2.0 Planning the Conversion of Cluster Resources

In addition to changing the operating system, the software and file systems for various clustered services must be considered in your conversion from NetWare 6.5 SP8 to Novell Open Enterprise Server (OES) 11 SP3. This section provides an overview of the NetWare services and their counterparts in OES. Before you begin a conversion, ensure that your system meets the general requirements and caveats described in this section.

Converting cluster resources for OES services from NetWare to Linux might require more than a simple cluster migration from a NetWare node to a Linux node. For example, the service might require that you use Migration Tool to convert the service from NetWare to Linux. Some services require post-conversion configuration to finalize the conversion. A few OES services on NetWare are not available on OES, so you must use the standard Linux service instead.

See Table 2-1 for information about converting cluster resources for NetWare 6.5 SP8 services:

Table 2-1 Guidelines for Converting Service Cluster Resources from NetWare to Linux

Service on NetWare 6.5 SP8

Cluster Migrate the Resource

Converting the Service to OES 11 SP3

Apache Web Server


See Section 6.0, Apache HTTP Server.

Apple Filing Protocol



See Section 5.0, Novell AFP.

Archive and Version Services

No, but you can migrate the database

See Section 7.0, Novell Archive and Version Services.


(Windows File Services)


See Section 9.0, Novell CIFS.


(Distributed File Services volume location database)


See Section 10.0, Novell Distributed File Services VLDB.

DHCP Server


See Section 11.0, DHCP Server.

DNS Server


See Section 12.0, DNS Server.


Not clustered, but requires special handling

See Section 1.8, Converting Nodes that Contain the eDirectory Master Replica or Certificate Authority.

Certificate Server

Not clustered, but requires special handling

Novell Certificate Server provides the Certificate Authority and Server Certificate services. For OES 11 SP3, the product has been rebranded as NetIQ Certificate Server.

The Certificate Authority (CA) service is not cluster-enabled for NetWare or OES. There are no cluster-specific tasks for the CA itself.

The Server Certificate service issues Server Certificate objects that might need to reside on each node in a cluster, depending on the service that is clustered. NetWare and Linux generate certificates differently, so the NetWare server’s certificate is not reused for the OES server.

See Section 8.0, eDirectory Server Certificates.

exteNd Application Server and MySQL

Not applicable

The exteNd Application Server was discontinued as an install option for NetWare 6.5 SP3. It is not available for Linux.

See also MySQL in this table.



Use the Pure-FTPd service for Linux.

See Novell FTP (Pure-FTPd) and OES 11 SP3 in the OES 11 SP3: Planning and Implementation Guide.


No, but you can migrate the settings and data

Novell iFolder 2.1x is not available on OES Linux. You must use Novell iFolder 3.x.

After you add a Novell iFolder 3.x server to the NetWare cluster and before you finalize the cluster conversion, use iFolder migration procedures to migrate the iFolder 2.1x server configuration and user data from the source NetWare node to the target Linux node. See Migrating iFolder Services in the Novell iFolder 3.9.2 Administration Guide.



See Section 13.0, Novell iPrint.



Use the open source MySQL 5.5.x software that is offered under the GPL. A MySQL cluster template is available that uses a shared LVM volume group to store the database.

See Section 14.0, MySQL.


Not tested

See Configuring NetStorage with Novell Cluster Services in the OES 11 SP3: NetStorage Administration Guide for Linux.



Use the standard NFS service for Linux.

QuickFinder (Server Synchronization Feature)

No, but you can migrate the settings and data

QuickFinder does not support any automated procedure or scripts for a rolling upgrade from NetWare to Linux. You must create a new cluster resource. NetWare uses QuickFinder 4.2.0. OES 11 and later uses QuickFinder 5.0.x.

Instead of converting the resource, you can migrate the settings from NetWare after you set up a QuickFinder resource on Linux.

See Section 15.0, QuickFinder Server.

NSS pools and volumes


See Section 16.0, Novell Storage Services Pools.



Use the standard Tomcat 6.x service for Linux.