eDirectory will not install on Windows due to license driver error.

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  • 05-Mar-2007
  • 27-Apr-2012


Novell eDirectory 8.8 for Windows 2003
Novell eDirectory 8.8 for Windows 2000
Novell Client for Windows 2000/XP/2003 4.91


Error: The installed license driver is not Server-Mode, which is required for this eDirectory installation. Please update your licensing software, then re-run this installation.

When trying to install eDirectory on a Windows box that currently has, or previously had, the Novell client the NICI installation which is part of the client is set in Client mode. NICI needs to be in Server mode for eDirectory and is not automatically changed by the eDirectory installation.


An installation of eDirectory with no client will not have this issue because NICI is not installed at all and will be installed initially in Server mode. To change from Client to Server mode run the set_server_mode.bat file that comes with NICI. This will be in the NICI directory which is, by default, in %SYSTEMROOT%\system32\novell\nici .

This script does not affect the client's operation but allows eDirectory to be installed as well. This is comparable to the similarly-named script on other platforms.