I am trying to install Netware 6.5 SP6 from the overlay CDs on a new Dell
PowerEdge 2950. The install hangs in the gui at the "Installing eDirectory"
step. Red N is pulsing but the installation does not continue and no errors
are thrown up.

(Not sure if this is relevant) This server is a replacement for a problem
server that had a hard drive failure. The problem server had DS removed and
was removed from the production tree and installed into a separate tree for
access to one application while waiting for new hardware to arrive. Old
server retained it's name. New server is being installed into the
production tree with the same name and IP address as the old server. The old
server is taken off of the network before installation of the new server
begins and will not be brought back online once the new server is up and

I have performed NDS health check procedures. Tree appears to be healthy.
Time is synchronized and all servers are communicating appropriately.
During the install, the new server sees the network, synchronizes time, and
sees the context for installation. Then hangs when attempting to install

The tree is primarily Netware 6.5 SP6 servers (eDirectory - NDS
version 10553.73) with one Netware 6.0 SP 5 server (eDirectory 8.6.2 - NDS
version 10350.30) and three remaining Netware 5.0 SP5 servers (NDS version
7.62c). The NW 6.0 SP5 server holds the Master replica of the partition
that this server is going in to. Several months ago I did install a new
server with the Netware 6.5 SP7 overlay CDs without realizing that it
included eDirectory 8.8 (eDirectory 8.8 SP2 - NDS version 20216.51). I
would like to continue using eDirectory 8.7.3 until I am ready to migrate
away from Netware to OES Linux.

Is the presence of the NW 6.5 SP7 server causing problems in my tree that
would prevent installation of this server? Should I remove it and reinstall
it with NW 6.5 SP 6? If not, what could be causing my install to hang?

Thanks ins advance for any help that can be provided.


Mark Leach
Network Administrator
Charlottesville City Schools