How to install/configure eDirectory 8.8.5 on Opensuse

UPDATE (post-publish), 20100806:  Though this post was originally tested entirely on 32-bit Opensuse 11.1, thanks to the prompt by Philip (see comments below), I have set up and tested this config on 64-bit Opensuse 11.3 with the 64-bit eDirectory 8.8sp5.  I can confirm that it works well.  Now back to the original post…

A little while ago, I had to get a quick lab up with two redundant LDAP servers for application testing.  I had some Opensuse 11.1 32-bit VM images lying around, and I chose eDirectory, for ease of administration and setup in my short time available.  This is a quick way to get a high-quality, fault-tolerant free directory server on a free OS

Of course, I happened to take notes (as I usually do), and thought I’d post them here for anyone who might be interested in doing the same.

In the following example environment, the two servers are “node1” ( and “node2” (, in the eDirectory tree called “NODETREE”.  The rest should be obvious…

First, install the required supporting library:

zypper in libstdc++33

Get the eDirectory files from Novell:

…and unzip it, and run setup:

cd /tmp/eDirectory/setup

Ignore this “unsupported” warning. If we could enter “Of course!”, we would, but we can’t. Just enter “y”….
%%% Warning: This is not a supported platform for eDirectory 8.8.5. Please refer to NOVELL Documentation for information on supported platforms. Do you want to Continue  '[y/n/q] ? '

You are prompted to agree to the license… …yes, you agree to the license…. πŸ˜‰
Press “q” to quit viewing, and “y” to agree.

You are prompted to “Select the components you wish to install..
Choose option 1 to install the server (or 1,2 for all). It will install needed packages.


Now edit the eDirectry “hosts” config file, since it is a closed environment.  I’m starting on node2 for some strange reason, so I add that as the address of the tree here:

vi /etc/opt/novell/eDirectory/conf/hosts.nds

…and create the following entry:


If you’re not using DNS in your lab, you might want to make sure all eDir servers are in the hosts file.  Either way, just make sure they are resolvable:

vi /etc/hosts

…and create the following entries:


Now run ndsconfig with the required parameters.  Here is my example to build a new tree with the first of two servers (again, mine happens to use node2 first, but either server is fine to build the tree):

/opt/novell/eDirectory/bin/ndsconfig new -t nodetree -n ou=Services.o=CORP -a cn=admin.o=CORP -i -S node2 -B

…and you will be asked for the new Admin password and the NDS (whoops, eDirectory) instance and DIB location.

Add the other server to that previously-created tree (after repeating the install procedures on the second server):

/opt/novell/eDirectory/bin/ndsconfig add -S node1 -t nodetree -n ou=Services.o=CORP -a cn=admin.o=CORP -B -p

…and that’s it! You’re up and running, and ready for LDAP requests. Of course, you might want to create an OU for users (perhaps ou=users,o=CORP), and some users, etc., etc., etc…



  1. philip

    Will this work on OS11.3?

  2. Jeremy Pavlov

    @ philip

    I’m not sure if it will work in Opensuse 11.3… Honestly, I haven’t tried it. I’m sure I will though, and I’ll report back…
    Make sure to let me/us know what happens if you (or anyone else) try it!

    – Jeremy

    UPDATE, 20100806: Thanks to the prompt by Philip (see comment above), I have set up and tested this config on 64-bit Opensuse 11.3 with the 64-bit eDirectory 8.8sp5. I can confirm that it works well.

  3. philip

    Thanks for testing it on 11.3, I am probably gonna use it for building a test environment at work.

    Maybe if you would change the title of your blog it will appeal to more people, ‘cos hey, who is using 11.1 nowadays?


  4. Jeremy Pavlov

    @ philip

    Good advice. I have modestly tweaked the post and the subject accordingly.

    By the way… I still use 11.1 in a couple places… πŸ˜‰

    – Jeremy

  5. goll

    Hi Jeremy,

    vi /etc/opt/novell/eDirectory/conf/hosts.nds

    …and create the following entry:


    Could you please tell me what exactly does this step do ?


