Sun Java System Directory Server Enterprise Edition 6.3 Migration Guide

New Directory Server 6.3 Deployment

If you install a standalone Directory Server instance or are deploying a new replicated topology, set the compatibility mode to DS6-mode to immediately take advantage of the features available in the new password policy implementation. Since a new Directory Server 6.3 instance is created with the compatibility mode set to DS5-compatible-mode, you will need to remember to advance the instance to DS6-mode before installing it into a replicated topology whose instances are already set to DS6-mode.