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This installation guide describes the Red Hat Directory Server installation process and the migration process. This manual provides detailed step-by-step procedures for all supported operating systems, along with explanations of the different setup options (express, typical, custom, and silent), additional options for Directory Server instance creation, migrating previous versions of Directory Server, and troubleshooting.


Directory Server provides a migration tool for upgrading or migrating from earlier Directory Server versions. If you already have a Directory Server deployment that is supported for migration, you must use the documented migration procedure to migrate your data and configuration to the latest version. Chapter 5, Migrating from Previous Versions has more information.
To become more familiar with directory service concepts, consult the Red Hat Directory Server Deployment Guide; that manual is designed to help you plan the most effective directory service for your organization's requirements. For instructions on using Directory Server itself, see the Red Hat Directory Server Administration Guide.
The Directory Server setup process requires information specific to the Directory Server instance being configured, information about the host names, port numbers, passwords, and IP addresses that will be used. The setup program attempts to determine reasonable default values for these settings based on your system environment. Read through this manual before beginning to configure the Directory Server to plan ahead what values to use.


If you are installing Directory Server for evaluation, use the express or typical setup mode. These processes are very fast, and can help get your directory service up and running quickly.


Red Hat Directory Server introduces filesystem paths for configuration files, scripts, commands, and database files used with Directory Server which comply with Filesystem Hierarchy Standard (FHS). This file layout is very different than previous releases of Directory Server, which installed all of the files and directories in /opt/redhat-ds or /opt/netscape. If you encounter errors during the installation process, look at Chapter 6, Troubleshooting. For more information on how the file layout has changed, see section Directory Server File Locations in the Red Hat Directory Server 10 Administration Guide.
The latest Directory Server release is available for your platform and operating system through the Red Hat Customer Portal.