I don't know if this is by design or we have missed something.
We have an eDirectory tree running servers from NetWare 5.1 to 6.5. The tree started it's live from NetWare 4.1. :-)

The master of the [Root] is running NetWare 6.5 eDirectory 8.7. When we installed SP7 into it, eDirectory was updated to, NDS Version 10553.73. Everythings is fine.

However, we installed a new NetWare 6.5 server using the SP7 Overlay CDs into a child partition, we were surprised that the new server was installed with eDirectory 8.8 (NDS Version 20216.51). The server is even not a Read/Write of the [Root] partition!

We would seek your advices that:
1. Will it be a problem on the Schema or even the operation of the whole tree?
2. I think one of the solution is to update the Master ot the [Root] to eDirectory 8.8 SP2. However, do we need to pay for that? We've got MLA license on OES.
3. Do you have similiar problems?