Set Up Workstation Printer Agents
    Set Up iPrint on OES 2
    Migrate iPrint to OES 2
    Securing the OES 2 Server
  • Server Consolidation & Virtualization
    XEN and NetWare
    XEN and Other Operating Systems
    Candidates for Virtualization and Consolidation
    Novell Fast Track Virtualization Engagements
    Additional Information
  • Appendix A: Preparing to Install OES 2
    Gather Installation Information
    Plan Disk Partitioning
    OES 2 Installation and Configuration Notes
    Building an AutoYaST Repository (Images)