NetIQ eDirectory 8.8 SP8 includes new features and resolves several previous issues. You can upgrade to eDirectory 8.8 SP8 from eDirectory 8.8 SP7 or before, or perform a new installation. eDirectory 8.8 SP8 includes all fixes and features addressed in each eDirectory 8.8 SP7 Field Patches.
For a full list of all issues resolved in NetIQ eDirectory 8.8, including all patches and service packs, refer to TID 3426981, “History of Issues Resolved in eDirectory 8.8.x.”.
For information about what’s new in previous releases, see the “Previous Releases” section in the NetIQ eDirectory online documentation Web site.
For information about security services that are bundled with eDirectory and other components used with eDirectory, see Section 4.0, Additional Documentation.
NOTE:Check the currently installed NetIQ and third-party applications to determine if eDirectory 8.8 SP8 is supported before upgrading your existing eDirectory environment. It is also highly recommended that you back up eDirectory prior to any upgrades.
You can use any one of the platforms listed below.
eDirectory supported platforms:
Windows Server 2008 (x64) (Standard/Enterprise/Data Center Edition) and its service packs
Windows Server 2008 R2 (Standard/Enterprise/Data Center Edition) and its service packs
Windows 2012 Server
Windows Server 2012 R2
You must use an account that has administrative rights to install eDirectory 8.8 SP8 on Windows Server 2008 R2.
Windows desktop versions are not supported.
You can run the operating systems mentioned above in a virtual mode on the following hypervisors:
Windows Server 2008 R2 Virtualization with Hyper-V
For a detailed list of prerequisites for installing eDirectory on a Windows server, see the NetIQ eDirectory 8.8 SP8 Installation Guide.
When you try to add an eDirectory 8.8 SP8 server from a Windows host to an existing tree running on a different host, it might fail if the firewall is enabled.
To work around this issue, enable SLP services and an NCP port (default 524) in the firewall to allow the secondary server addition.
In some cases, schema extensions do not synchronize fast enough to the lower levels of a tree where the first new eDirectory 8.8 SP8 server is being installed, so some features are not completely installed.
This problem can be avoided by manually extending the schema in your tree before you install eDirectory 8.8 SP8, using the eDirectory 8.8 SP8 schema files located in the <Unzip Location>\Novell\NDS\x64 folder.
For more information on extending the schema, refer to the “Extending the Schema on Windows” section in the NetIQ eDirectory 8.8 SP8 Administration Guide.
When eDirectory 8.8 SP8 is installed on a Windows computer already containing the Novell Client, eDirectory installs an SLP service, but sets the service to manual mode so that it does not run when the server is booted. eDirectory then uses the SLP service from the Novell Client. If the Novell Client is removed, leaving no SLP service for eDirectory to use, you must manually start the SLP service, or change it to start automatically when the server boots.
If you have eDirectory 8.5.x or 8.6.x, you must first upgrade to eDirectory 8.7.x, then upgrade to eDirectory 8.8 SP8.
The following error is displayed:
Admin user does not have enough rights to modify the tree schema.
To resolve this issue, complete the following steps:
From the Administrator Login page of eDirectory installation, browse to and select the admin user.
Specify the password, then clickto continue.
If you upgrade an eDirectory server on which the eDirectory instrumentation is installed, the eDirectory instrumentation files are not upgraded automatically. Therefore, you must manually upgrade the eDirectory instrumentation files.
NOTE:eDirectory instrumentation is automatically installed with Identity Manager 4.0.
For more information on upgrading the instrumentation, refer to the NetIQ eDirectory 8.8 SP8 Installation Guide.
When specifying the eDirectory information during the installation, if an invalid Server object container type is specified, the installation does not detect the error until later, and the eDirectory installation fails with a -611 or -634 error.
The valid Server object container types are:
Organizational Unit (OU)
The following sections provide information on known issues at the time of the product release.
If you install NetIQ Identity Manager 4.0.2 on a computer running eDirectory 8.8 SP8, the setup program displays the following error:
Valid version of NMAS not found
The error message states NMAS 8.8.8 is not a valid version and asks if you want to proceed with the installation process. Ignore the error, and click Yes. The installation process completes successfully.
This is observed for utilities such as DSRepair, DSMerge, and DSBrowse.
To view the help files for these utilities, open them directly by double-clicking them in the folder they are located in. For example, C:/Novell/NDS/NLS/Nihongo for the Japanese help file.
If the login fails during the secondary server installation, click thebutton next to the Administrator Login Name dialog box. After this, you might see an error message and a dialog box prompting you to enter an IP address. Enter the IP address of any server in the tree, preferably the Master server of the partition to which the server is being added.
If the server is running on a port number other than 524, enter the port number as well (such as 184.108.40.206:1524 or [220.127.116.11:...ashwin examples]). This connects to the server, displays the tree name, and prompts for a login name and password. Follow the dialog boxes to continue with the installation. Ensure that the time between the primary and secondary servers is synchronized.
When you upgrade to eDirectory 8.8 SP8 and enable encrypted replication, replication fails in rare scenarios.
To work around this issue:
In NetIQ iManager, select, then select the NCP Server object.
Under the General tab, select.
Addfrom Unvalued Attributes to Valued Attributes with the certificate name. For example, .
eDirectory installation fails when the install files are run from a path that contains double-byte or extended ASCII characters.
The installer fails to find the correct path to load the rt.jar file. This issue does not occur if the eDirectory installation folder has a relatively short path. For example, eDirectory installation can fail if the length of the folder path is more than 115 characters.
DHost crashes if the administrator logs off when a repair window is still open. When you run a repair utility, all the repair windows must be closed before logging out of the Windows session.
When you invoke any of the eDirectory utilities except DSTrace, the Interactive dialog box appears.
To launch and continue using the invoked utility, click theoption in the Interactive dialog box.
Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 do not allow interactive services by default. To allow interactive services, go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Windows and change NoInteractiveServices from to . Reboot the computer to start the interactive services detection service.
NOTE:When configuring the Directory Agent for eDirectory module (ds.dlm), ensure that you exit the ds.dlm dialog box to continue using the eDirectory services.
The NetIQ eDirectory Management Toolbox (eMBox) does not handle double-byte characters for setting a roll-forward directory through the eMBox client and iManager. This can still be done by using DSBK.
In a French localized Windows environment, if you try to run the utility for configuring eDirectory on a cluster (dsclusterconfig.exe), the localized O option does not work. You must provide the corresponding English Y option for the utility to run.
If you use the dsclusterconfig.exe utility in a Japanese localized Windows environment, the utility displays corrupted Japanese characters in the Windows terminal. You must change the localization settings for the utility to use English in order to properly configure eDirectory.
Symantec Network Threat Protection conflicts with IPv6 addresses. If you want to use IPv6 addresses in iManager 2.7.7, and your computer is running Network Threat Protection, you must disable Network Threat Protection.
The Firefox browser does not support IPv6 addresses. If you want to use IPv6 addresses in iManager 2.7.7, you cannot use Firefox browser.
For iManager information, refer to the iManager online documentation.
For NMAS information, refer to the eDirectory online documentation page. This documentation is available as a zip file at the end of this page.
For Password Management information, refer to the eDirectory online documentation page. This documentation is available as a zip file at the end of this page.
For Certificate Server information, refer to the eDirectory online documentation page. This documentation is available as a zip file at the end of this page.
For NICI information, refer to the NICI online documentation.
For more information on eDirectory issues on Open Enterprise Server (OES), refer to the OES Readme.
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