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Implementing GroupWise 6.5 for Linux in an Existing NetWare/Windows Environment

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By Tay Kratzer

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Posted: 25 Mar 2004
 

Implementing GroupWise 6.5 for Linux in an Existing NetWare/Windows Environment
Novell Connection Magazine - March/April 2004

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GroupWise 6.5 for Linux is a self-contained groupware product that can run in a pure Linux environment. GroupWise 6.5 for Linux includes the following software:

  • Administration: ConsoleOne for Windows

  • Server Agents: All GroupWise 6.5.1 Agents such as the POA, MTA, GWIA, and WebAccess Agents

  • Client: Any GroupWise Client

GroupWise 6.5 for Linux is yet another enterprise-class solution from Novell for the Linux platform. Novell GroupWise third-party vendors are joining Novell to further strengthen GroupWise on the Linux platform. However, the reality is that most GroupWise systems are running in a NetWare server/Windows workstation environment. As such, most GroupWise administrators will want to integrate GroupWise 6.5 for Linux into their already existing NetWare server/Windows workstation environment.

As is customary with Novell solutions, GroupWise 6.5 for Linux does not require you to "rip and replace" your existing infrastructure. In fact, for customers already on the GroupWise 6.5 platform, it's not even an upgrade. You can just tuck GroupWise 6.5 for Linux into your already existing system. GroupWise 6.5 for Linux is completely compatible with other non-Linux GroupWise agents and clients that already exist in a GroupWise 6.5 system. For example, a GroupWise 6.5 MTA on a NetWare server can seamlessly communicate with a GroupWise 6.5 POA on a Linux server. The GroupWise Windows client can seamlessly access a GroupWise post office that's running on a Linux server. So can any one of the many GroupWise client solutions that are currently available, such as the GroupWise Cross-Platform client, Microsoft Outlook, IMAP clients, GroupWise WebAccess, and Wireless clients such as Pocket PC, Palm OS, WML and HDML devices.

This article explains how to create a GroupWise post office on a Linux server within an existing GroupWise system running in a NetWare server/Windows workstation environment. The only thing that can be difficult about integrating GroupWise 6.5 for Linux is the Linux learning curve. So read on to learn a little bit more about Linux before you take the plunge.

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