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The Native Version of GroupWise 6.5 for Linux: Hooking You Up with Professional Tools

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By Tay Kratzer

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Posted: 5 Aug 2004

Tech Talk #2 - Tool Time, by Tay Kratzer
The Native Version of GroupWise 6.5 for Linux: Hooking You Up with Professional Tools
Novell Connection Magazine - Jul/Aug 2004

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In a prior article titled GroupWise 6.5 for Linux, in the past March/April issue of the magazine (, we explained how to integrate GroupWise 6.5 for Linux into an existing NetWare/Windows environment. This article continues the theme of GroupWise 6.5 for Linux, but in a pure Linux environment. It serves as a quick guide for getting a basic GroupWise 6.5 for Linux system up and running in a completely Linux-based environment. Many who read this article may be new to Linux, GroupWise and other Novell technologies such as eDirectory. So, I won't assume much in this article; the only assumptions I've made are:

  1. that you have the CDs that come with GroupWise 6.5 for Linux,
  2. that you have already installed Novell eDirectory and ConsoleOne on the Linux server, and
  3. you work in your organization's IT/IS group.

If you haven't complied with my assumption #2 above, or you are new to Linux, you should check out the sample chapters of Success with GroupWise 6.5 for Linux found at They'll give you a good background so I don't lose you through the rest of this article.

Intro to the Premier Groupware Suite

GroupWise is a Novell electronic messaging solution, often referred to as a groupware suite. GroupWise is a powerful e-mail and calendaring package and a whole lot more! Users can access their GroupWise mailboxes via a variety of clients. GroupWise clients run on Linux, Windows and Macintosh. It also has a Web-based solution called GroupWise WebAccess which supports browsers of all types, right down to browsers on wireless devices.

For more information about Novell GroupWise for Linux

When you first implement GroupWise, you must establish a GroupWise system with a mandatory administrative hub called the primary domain. (For more information on GroupWise terms, see The GroupWise Glossary.) Once you create the primary domain, you can create other administrative and messaging hubs, called secondary domains. You can also create post offices. Always create post offices below either an existing primary or secondary domain. You must associate users with a post office when you add them to the GroupWise system. A user's actual mailbox data is stored in the post office.

Typical GroupWise systems have a primary domain, some secondary domains and post offices, an Internet SMTP gateway (called the GWIA) and a GroupWise WebAccess solution. Post offices typically have users, resources and distribution lists associated with them.

All GroupWise software components are considered clients, agents or gateways. A client accesses a mailbox at a post office.

A Post Office Agent (POA) runs at the post office and moves messages in and out of the post office. Every post office has its own POA running against the post office. Each POA can be administered in ConsoleOne and is represented as an object.

A Message Transfer Agent (MTA) runs at the domain level. The MTA moves messages to post offices, or to other agents or gateways. The MTA is also responsible for propagating administrative changes to the GroupWise Directory Store. The MTA is represented as an object that can be administered in ConsoleOne.

GroupWise is a powerful e-mail and calendaring package and a whole lot more

The GroupWise Directory Store (GDS) is housed in two kinds of databases, namely domain databases (WPDOMAIN.DB) and post office databases (WPHOST.DB). Domain databases are modified directly by ConsoleOne with the GroupWise snapins or through administrative changes committed to the domain database by the MTA. Post office databases are modified, but only through administrative messages that flow to the POA that come down from the post office's owning domain and its MTA. The GroupWise Directory Store is a fast storage database, but it has very little authentication and rights capabilities. Because of this, the WPDOMAIN.DB portion of the GDS is closely coupled with eDirectory (formerly called NDS). The GroupWise snapins to ConsoleOne don't allow the GDS to be modified unless it is associated (grafted) into an eDirectory tree.

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