The April schedule maintenance update for OES2 SP3 and OES11 brings a significant update to eDirectory. Prior to this update eDirectory on these platforms was at various patch levels of 8.8 SP6. The current update makes eDirectory 8.8 SP7 Patch 3 available to these platforms in addition to OES11 SP1.
A list of fixes included in eDirectory 8.8 SP7 (in addition to fixes in the various past support pack and patch levels of eDirectory) can be found in TID 3426981
This is especially being done to make sure that customers on older version of OES get the current stable version of eDirectory. This assumes significance in the context of the impending end of general support of OES2. Novell thinks this is best for the continued support and maintenance of these platforms through the extended support period.
Of importance is that, to take full advantage of eDirectory 8.8 SP7, a schema extension is needed. However, this is not automatically done as part of the patch installation, as schema extension needs manual intervention and administrator credentials. So, it’s recommended that the schema is extended prior to applying the patch or soon after, depending on the best practices followed in your organization for patching and schema extension. This schema extension also enables interoperability with IDM 4.
Some helpful information to be aware of:
- Even if the schema extension is not done, eDirectory 8.8 SP7 services come up and ndsd continues to work fine. However, we recommend it be done ASAP either before or after the update.
- To avoid issues during patching, the previous patches of eDirectory 8.8 SP6 have been removed the patch channels and they will be available for download on the patch finder.
- If you apply this patch on a version of OES and upgrade to a higher version (say OES2 SP3 to OES11, or OES11 to OES11 SP1) it might downgrade the version of newer OES platform, unless that platform is also patched as part of the upgrade process. There are automated checks which will halt upgrade process to prevent issues and allow you to proceed only after patching.
- If you apply this patch on a version of OES which has ConsoleOne installed to administer Groupwise on the OES Server, you may encounter package conflicts. Refer to TID 7010864 to resolve this
We’ll keep adding more information and useful pointers in this regard.