14.2 eDirectory

NetIQ eDirectory is the central, key component of Novell Open Enterprise Server (OES) and provides the following:

  • Centralized identity management

  • The underlying infrastructure for managing your network servers and the services they provide

  • Access security both within the firewall and from the Web

This section discusses the following tasks:

14.2.1 Installing and Managing eDirectory on OES

The tools you can use to install and manage eDirectory on OES are outlined in the following sections.

OES Installation Programs

OES requires that eDirectory be installed by using the YaST-based OES install.

IMPORTANT:Other utilities, such as ndsconfig and ndsmanage, are not supported for installing or removing eDirectory on OES servers, unless explicitly called for in OES-specific instructions.


iManager is the OES eDirectory management tool and is used for all eDirectory management and most OES component management tasks, including the following:

  • Creating eDirectory objects, including User and Group objects

  • Managing eDirectory objects

  • Configuring and managing OES service component controls in eDirectory

  • Accessing other OES component management tools

For information on using iManager, see the NetIQ® iManager Administration Guide.

14.2.2 Planning Your eDirectory Tree

If you don’t have eDirectory installed on your network, it is critical that you and your organization take time to plan and design your eDirectory tree prior to installing OES.

If you are new to eDirectory, the OES 11 SP2: Getting Started with OES 11 and Virtualized NetWare provides an introduction to eDirectory planning that you might find useful for getting started with eDirectory.

For detailed information on getting started using eDirectory, see Designing Your NetIQ eDirectory Network in the NetIQ eDirectory 8.8 SP8 Installation Guide.

To learn what’s new in eDirectory 8.8, see the NetIQ eDirectory 8.8 SP8 What’s New Guide.

14.2.3 eDirectory Coexistence and Migration

Novell Directory Services (NDS) was introduced with NetWare 4.0. The successor to NDS, NetIQ eDirectory, is also available for Microsoft Windows, Red Hat, and SUSE versions of Linux, as well as various flavors of UNIX (Solaris, AIX, and HP-UX).

As eDirectory has evolved, backward compatibility issues have arisen. For example, moving from NetWare 4.x to 5.x involved not only upgrading NDS, but also moving from IPX to TCP/IP. This transition brought significant changes to the core schema and security-related components. Novell has consistently provided the migration tools and support required to migrate to new eDirectory versions.

OES 11 SP3 includes eDirectory 8.8. For those upgrading an existing NetWare 6.5 SP6 server, eDirectory 8.7.3 is still available. New NetWare installations require eDirectory version 8.8.

For complete coexistence and migration information and instructions, see Migrating to eDirectory 8.8 SP8 in the NetIQ eDirectory 8.8 SP8 Installation Guide.