  6. Jeremy Pavlov

    @ goll

    Ah, that. That is a manual way for the replica servers to find eDirectory (especially helpful during the installation of additional servers after the first), since I didn’t have SLP and stuff set up in my closed lab. You don’t have to do it if you have a working SLP/DNS environment, but it certainly doesn’t hurt.


  7. goll

    Hello again

    Thanks for the clarification πŸ™‚


  8. Espen


    I have been trying to install edirectory

    ./ndsconfig new -t glommensgate -n o=ew -a cn=admin.o=ew
    Starting the service ‘ndsd’… Error: Cannot start ‘ndsd’, start manually.

    ERROR: ./ndsconfig return value = 10

    ./ndscheck –config-file /etc/opt/novell/eDirectory/conf/nds.conf
    ERROR: Failed to connect to server “” at port “524”.

    openSUSE 12.1 (i586)
    VERSION = 12.1
    CODENAME = Asparagus
    eDirectory 8.8.7

    Have you trid it? Do you have some tips on how to get it working.
    I have googled a lot but don’t find much info. πŸ™


  9. Jeremy Pavlov

    On 12.1, eh? I haven’t tried that. I haven’t checked to see if there are other versions, or if it’s even possible…
    It didn’t complain about dependancies or anything?

  10. Espen


    I did a new test on a virtual maskin.
    I installed opensuse 12.1 standar KDE

    Downloaded eDirectory_88SP7_Linux_i586.tar.gz

    It said it needed libstdc++
    So I ‘zypper install libstdc++33’
    Then ‘nds-install’
    No problem.
    but when I tride

    linux-nu9c:~/eDirectory/setup # ndsconfig new -t glommensgate -n o=ew -a cn=admin.o=ew
    Enter the password for cn=admin.o=ew:
    Re-enter the password for cn=admin.o=ew:

    Please enter the absolute path for the instance [ /var/opt/novell/eDirectory ]:

    Please enter absolute path of the database directory [ /var/opt/novell/eDirectory/data/dib ]:

    Configuring the NDAP interfaces… Done
    Configuring the HTTP interfaces… Done
    Configuring the LDAP interfaces… Done

    Configuring Novell eDirectory server with the following parameters, Please wait…
    Tree Name : glommensgate
    Server DN : linux-nu9c.o=ew
    Admin DN : cn=admin.o=ew
    NCP Interface(s) :
    HTTP Interface(s) :
    HTTPS Interface(s) :
    LDAP TCP Port : 389
    LDAP TLS Port : 636
    LDAP TLS Required : Yes
    Duplicate Tree Lookup : Yes

    Configuration File : /etc/opt/novell/eDirectory/conf/nds.conf
    Instance Location : /var/opt/novell/eDirectory/data
    DIB Location : /var/opt/novell/eDirectory/data/dib

    ERROR: Unable to get host IP address.

    linux-nu9c:~/eDirectory/setup # ifconfig
    eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 08:00:27:89:4D:E9
    inet addr: Bcast: Mask:
    inet6 addr: fe80::a00:27ff:fe89:4de9/64 Scope:Link
    RX packets:162162 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:44935 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
    RX bytes:145310669 (138.5 Mb) TX bytes:2878960 (2.7 Mb)

    linux-nu9c:~/eDirectory/setup # /etc/init.d/ndsd start
    redirecting to systemctl
    linux-nu9c:~/eDirectory/setup # ps aux |grep ndsd
    root 31465 1.1 0.5 145712 23412 ? Sl 20:02 0:00 /opt/novell/eDirectory/sbin/ndsd

    Well it does look like it’s working thise time. Se if I can get a imanager working to connect to it:)


  11. Jeremy Pavlov

    @Espen –

    Well, that’s funny. Yes, sometimes just re-tracing your steps is helpful.
    I was going to say that maybe you need to configure your /etc/hosts file or something, but then you figured it out..

    Way to go!

  12. mike

    Works on 12.2 using eDir 8.8.7

  13. Jeremy Pavlov

    @ mike –

    Thanks for the heads-up, Mike!


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