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March 2014 Scheduled Maintenance Patch

March 2014 Scheduled Maintenance has been released

How to apply the patch with zypper.  YaST Online Update can also be used.

List repositories to ensure the update the server is registerd and the updated repository is present
zypper lr
Should see the following:
nu_novell_com:OES11-SP1-Updates | OES11-SP1-Updates | Yes | Yes

List patches in the Updates repository
zypper pch OES11-SP1-Updates
Should see… Continue reading

I/OTest script to check if the disk I/O is causing slow performance

Slow VM Performacne, use IOTest to see if the disk IO is the culprit

This script will test the disk IO by copying 500Mb of data using the same block size as eDir uses and with the same api eDir uses “fdatasync”.
This writes 500 Mb of data each iteration to the iotest.log in the dib directory, usually the /var/opt/novell/eDirectory/data/dib/
It… Continue reading

New Patch for eDir 8.8.7.5

Patch 8.8.7.5 was released and immediately pulled after seeing ndsd cores due to ldap search filters of (guid=).  A new patch is now available.  To view if the new patch has been applied run the command:
zypper list-patches –bugzilla=864542

To apply the patch run the command:

zypper up -t patch oes11sp1-edirectory-887-patch5-8910

The following packages will be upgraded:
novell-NDSbase novell-NDSbase-32bit novell-NDScommon… Continue reading

New Features in DSfW OES11SP2

There is a great article on Novell CoolSoltutions about the New Features in DSfW OES11SP2.

It gives great information on the new features with screenshots and explanations. Take a look and learn more about the new features of DSfW.

January 2014 Scheduled Maintenance Ptach

January 2014 Scheduled Maintenance has been released

How to apply the patch with zypper.  YaST Online Update can also be used.

List repositories to ensure the update the server is registerd and the updated repository is present
zypper lr
Should see the following:
nu_novell_com:OES11-SP1-Updates | OES11-SP1-Updates | Yes | Yes

List patches in the Updates repository
zypper pch OES11-SP1-Updates
Should see… Continue reading

OES11SP2 is Available for Download

OES11sp2 is now available for download.

Sites and Subnets functionality is the biggest addition to DSfW.  It will allow the configuration of users to authenticate to a specific Domain Controller.  For this feature to work all Domain Controllers must be OES11sp2 servers.
Easy Wins configuration, Mac Client Support, Windows 8 Support,  Windows 2012 Support,… Continue reading

SCA Appliance

Ever wonder what happens when you run a supportconfig -ur SR#?  The support config gets uploaded and analyzed by a Support Config Analysis server that runs potentially over 900 support patterns to analyze the support configs contents.  The report is then posted to the SR listing critical issues than when fixed have been found to fix roughly 50% of the… Continue reading

November 2013 Scheduled Maintenance

November 2013 Scheduled Maintenance has been released

How to apply the patch with zypper.  YaST Online Update can also be used.

List repositories to ensure the update the server is registerd and the updated repository is present
zypper lr
Should see the following:
nu_novell_com:OES11-SP1-Updates | OES11-SP1-Updates | Yes | Yes

List patches in the Updates repository
zypper pch OES11-SP1-Updates
Should see… Continue reading

DNS CASA Repair Script

A common reason for  Novell DNS to fail to update records or even fail to load is do to CASA credentials for the DNS proxy user.

When troubleshooting Novell DNS issues start with the /var/opt/novell/log/named/named.run log.
If novell-named fails to start or update records and CASA Error has occured, error:No credential is retrived from CASA is seen in the log,… Continue reading

New DSfW Monitor Script

I previously created two scripts, dsfw_processcheck.sh and dsfw_portchk.sh, one to monitor pids and one to monitor ports.  With the two script they are helpful to ensure the DSfW services are up.  A new script combines the two and adds additional options.  The script not only checks for pids and ports, but it can be used to create a cron job… Continue reading

September 2013 Scheduled Maintenance

July2013 Scheduled Maintenance has been released

How to apply the patch with zypper.  YaST Online Update can also be used.

