April2013 Scheduled Maintenance has been released
How to apply the patch with zypperList repositories
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
The DSfW team has a great tool called check-dns.pl to help diagnose DNS issue with DSfW.
The tool validates essential records for forward and reverse lookups. This tool can be found at Novell Coolsolutions.
Open Enterprise Server 11 SP1 has been released today
LearnEventually, hopefully in the next update or two to more about OES11SP1 here
The download links for OES11 SP1 are:
Download link: http://download.novell.com/SummaryFree.jsp?buildid=rmqoq2iehSQ~
As far as Domain Services for Windows goes, the install will now allow you to choose between a simplified install or the standard. The simplified install… Continue reading
There is a new survey for Domain Services for Windows at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/dsfwsurvey
Please provide any feedback on DSfW. You can have direct impact as to the road map of DSfW plus enter a chance to win $50. If your orginization is currently using DSfW, planning on using DSfW, or thinking about using DSfW please help out by taking the survey.… Continue reading
July 2012 Maintenance for OES 11 along with July 2012 Scheduled Maintenance for eDirectory 8.8 SP6 patch 6 have been released
Key DSfW specific bugs fixed with this maintenance patch
- - 771737: OES11SP1LH: MMC can not create a User
- - 761449: Can not Create Groups or OUs with MMC
- - 758572: DSFW: Windows 7 remote assistance is not working.
- -… Continue reading
List of bug fixes in the July 2012 Maintenance for OES2SP3
- 142091: Inconsistency with naming in the GUI
- 142183: Secrets added to Gnome Keyring through CASAManager have a default key/value pair of GKPassword/novell… Continue reading
List of bug fixes in the July 2012 Maintenance for OES2SP3 for eDirectory patch 6
- - 679767: NMAS Client aborts NCP connection and returns error -625 immediately upon having sent NMAS Start… Continue reading
The July 2012 Maintenance Patch for eDirectory 8.8 SP6 has been release
The 64 bit version can be found here
List of bug fixes in the July 2012 Maintenance for OES11 for eDirectory patch 6
- - 679767: NMAS Client aborts NCP connection and returns error -625 immediately upon having sent NMAS Start Session request on an idle NCP connection where… Continue reading
eDirectory 8.8 SP7 Patch 1 has been release for stand alone (non OES) Linux, Unix, and Windows
Issues addressed in the patch include
- Object modifications taking longer on the Windows platform than on Linux (Bug 759576)
- Installing an eDirectory patch on Windows 2008 fails stating that the installed patch is of a later version (Bug 766254)
resulted… Continue reading
The OES11 SP1 Beta has been publicly released
Check it out if you are interested in seeing some of the new features in OES
The big news for Domain Services for Windows is the simplified install.
The install allows for a simplified install
For the simplified install the YaST configuration screens have been minimized.
The first screen start with what… Continue reading
Here is the bases of a script to delete an attribute on a user.
I come across issues where an attribute was populated on several users that shouldn’t be there or you want to create new objectsids or just remove the existing objectsids and replace them with a back up.
Most DSfW installs are a name mapped install meaning the… Continue reading
I have seen several issues were a DSfW server becomes sluggish or unresponsive. Logins can take several minutes. Some times ndsd or another DSfW process crashes.
If a DSfW server running DNS has a DSfW specific process stop or crash a quick stop gap measure is to monitor the DSfW processes and restart them if one or more of the DSfW processes… Continue reading
If a DSfW server running DNS has a DSfW specific process stop or crash a quick stop gap mesure is to monitor the DSfW processes and restart them if one or more of the DSfW processes stop. I created a simple script that will check that a pid exists for each process. The script is called dsfw_monitor.sh. While it… Continue reading
Authasas provides biometric, smartcard, OTP, and any BioAPI compliant device. They have a solution to provide biometric authentication with DSfW. To learn more about this take a look at this presentation.
The presentation is a case study of the City of Apopka, Florida utilizing Novell eDirectory, Domain Services for Windows, Zenworks, and Authasas to provide bio-metric authentication and GPO implementation.
Eliot Lanes from… Continue reading
ATT Live has some great OES specific trainings coming up in May starting the 15th through the 18th at the M Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.
I will be doing two four hour session on DSfW for Advance Technical Training
The first session will be “Installing a Domain Service for Windows: Domain Tips and Tricks”
We will be going over… Continue reading
March 2012 Scheduled Maintenance for OES2 SP3
Here are a list of bug fixes in the patch
- - 520981: Disable Login does not work if the source server is OES Linux
- - 612452: Restore of NSS metadata fails via xattr when there are no local replica on the server
- - 637743: NCPCON NSS VERIFY shows trustee differences after… Continue reading
The creation of the DSfW domain will create a DNS zone for the domain along with the reverse zone. If there is already a zone with the same name then merging the zones is necessary.
This video shows how to use the DNS/DHCP Console to export, merge, and import zones.
Starting with OES2SP3 DSfW domain boundaries were no longer restricted to a single partition. Now partitions directly below the partitioned container mapped to the domain can be mapped to the domain as well. This can be done during the install of DSfW and creation of the domain with custom provisioning option or after the creation of the domain using the… Continue reading
Here is a playlist for videos covering the install of OES11 DSfW
It is broken out into 6 videos
Here are a list of bug fixes in the patch
January 2012 Scheduled Maintenance for OES2 SP3
- 496114: FIRST_WATCHDOG_PACKET Parameter Incorrect
- 498911: iprint_nss_relocate script fails to with errors if dn’s have space in them.
- 517837: Unable to create users with MMC due to the Top superclass on Person
- 557645: random dsfw samba crash log errors in… Continue reading
Some times the cross forest trust between DSfW and AD fails and a common reason for this failure is the cross forest trust password. By default the Windows server will reset the trust password every 30 days. Some times the change only occurs on the Windows side and trust object in DSfW does not get the update leading to a… Continue reading