[ngw] GroupWise 7.03 on NetWare, Windows 2003/2008

Gregg A. Hinchman Gregg at HinchmanConsulting.com
Thu Apr 8 00:32:42 UTC 2010

In theory -without having tested it- this would work.  You would need to run/register the Win 'service' manually which is not hard -plenty on the net on doing this.  The one area that Paul is most concerned is 'is not supported' meaning any issues he might run into in the interim Novell support would not help because of the OS and GW versions.

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From: Jon Dustin<jdustin at usm.maine.edu>
To:ngw at ngwlist.com
Date: 4/7/2010 3:37 PM
Subject: Re: [ngw] GroupWise 7.03 on NetWare, Windows 2003/2008
>>> On 4/7/2010 at 10:09 AM, in message <4BBC996F.D50 : 157 : 56656>, "Paul Caron"
<CARONP at mmc.org> wrote:
> I am looking to get my GroupWise servers off of NetWare first (moving them to 
> VM's running Windows 2003), then upgrade to GroupWise 8.  Hit a snag, I 
> think. 
> We're just on the verge of rolling out 2008 VM's and find that GroupWise 
> 7.03 is not supported on Windows 2008.  Anyone got that scenario?  Is it 
> running ok for you?  
> I'd rather not combine relocating my POAs to a Windows 2008 VM and upgrade 
> it to GroupWise 8 at the same.  I like to take these steps one at a time.  My 
> POAs are also a bit bulky - 70-150 Gig, so time becomes a factor.  

Even though the GW7 -> GW8 upgrade is relatively painless, I suspect you would like to upgrade backend/frontend at the same time, which might be a few too many changes for one weekend.

By "GW7 not supported on WIN2008", does this mean the executables do not even RUN? Or just that the installer does not work? IF you were adventurous, you MIGHT be able to manually install the GW7 EXE files on WIN2008, and run for a few weeks during a transition period.

However, I have ZERO experience running this way, as we have decided to run our GW systems on Linux (OES2). It just "seems" plausible...

Good luck Paul!


Jon Dustin - Network Specialist
University of Southern Maine
Portland, ME  207-780-4152

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