eDirectory is the heart of OES network services and security.
If you are installing into an existing tree, be sure you understand the information in Section 15.2.3, eDirectory Coexistence and Migration.
If you are creating a new eDirectory tree on your network, you must do some additional planning before you install the first server into the tree. The first server is important for two reasons:
You create the basic eDirectory tree structure during the first installation
The first server permanently hosts the Certificate Authority for your organization
To ensure that your eDirectory tree meets your needs, take time to plan the following:
Structure of the eDirectory tree: A well-designed tree provides containers for servers, users, printers, etc. It is also optimized for efficient data transfer between geographically dispersed locations. For more information, see Novell eDirectory 8.8 SP7 Administration Guide.
Time synchronization: eDirectory requires that all OES 2 servers, both NetWare and Linux, be time synchronized. For more information, see Section 13.3, Time Services.
Partitions and replicas: eDirectory allows the tree to be partitioned for scalability. Replicas (copies) of the partitions provide fault tolerance within the tree. The first three servers installed into an eDirectory tree automatically receive replicas of the tree’s root partition. You might want to create additional partitions and replicas. For more information, see Novell eDirectory 8.8 SP7 Administration Guide.
For information on these and other eDirectory planning tasks, see the Novell eDirectory 8.8 SP7 Administration Guide.
The OES 2 SP3: Getting Started with OES 2 and Virtualized NetWare provides a basic introduction to creating container objects as well as Group and User objects in eDirectory.