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GroupWise WebAccess And SSL

(Last modified: 24May2005)

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Novell GroupWise WebAccess 5.5

Novell GroupWise WebAccess 5.5 EP

Novell GroupWise WebAccess 6.0

Novell GroupWise WebAccess 6.5


Make WebAccess secure from our external browser to the firewall?

Setup WebAccess to use SSL

Redirect from port 80 to 443 with Apache and GroupWise WebAccess


SSL is entirely dependant on the webserver.  GroupWise WebAccess itself is just a collection of web pages that the webserver sends to the browser, so if SSL is required the webserver itself needs to be set up to use SSL.  The procedure to do this depends on the webserver in use.

If this were the Novell Netscape Enterprise Webserver, enabling SSL with WebAccess would do this. Click here for more information on configure Netscape Enterprise Server for SSL.

If you are using Apache then you can use an additional module called mod_rewrite.  You need to make the following changes in the GWAPACHE.CONF (GW 6.0) or HTTPD.CONF (GW 6.5)  file (stored in SYS:\APACHE\CONF for NetWare 6.0 and in SYS:\APACHE2\CONF for Netware 6.5)

Uncomment the following line:

LoadModule rewrite_module modules/rewrite.nlm

Now add the following lines to the end of the file as they appear below (no modification needed).  This will cause all requests on port 80 to /servlet/webacc to be redirected to https://servername/url. 

<VirtualHost _default_:80>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} ^\/servlet\/webacc
RewriteRule ^/(.*) https://%{SERVER_NAME}/$1 [L,R]

Restart apache after the file has been saved.  (NW 6.5 - ap2webdn/ ap2webup,    NW 6.0 nvxadmdn/ nvxadmup)

One customer resolved the problem by replacing SERVER_NAME with the name of the server.


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  • Document ID:
  • 10016636
  • Solution ID: 1.0.12103149.2321707
  • Creation Date: 15Sep1999
  • Modified Date: 24May2005
    • NovellGroupware



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