9.1 Migrating to eDirectory 9.1 While Upgrading the Operating System

In this scenario, you can migrate to eDirectory 9.1 after upgrading the operating system. For example, you can upgrade from a 32-bit operating system to a 64-bit operating system. The table below describes the migration path.


Table 9-1 Migration Path

Operating System

Starting State

Intermediate State

Intermediate State

Desired State


Windows 2008 SP2 + eDirectory 8.8 SP8

Windows 2012 + eDirectory 8.8 SP8

Windows 2012 R2 + eDirectory 9.1

Precautions: Before upgrading eDirectory on Linux, ensure that the hostname is configured to a valid IP address and not to loopback address in the /etc/hosts file.


SLES 10 + eDirectory 8.8.8.x

SLES 11 SP4 + eDirectory 8.8.8.x

SLES 12 + eDirectory 8.8 SP8

SLES 12 + eDirectory 9.1.x

IMPORTANT:Ensure that you run ndsconfig upgrade after upgrading eDirectory 8.8 SP8 to eDirectory 9.1.


  1. 1 Backup your eDirectory 8.8.8.x files before upgrading the operating system. Stop eDirectory and back up the following files:

    • dib directory

    • nds.rfl directory (by default this directory is present under the dib directory)

    • nds.conf file

    • nici directory (In case of a root user, the directory found at /var/opt/novell/nici/0 will be the NICI user directory)

    • log files

  2. 2 Do not perform any operations on the intermediate state other than upgrading eDirectory, if the eDirectory version is not supported on a particular operating system in the intermediate state.