Planning GroupWise in a Microsoft Cluster

The majority of this guide (Planning GroupWise in a Microsoft Cluster through Backing Up a GroupWise System in a Microsoft Cluster) is designed for those who are creating a new GroupWise® system, or at least new domains and post offices, in a Microsoft cluster. If you already have an existing GroupWise 6.x system and need to configure it to work in a newly installed cluster, see Moving an Existing GroupWise 6.5 System into a Microsoft Cluster.

When you implement a new GroupWise system or a new domain or post office in a Microsoft cluster, overall GroupWise system design does not need to change substantially. For a review, see "Installing a Basic GroupWise System" in the GroupWise 6.5 Installation Guide. However, the configuration of individual components of your GroupWise system will be significantly different. This section helps you plan the following GroupWise components in a Microsoft cluster:

During the planning process, component configuration alternatives will be explained. For example, you might want the domain and post office together in the same resource group or in separate resource groups. You might want to install the agents to the standard c:\grpwise directory on each node or to manually create a drive:\grpwise directory for each shared disk for domains and post offices so that the agents fail over with the domains and post offices they service.

The System Clustering Worksheet lists all the information you will need as you set up GroupWise in a Microsoft cluster. You should print the worksheet and fill it out as you complete the tasks listed below:

After you have completed the tasks and filled out the System Clustering Worksheet, you will be ready to continue with Setting Up a Domain and Post Office in a Microsoft Cluster.