In addition to bug fixes, Novell Cluster Services provides the following enhancement and behavior change in the September 2012 Scheduled Maintenance for OES 11:
Novell Cluster Services introduces some intelligence in the master election process when the master leaves a cluster (voluntarily or involuntarily). The same master is elected under both the old and new algorithms, but the conclusion is reached sooner, especially for larger clusters. The new algorithm substantially reduces the time needed for master election in some cases.
This algorithm was first introduced in OES 11 SP1. For information about the old and new algorithms, see
Electing a Master Node in the OES 11 SP1: Novell Cluster Services 2.1 NetWare to Linux Conversion Guide.