Installing MSDSS on and Active Directory Domain Controller

Updated: September 15, 2010

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

MSDSS is easy to install on the Windows Server 2003 R2 Active Directory domain controller. There are a few items to consider before installation:

  • To install MSDSS, you must be a member of both the Enterprise Administrators and the Schema Administrators Active Directory groups.

  • Quit all programs, including any antivirus software, before you install MSDSS.

  • Active Directory OUs and NDS containers cannot be created by using the MSDSS Setup wizard. Before beginning the installation, use the Windows Server 2003 R2 Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in to create the necessary OUs that are required for the MSDSS installation process, and use NetWare administrative tools to create the NDS containers, if not already in place.

  • If two-way synchronization between the Active Directory and NDS is desired, the NDS schema must also be extended. The account used to connect to NDS must have the right to extend the NDS schema.

    • See the “Schema Extensions for Migration” section of this document for more information about extending the schema for Windows Server 2003 R2 Active Directory or NetWare NDS.

    • MSDSS requires the Novell client and cannot interoperate with solutions that use Gateway Service for NetWare (GSNW).

  • It is recommended that you install MSDSS on the Windows Server 2003 R2 domain controller you set up for the migration from NetWare to Windows Server 2008 R2. If you install MSDSS on a computer that is not a domain controller, only the MSDSS console is installed, not the Directory Synchronization service.

  • When you install MSDSS on a Windows Server 2003 R2 domain controller, Setup detects the domain controller and attempts to update the schema even if you are attempting to install only the MSDSS console.

  • NDS and Bindery do not allow user passwords to be read. Therefore, you need to choose a password assignment scheme to specify how passwords are assigned in Active Directory after they have been migrated from NDS or Bindery.

  • The wizard displays all NDS trees on the network even if no common protocol is available between that tree and Windows Server 2003 R2 domain controller.

Installing MSDSS on Windows Server 2003 R2

To install MSDSS on the Windows Server 2003 R2 domain controller:

  1. Double-click the SFN5.03 SP2.MSI file to start the installation.

    MSDSS Setup automatically updates the Active Directory schema. On the screens that appear, click OK to allow the update.

  2. The MSDSS Setup Wizard will update the Active Directory schema. Click OK to continue.

  3. When the Active Directory schema is updated, a window appears to notify you. Click Finish to continue.


When SFN updates the schema, the changes appear to take place on the schema master. Once that occurs, the changes need to replicate back to the other domain controllers. If the user is installing SFN on a non-schema master, the schema changes need to replicate back to that server before the installation can continue. Replication needs to complete before installation can continue.

  1. The Services for NetWare Setup Wizard starts, displaying a welcome page. Click Next to continue.


Occasionally the wizard does not automatically start again after the Active Directory update step. You may need to double-click the installer file again.

  1. Review the End User License Agreement on the next page.

  2. To continue the installation, click I accept the terms in the License Agreement, and then click Next.

  3. On the Identification page, in the User Name box, type your name. In the Organization box, type the name of your organization. Click Next to continue the installation.

  4. On the Setup Type page, select Custom, and then click Next to continue the installation.

  5. The Custom Setup page appears. Select the features you wish to install, or accept the default selections, and then click Next.

  6. On the Begin Installation page, click Next to continue the installation.

  7. The installation begins. This may take several minutes, depending on the program features you selected.

  8. When the installation completes, a notification page appears.

    From this page, you can click Open Readme to view the latest information regarding the product. After reviewing the Readme file, click Finish.

This completes the installation of MSDSS on your Windows Server 2003 Active Directory domain controller–based computer.