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slapd.service not enabled/failed after upgrade from SLES 11 SP4 to SLES 15

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server SLES 15 SP2
​​​​​SUSE Linux Enterprise Server SLES 15 SP1
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server SLES 15
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server SLES 11 SP4


After upgrading from SLES 11 SP4 to SLES 15 the openldap server (slapd) is not running.
When checking for the slapd.service it is not enabled at all. 

Other related services that do use the local LDAP server are also not starting or not working properly, like postfix, dhcpd, bind ,samba etc.


Please follow the next steps very carefully.
1. Create the file /etc/openldap/slapd.conf.fixmodule  with the following content :
modulepath /usr/lib64/openldap
2. import the settings to slapd.d config structure
cd /etc/openldap
slaptest -f slapd.conf.fixmodule -F slapd.d
3. check if  the directory /var/run/slapd  exists and change the access rights and remove the old pid/args files as needed :
chgrp ldap /var/run/slapd
chmod g+w /var/run/slapd
rm /var/run/slapd/.*
4.  enable and start slapd
systemctl enable slapd.service
systemctl start slapd.service
5. create a file /etc/openldap/fix-statefiles.ldif to modify the location of pid and args files
dn: cn=config
changetype: modify
replace: olcArgsFile
olcArgsFile: /run/slapd/slapd.args
replace: olcPidFile
olcPidFile: /run/slapd/
6. apply the changes
ldapmodify -Y external -H ldapi:// -f fix-statefiles.ldif
7. restart slapd
systemctl restart slapd.service
8. verify slapd is running 
systemctl status slapd.service


The newer slapd is build with the database backends as loadable modules, however the slapd from SLES11 SP4 had the databases built in.

As such a change to the configuration is needed to load the database modules after the migration. In addition,  the location for the PID and ARGS file has changed on newer SLES version from /var  to /run  while the old location is still configured and needs to be changed to the new location.


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  • Document ID:000019711
  • Creation Date: 15-Sep-2020
  • Modified Date:25-Sep-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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