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Installing eDirectory 8.8 SP6 on a Windows 2008 R2 64-bit server using ZENworks 11.2


July 13, 2012 3:22 pm

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The purpose of this document is to provide detailed steps for installation and configuration of eDirectory 8.8 SP6 on a Windows 2008 R2 machine using ZENworks Bundles. This would be a requirement when multiple eDirectory setups need to be created in a short time.

To achieve this we can install eDirectory 8.8 SP6 in silent mode using ZENworks. The following sections describe step by step procedures.


Following are the pre-requisites that need to be carried out on Windows 2008 R2 server and eDirectory.

  1. ZENworks 11.2 client needs to be installed and configured on the Server 2008 R2 machine for making it as a managed device.
  2. Appropriate configurations to firewall settings on your Windows server machine for eDirectory services to work properly or turn-off your firewall services.
  3. eDirectory 8.8 SP6 installer for Windows
  4. Response file for unattended installation and configuration of eDirectory 8.8 SP6
  5. Scripts/Batch files to automate the process (This is the attachment with the file name ““)

Note: Please refer to the section “Unattended Install and Configure to eDirectory 8.8 SP6 on Windows” in the eDirectory documentation for more details. Installing or Upgrading Novell eDirectory on Windows

Create bundle to deploy eDirectory via ZENworks bundle:

The detailed steps to create a bundle in ZENworks along with the steps/batch file details on how to install and configure eDirectory in Silent mode.

Steps to create a bundle in ZENworks ZCC console:

  1. Open and login to ZCC console.
  2. Create a New Bundle. (Bundles>>New>>Bundle…)
  3. Select “Windows Bundle” and click Next.
  4. Select “Create/Delete Directory” and click Next.
  5. Provide a Bundle name (say for example eDir-Install) and Click Next.
  6. Provide an appropriate location to create a directory where you have to copy all the pre-requsites. To continue with our explanation, lets consider the path as c:\temp

    Note: All the scripts/batch files written will address this path. You need to make appropriate changes to the scripts/batch files if the location you have provided is different from above.

  7. Click “Finish’ to create the bundle.
  8. Now open the Bundle (eDir-install) and goto Actions>>Install tab.
  9. Click on “Add>>Copy Directory” and provide the source location where the eDir installation exe and batch file are available. The destination location in our case it would be “c:\temp”

    Note: (Optional) either select “Run as dynamic administrator” option under “Advanced>>Executable security level” or “Run as secure system user (Don’t allow system to interact with desktop)” as per your requirement.

    Source location files and details:

    1. eDirectory 8.8 SP6 self extractable exe installer for windows (eDirectory_88SP6_Windows_x64.exe)
    2. Create a folder named “Install_automation” in the source location directory.
    3. Extract the zip file file under this folder “Install_automation” folder. Ensure you can see the following files under Install_automation folder:
      1. “redist_package.bat” — For installing VC ++
      2. “niciinstall_64.bat” — For installing NICI in silent mode.
      3. “eDirInstall_64.bat” — For installing eDirectory in silent mode.
      4. “” — Sample response file ( need to modify it according to your needs)
      5. “wcniciu0.iss” — required for NICI to install in silent mode
  10. Click on “Add>>Launch Executable”. Provide name “extract-edir886” and provide the following:

    Command: c:\temp\eDirectory_88SP6_Windows_x64.exe
    Command line parameters: /auto c:\temp
    Goto “Advanced” tab and select the option “When action is complete” and Click “ok”.

  11. Again click on “Add>>Launch Executable”. Provide name “run-redist” and provide the following:

    Command: C:\temp\Install_automation\redist_package
    Goto “Advanced” tab and select the option “When action is complete” and Click “ok”.

  12. Again click on “Add>>Launch Executable”. Provide name “run-niciinstall_64” and provide the following:

    Command: C:\temp\Install_automation\niciinstall_64
    Goto “Advanced” tab and select the option “When action is complete” and Click “ok”.

  13. Again click on “Add>>Launch Executable”. Provide name “run-eDirInstall_64″ and provide the following:

    Command: C:\temp\Install_automation\eDirInstall_64
    Goto “Advanced” tab and select the option “When action is complete” and Click “ok”.

  14. Now click on “Add>>Reboot/Shutdown”, select “Reboot” and click on “Ok”.
  15. Click on Apply.
  16. Click on Publish to make it as a published bundle with appropriate user input as a new version of the same bundle or with a different bundle name.
  17. Apply the bundle to an appropriate Windows 2008 R2 64-bit server managed device as a Device Assigned policy.

    Note: Create the above Actions in sequence as mentioned above for the operation to go smoothly.


  1. Install_automation” folder in ZIP format.

Accessing and using the eDirectory tools on Windows 2008 R2 machine:

You can now manage your newly installed eDirectory using the web based management program iManager. Also, you can have a graphical view of all eDirectory tools on Windows platform by going to the “Start Menu>>Settings>>Control Panel>>Novell eDirectory Services”. For more details on how to use the tools, please refer to the following cool solution: AppNote: eDirectory Administration on Windows

Troubleshooting Tips:

Problem: After installing eDirectory using the above steps found that the SSL objects were not created.

Solution: This can be solved with following workarounds/solutions.

  1. Create default server certificates manually using the PKI imanager plugin, i.e., from iManager goto:

    Roles&Tasks>>Novell Certificate Server>>Create Default Certificates

  2. Enable server self provisioning, to get the certificates automatically created. To enable it, in iManager goto:

    Roles&Tasks>>Novell Certificate Server>>Configure Certificate Authority>>Enable server self-provisioning and check the checkbox for Health Check – Force default certificate creation/update on CA change.

However, for more details on creating the objects manually, please refer to the below links:


This document helps administrators with the detailed steps to create a bundle in ZENworks (ZEN 11.2) to install and deploy eDirectory 8.8 on ZENworks managed devices very easily.

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