OK, I'm about to do an upgrade and I need some advise. After a bunch of
reading here's my plan and questions:

Customer has 2 older NW5.1 SP7 servers running cluster services on an IBM
Current E-Directory Version is 8.7.3
We are replacing both servers and upgrading to OES2 (Netware)

From what I can tell, here's what I think I need to do:

Upgrade both servers to SP8 (NW5.1)

Now, what's the best path? In the Novell docs I copied below it looks like
after cluster prepping the servers you just do a regular upgrade to
NW6.5SP6 and then upgrade cluster services. My question is can I follow
the directions below to prep the cluster and then use the Server Migration
tool to migrate and upgrade to new hardware and then continue with the
cluster install. I figure I can do one server at a time starting with the
one that is NOT the Master DS R/W
I figure this will save a lot of steps of upgrading old hardware and the
To prepare cluster servers for an upgrade, from a NetWare client run
nwdeploy.exe from the root of the NetWare 6.5 Operating System CD to
launch the NetWare Deployment Manager, then complete the following steps:

In the NetWare Deployment Manager, open the Network Preparation Folder and
then click Prepare Cluster for Upgrade>Prepare a Cluster.

Continue through the screens until you get to the screen that prompts you
to select an existing cluster to prepare for upgrade.

Specify the cluster name, eDirectory tree, and context for the cluster you
are preparing for upgrade.

Choose whether you want the servers you are going to upgrade to go down
after completing the preparation for upgrading cluster servers, then click
Next to run the program for preparing cluster servers for upgrade.

Bringing down all cluster servers before an upgrade ensures NSS volumes on
shared storage (your SAN) are deactivated prior to upgrading to NetWare

After you have completed the process for preparing cluster servers for an
upgrade, continue with Upgrading NetWare 5.1 Servers to NetWare 6.5