I wanted to document my recent experience installing OES sp2. Partly
for my sanity but mainly to hopefully help other people and get feedback
from others. I have years of experience with Novell and even worked for
Novell Consulting and have moderate experience with Linux - particularly
SuSE.

It is amazing how much trouble installing this server can be. I can't
believe things are this difficult. Is there anybody testing these
installations inside Novell or did they lay those people off too?

For those who only want the Cliff notes I have tabulated my lessons
learned here:
Lesson 1: Don't trust the YaST install for eDirectory.
Lesson 2: Don't include all the packages you want to install during the
initial install if you want iManager to work.
Lesson 3: eDirectory install through YaST works as long as lesson 2 is
followed.
Lesson 4: Don't use tree name in iManager, use IP address instead.
Lesson 5: Create a EVMS partition on a blank device before using
iManager/Storage to create a pool.
Lesson 6: Don't use iManager to create pools on blank EVMS managed disks
use nssmu
Lesson 7: iFolder install must work using some other method which I
haven't found yet.

I had a working OES sp1 server running iFolder 3.x. My goal was to get
an OES sp2 server running iFolder3.x. As this was a test/pilot server I
decided to tear it down and install OES sp2. That was over a week ago.
I have since installed OESsp2 well over 6 times and each time there
has been some issue.

The server is a Dell PowerEdge 2850, 36GB Raid0, 2GB Ram, Dual Processor

Is downloading the sp2 CD set a challenge for anyone else? I rarely
received download speeds of over 60kb/s and had major frustrations
getting the entire set. I took me over three days to get the CDs
downloaded an burned. I tried downloading files using three different
computers on two different networks and still download speeds are
horrific. I don't get it!

I configured my Raid drives as one logical drive put in the CD and
started the install. I went through the EVMS installation per the
documentation
(http://www.novell.com/documentation/...5.html#btejmd5)
and selected eDirectory, iManager, Linux User Management, NSS, NCP
Server, IP Management, Backup Services, Health Monitoring.

When the eDirectory configuration came up I selected the server holding
the master replicas of the tree as my LDAP server. I chose on of my
primary Netware time servers as my NTP server. I put in my SLP scope
and both addresses for my DAs and I got a LDAP unable to bind to server
error. eDirectory wouldn't completely install no matter how many times
I tried. The server, SAS and LDAP server and group objects would appear
in eDirectory (using ConsoleOne) but the install would not complete. I
even got the the point where I started the install process all over,
wiping the drives and all - twice. On the third time through, I aborted
the eDirectory install. Then I ran ndsconfig with all the applicable
eDirectory settings and it went through without a hitch. My tree was
and is working just fine. I never ran an LDAP dstrace on my master
server. Lesson one: don't trust the YaST install for eDirectory.

After the eDir install I hit the http://localhost web site and I get a
server cgi error. No initial welcome screen and certainly no iManager.
I dinked around trying to uninstall and re-install iManager, Apache,
Tomcat but no web page, no iManager.

Then I read in this forum (I don't have the exact thread name) on how
installing NSS during the initial installation caused iManager problems.
{I'd like someone at Novell to explain that one.}

I tore down the server once again and decided to take the approach of
having two logical drives, one for the system using LVM and one for
iFolder using EVMS/NSS. I configured the first logical drive for /boot
swap and / the second logical drive I didn't touch. This time I
selected ONLY, eDirectory, iManager, LUM and NCP. What do you know,
eDir went through without a hitch, the welcome screen happily appeared
along with iManager! Are you kidding me!!?? Lesson two: don't include
all the packages you want to install during the initial install if you
want iManager to work. Lesson three: eDirectory install through YaST
works as long as lesson 2 is followed.

I tried to login to iManager but could not. Guess what? You have to
put in the IP Address of a server holding a replica and not the tree
name. Lesson 4: Don't use tree name in iManager.

I installed NSS feeling better about things. I went to iManager and
tried to create a pool on my second logical drive and I got 'CIMOM error
occurred: cannot write to the given file'. Ugh! I got no help from
support.novell.com as I already had EVMS configured. I went into YaST
partitioner and checked the drive and it couldn't read the partition
table of my second logical drive. What! I deleted the partition table
and disk label and reconfigured the drive for EVMS. The documentation
says to leave this alone during the install process so I thought
iManager/NSS would take care of it. I was wrong. Lesson 5: Create an
EVMS partition on a blank device before using iManager/Storage to create
a pool.

I restarted the server, went back to iManager/Storage and tried to
create a pool and got the same CIMOM error as before. Now what! I
removed NSS and re-installed and configured through YaST and still the
same result. I got the same CIMOM error when trying to create a pool or
partition. Doesn't seem to matter. Just for kicks I ran nssmu and yes,
you guessed it, all worked fine. I created a pool, partition, volume
without any issues. I had iManager up at the time and would refresh the
screen and it would show each completed nssmu task. Once again - ARE
YOU KIDDING ME!!?? Lesson 6: Don't use iManager/Storage to create pools
on blank EVMS managed disks.

Now that I have the server running, able to manage it through iManager
and have my NSS partition created, I'm ready to install iFolder. I
start YaST, select iFolder 3.x, fill in the information and all looks
good. I select iManager/iFolder Management and it asks for
iFolderServerName. I select the browse button to look for it in the
directory and I can't find any iFolder server - anywhere. I tried the
'ol lesson 4 trick and put in the IP address of my server - nothing. I
have uninstalled and re-installed iFolder several times and get the same
result. Lesson 7: iFolder install must work using some other method.