List repositories to ensure the update the server is registerd and the updated repository is present
zypper lr
Should see the following:
nu_novell_com:OES11-SP1-Updates | OES11-SP1-Updates | Yes | Yes

List patches in the Updates repository
zypper pch OES11-SP1-Updates
Should see the… Continue reading

How To Register OES and SLES Servers Using Command Line and a Script

It is important to keep your servers at the current patch level.  Usually there are many bugs fixed and if you come across a new issue it helps Novell Support the the Developers.

I like to use the command line to register my servers.  It is easy and relatively fast compared to the GUI.  Even easier is to use a… Continue reading

July 2013 Scheduled Maintenance

July2013 Scheduled Maintenance has been released

How to apply the patch with zypperList repositories
zypper lr
Should see the following:
nu_novell_com:OES11-SP1-Updates | OES11-SP1-Updates | Yes | Yes

List patches in the Updates repository
zypper pch OES11-SP1-Updates
Should see the following:
OES11-SP1-Updates | oes11sp1-July-2013-Scheduled-Maintenance | 7889 | recommended | Needed

Install the maintenance patch
zypper up -t patch oes11sp1-July-2013-Scheduled-Maintenance

Then list the patches… Continue reading

DSfW: Provisioning using python script

Need to do the DSfW install via a putty session/ no gui.  Look at this coolsolution article DSfW: Provisioning using python script.  It provides a python script to do the provisioning portion of the  install with out the need of X Server.  It is also reported to be faster.  Great for scripted installs.

Adding displayName to DSfW user accounts

BES10 requires AD authentication so DSfW is being deployed to accomplish this in eDirectory environments.
The displayName attribute is one attribute that must be populated.

The following attributes must be populated for BES10
displayName
mail
samAccountName
distinguishedName
objectGUID

All but two are automatically populated on DSfW users.
displayName and mail are not.  Hopefully mail is already populated since this is… Continue reading

May 2013 Scheduled Maintenance

May 2013 Scheduled Maintenance has been released

How to apply the patch with zypperList repositories
zypper lr
Should see the following:
nu_novell_com:OES11-SP1-Updates | OES11-SP1-Updates | Yes | Yes

List patches in the Updates repository
zypper pch OES11-SP1-Updates
Should see the following:
OES11-SP1-Updates | oes11sp1-May-2013-Scheduled-Maintenance       | 7715    | security    | Needed

Install the maintenance patch
zypper up… Continue reading

April 2013 Scheduled Maintenance

April2013 Scheduled Maintenance has been released

How to apply the patch with zypperList repositories
zypper lr
Should see the following:
nu_novell_com:OES11-SP1-Updates | OES11-SP1-Updates | Yes | Yes

List patches in the Updates repository
zypper pch OES11-SP1-Updates
Should see the following:
OES11-SP1-Updates | oes11sp1-April-2013-Scheduled-Maintenance | 7421 | security | Needed

Install the maintenance patch
zypper up -t patch oes11sp1-April-2013-Scheduled-Maintenance

Then list the patches… Continue reading

NDSD Health Check Script

I’ve received a great deal of feed back on the DSfW Health Check Script and applied some changes. One of the suggestions was to do only a ndsd (eDirectory) script. The DSfW Health Check Script works for both DSfW and eDirectory servers, but if all you want to do is check eDirectory health on a DSfW server or want a… Continue reading

Latest DSfW Health Check Script

I’ve received a great deal of feed back on the DSfW Health Check Script and applied some changes.
I am always looking for suggestions. I’ve created an updated video with the latest script. Watch to to learn about configuring it for your specific needs.

 

OES 11 SP1 eDirectory Install

Looking to install  eDirectory on OES 11 SP1?  Here is a video going through the install and giving some tips on doing a successful install.

 

Script to modify grouptype – modify_grouptype.sh

I did a post in January on grouptype and their impact on DSfW performance in TID 7011498 DSfW Slow Performance/Group Types.  The post shows how to find grouptype settings, goes over a couple of TIDs discussing grouptypes and a video giving even more info on the subject.

