While handling multiple instances of eDirectory, you may encounter the following problems:
On Linux, if eDirectory is configured on a box with multiple NIC cards and if HTTP is bound to more than one interface; if the first interface goes down, HTTP would not be accessible from the remaining interfaces.
This is because the remaining interfaces will redirect the request to the first one, but the first interface is down.
To resolve this issue, if the first interface goes down, restart eDirectory.
Ensure that all the interfaces on which eDirectory is configured are up and connected.
When using ndsconfig new or ndsmanage to create a second instance of the directory, if the interface specified is incorrect, nds tries to use the default interface. If you specify non default port (for example 1524), the interface specified is incorrect, it uses the default interface and the default port of 524.
For n4u.server.interfaces, if the interface specified is incorrect, then ndsd will try to listen on the first interface and the port number would be the one specified in n4u.server.tcp-port.
The .edir directory is used for tracking multiple instances of eDirectory. To recreate the lost or corrupted instances file (instances.$uid file, where $uid specifies the user ID of the user in the system), you must create its individual instances file.
These files must contain the absolute location of the nds.conf files of all the instances configured by the user. For example, a user with uid as 1000 must create an /etc/opt/novell/eDirectory/conf/.edir/instances.1000 instances file with the following entries: