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 Open Enterprise Server (OES) 2015 SP1. 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 2015 or Later

Apache Web Server


See Section 6.0, Apache HTTP Server.

Apple Filing Protocol



See Section 5.0, Novell AFP.


(Windows File Services)


See Section 8.0, Novell CIFS.


(Distributed File Services volume location database)


See Section 9.0, Novell Distributed File Services VLDB.

DHCP Server


See Section 10.0, DHCP Server.

DNS Server


See Section 11.0, 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 SP2, 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 7.0, 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 2015 in the OES 2015 SP1: 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 12.0, 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 13.0, MySQL.


Not tested

See Configuring NetStorage with Novell Cluster Services in the OES 2015 SP1 Beta: NetStorage Administration Guide for Linux.



Use the standard NFS service for Linux.

NSS pools and volumes


See Section 14.0, Novell Storage Services Pools.



Use the standard Tomcat 6.x service for Linux.