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GroupWise: Supporting Archiving over the Network; New Vibe Product Flyer!

Dean Lythgoe

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May 11, 2012 12:27 pm

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Archiving over the Network

The GroupWise engineering team has recently completed validation on a couple new GroupWise archiving options.

We are updating our support statements, documentation and best practices with regards to Archiving over the Network. The following statement will be included in the upcoming readmes.

The recommended location for a Windows client user’s archive is on his or her local workstation. Creating an archive on a network drive is supported in the following two configurations:

  1. The Novell Map Network Drive feature of the Novell Client is used to map a network drive from the user’s workstation to a Novell Open Enterprise (OES) Linux server or a NetWare server where the archive is located.

    The OES Linux server must use NSS volumes, and you must use NCP access with cross-protocol locks enabled in order to ensure safe client access to the archive. The setup for Windows client access to an OES Linux server is the same as for Windows ConsoleOne access to an OES server. For setup instructions, see “Configuring the OES Linux Server for NCP Access from Windows” in “ConsoleOne Administration Tool” in the GroupWise 2012 Administration Guide.

  2. The Windows Map Network Drive feature is used to map a network drive from the user’s workstation to an OES Linux server using Novell CIFS access.

Note: Other configurations, including Samba on a SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) server, are not currently supported.

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Dean

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  1. By:dweber

    What about the customers who run GroupWise in a pure Microsoft environment? Is really only the local storage recommended?

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    • By:dlythgoe

      Thanks for the call out. I thought this was documented as well, but it appears that we stayed completely away from the topic. Now that we are updating our support for Linux servers, we should definitely include Windows servers.

      As you now probably know, the issue is all about making sure the connection between client and server is solid and appropriately locks/unlocks the database files as they are updated/accessed.

      1.The Novell Map Network Drive feature of the Novell Client is used to map a network drive from the user’s workstation to a Windows Server where the archive is located.

      2.The Windows Map Network Drive feature is used to map a network drive from the user’s workstation to a Windows Server where the archive is located.

      I will make sure we also include similar statements in the documentation and readme.

      Dean

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      • By:svtss

        Our GroupWise runs on SLES but our Archives are on a Windows server accessed from Windows desktops in a AD environment. There’s no Novell client installed on regular user’s PCs. How is this kind of setup supported?

        Thanks.

        Shaun

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      • By:dlythgoe

        Shaun,

        Great questions/clarification. The issue really is not what platform your agents are running on, but what platform your archives are stored on. In your situation, the same information above that connects desktops to a Windows server is the recommended solution.

        So – I will repeat the comment/information from above just so it is easier to find. :)

        As you now probably know, the issue is all about making sure the connection between client and server is solid and appropriately locks/unlocks the database files as they are updated/accessed.

        1.The Novell Map Network Drive feature of the Novell Client is used to map a network drive from the user’s workstation to a Windows Server where the archive is located.

        2.The Windows Map Network Drive feature is used to map a network drive from the user’s workstation to a Windows Server where the archive is located.

        Dean

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  2. By:hkwidzinski

    Thanks Dean, good work

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