I have since written a script that will easily search for and… Continue reading

Troubleshooting High Utilization – High Utilization Gstack tool

Some times ndsd or another process can cause a server to go into high utilization or to become unresponsive.  A great TID to follow for OES servers is TID 7007332 – Troubleshooting ndsd becoming unresponsive on OES Linux.  A TID specific for DSfW servers to start with is TID 7010462- Troubleshooting slow logins and unresponsive DSfW server.

When… Continue reading

January 2013 Scheduled Maintenance for eDirectory 8.8 SP7 Patch 2

January 2013 OES11SP1 Scheduled Maintenance for eDirectory 8.8 SP7 Patch 2 has been released

Description

January 2013 OES11SP1 Scheduled Maintenance for eDirectory 8.8 SP7 Patch 2 Hot Patch1

  • - 795674: ndsd crashes in libnldap.so with latest November 2012 eDirectory Patch 8.8.7 Patch 2
  • - 799053: ldap and ldaps interfaces are lost on DSFW server after installing eDir887patch2 + OES11SP1 Nov… Continue reading

January 2013 Scheduled Maintenance for OES11SP1

January 2013 Scheduled Maintenance for OES11SP1 has been released

How to apply the patch with zypperList repositories
zypper lr
Should see the following:
nu_novell_com:OES11-SP1-Updates                        | OES11-SP1-Updates                       | Yes     | Yes

List patches in the Updates repository
zypper pch OES11-Updates
Should see the following:
OES11-SP1-Updates | oes11-sp1-January-2013-Scheduled-Maintenance   | 7195    | recommended | Need

Install the maintenance patch
zypper up -t… Continue reading

January 2013 Scheduled Maintenance for OES11

January 2013 Scheduled Maintenance for OES11 has been released

How to apply the patch with zypperList repositories
zypper lr
Should see the following:
nu_novell_com:OES11-Updates                        | OES11-Updates                       | Yes     | Yes

List patches in the Updates repository
zypper pch OES11-Updates
Should see the following:
OES11-Updates | oes11-January-2013-Scheduled-Maintenance   | 7170    | recommended | Need

Install the maintenance patch
zypper up -t patch… Continue reading

January 2013 Scheduled Maintenance for OES2SP3

January 2013 Maintenance patch for OES2P3 has been released

Key DSfW specific bugs fixed with this maintenance patch

  • 787330: Can’t install ADC to DSfW domain that is updated to Sept 2012 patch level
  • 790828: DSfW Assign rights fails in XAD\_RETAIN\_POLICIES=no case and if there are containers with nspm… attr set
  • 792131: DSFW – behavior for isdeleted attribute doesn’t match with… Continue reading

DSfW and eDirectory Health Check

It is a good idea to periodically check the health of DSfW and eDirectory servers.

This video concentrates on a script I wrote that can be ran on both eDirectory and DSfW servers.

The script demonstrated in this video is called dsfw_edir_healthchk.sh.  To get the latest version of the script click on the DSfW Health Check link in the download section… Continue reading

DSfW Express Install in OES11SP1

With OES11SP1 there are two install options.  Express and regular.

The difference between the two is the express install will not prompt for the server and dib location, SLP configuration, the OES proxy user, or the DNS configuration.  If there are no other Novell DNS servers in the tree this is a good option.  Otherwise do the regular install to… Continue reading

Install error: ndsconfig error 74

Installs can be tricky especially when installing into an existing tree that has been around since NetWare 4.11, has multiple partitions, several locations, and dozens of servers.  If the tree is not healthy the install of DSfW has a greater chance of failure.  If communication with all servers is good, the tree is healthy, and the Preparing for Domain Services for Windows Install TID… Continue reading

DSfW Slow Performance/Group Types

DSfW, like AD, has multiple group types.  This is found in the grouptype attribute.  TID 7004405 goes over the three group types.

Domain Local group: -2147483644
Global group: -2147483646
Universal group: -2147483640

The default group type is Universal group.   This group type can generate a lot of extra traffic causing the performance of the domain controller to suffer.

Global… Continue reading

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