To prepare your Novell GroupWise system to be updated to version 8, complete the following tasks:
Update the eDirectory schema for all trees that contain GroupWise objects, as described in Section 15.1, Understanding eDirectory Schema Extensions.
Validate your domain and post office databases to make sure that there are no physical inconsistencies with the database. If problems exist, you should recover or rebuild the database. For information about validating, recovering, or rebuilding a database, see the documentation for your GroupWise version at the Novell Documentation Web site.
Back up the domain or post office immediately before updating it. For information about backing up your GroupWise databases, see the documentation for your GroupWise version at the Novell Documentation Web site.
Collect the information about your GroupWise system that the GroupWise Installation program prompts you for as your update the GroupWise software. If you are not completely familiar with all aspects of your GroupWise system, you might find it helpful to record the information on the summary sheets provided for an initial installation:
Basic GroupWise System Summary Sheet (includes administration, domain, post office, and agent information)
Ensure that all GroupWise client user workstations are running a supported version of the operating system. For current system requirements, see Section 2.2, GroupWise Client Requirements.