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By Niclas Ekstedt

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Posted: 26 Jun 2002

We found Niclas Ekstedt in one of the DS forums trying to walk a BorderManager user through an upgrade to eDirectory 8. We liked his advice enough to ask permission to republish. (We only ask permission on work we really like ;-).

When upgrading to NDS8, start with the server holding the Master replica of the [Root] partition. Then work your way through the replica rings.


  1. Check that the following patches are installed on the servers;
    • NetWare 5.0 SP6A or NetWare 5.1 SP2A
    • OS5PT2A.EXE
  2. Check your HP printers. JetDirect firmware needs to be 8.03 or greater.
  3. Apply the PREEDIRE.EXE patch.
  4. Copy the correct DSREPAIR.NLM from the PREEDIRE.EXE patch to the system folder on each server.
  5. Run DSREPAIR on the server that holds the Master replica of the [ROOT] partition
    • Run Post NetWare 5 Schema Update.
    • Run Optional Schema Enhancements.
    • Run Repair Local DS Database > Set Check Local References and Rebuild Operational schema to YES, the remaining options to NO. Choose "Yes, save the repaired database" and run with the same options until there are no errors.
  6. Use DSBROWSE.NLM to verify that the Schema attributes creatorsName and modifiersName syntax is Case Ignore String. If the syntax is Distinguished Name follow the instructions in TID 10065372.


  1. Make sure you have a good reliable backup.
  2. Backup trustees using TBACKUP.EXE, this makes possible for an easy restore of trustees in case anything should go wrong.
  3. Run PREDS8A patch on server.
  4. If NetWare 5, install at least NICI 1.5.4.
  5. Restart the server.
  6. Make sure all volumes gets mounted in AUTOEXEC.NCF.
  7. Comment out all non standard modules from AUTOEXEC.NCF and restart the server.
  8. Run a DSREPAIR again.
  9. Perform a NDS Health Check.
  10. Backup NDS using DSREPAIR -RC.
  11. Install NDS 8 and follow the instructions on screen.
    The server will be restarted twice during this procedure.

Post Installation:

  1. Backup NDS using DSREPAIR -RC.
  2. Apply the DS878.EXE patch.
  3. Restore the lines that were commented out from AUTOEXEC.NCF and restart the server.
  4. Restart the server.
  5. Perform an NDS Health Check.
  6. Verify trustees.

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