Options to Consider for Installing the eDirectory
Before you can use the eDirectory, you must decide what operating system you want to use. Because the eDirectory can be hosted by many operating systems, this choice will depend on the major operating systems used in your network. For example, if you are a
Depending on the number of objects and attributes you will store in the eDirectory, as well as the operating-system platform you will use, the hardware requirements will vary. In the following sections that describe installing the eDirectory on different operating systems, you will find a table that describes several situations that show the hardware requirements, depending on the size of the eDirectory you want to create. If you anticipate using the eDirectory for more than the minimal number of objects, you should also plan to use a hardware platform that is more powerful, as shown in these tables. If you decide to add objects or attributes that are not part of the generic eDirectory installation, you need to consider using values larger than those shown in these tables. For example, if you
Novell suggests the following basic hardware requirements for installing any version of the eDirectory:
Hardware Requirements for NetWare 6.x, Windows NT/2000/Server 2003, and Linux
You can install the eDirectory on NetWare 6.x. For backward compatibility you can also install the directory on 5.x servers, but you should check the Web site www.novell.com to ensure that your 5.1 NetWare system has been patched and upgraded to the newest requirements for the eDirectory. For NetWare 5.1 this includes Support Pack 5, as well as other requirements. The hardware and software requirements described in the remainder of this chapter are based on the eDirectory, version 8.7. In some cases you may be required to update your 5.x NetWare installation to NetWare 6 to use the eDirectory.
For installing the eDirectory on NetWare 6.x, Table 34.1 describes the hardware requirements, depending on the minimal number of basic objects and attributes (included with the eDirectory) you will require. This table can also be used to judge the minimal requirements necessary for installing the eDirectory on Windows NT/2000/2003 servers.
Table 34.1. Minimal Hardware Requirements for NetWare 6.x
Hardware Requirements for Solaris Unix
Another popular operating system you can use to install the eDirectory is the Solaris operating system from Sun Microsystems. Table 34.2 shows the hardware requirements you will need to meet in order to install the directory on this platform. Again, these are minimal requirements, and you need to take into consideration additional requirements if you plan to use additional objects or attributes. In the Unix environment this will probably be an important factor due to the nature of Unix versus NetWare, Linux, and Windows systems. This is due to the dissimilarity of these operating systems, and the types of objects you will need to access using the eDirectory.
Additionally, if you plan to use multiple authentication
Table 34.2. Minimal Hardware Requirements for Solaris Unix
Hardware Requirements for Solaris AIX Unix
IBM's version of Unix is called AIX. This version of Unix was designed to run on large mainframes as well as minicomputers and now typical network servers. The requirements for this platform are described in Table 34.3.
Table 34.3. Minimal Hardware Requirements for Solaris Unix
Installing the eDirectory for Supported Platforms
If you have met the hardware requirements described previously for the platform that will host the eDirectory, you can begin the installation. Because the steps involved are vastly different for each of the supported operating systems, see the NetWare documentation for specific instructions on how to install the eDirectory, provided that you have met the minimum hardware requirements listed in the preceding section.