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Runing GW 7 on Windows server

Runing GW 7 on Windows server

Runing GW 7 on Windows server

Does someone out there have any experince of running Groupwise 7 on a Windows 2003 server ?

What about Active Directory and/or eDirectory, what to use ?

I'm using two NW 6.5, one for file/print and for Groupwise and we have no plans for switching to Linux but we do have plans for continue to use Groupwise, hence my questions.

RE: Runing GW 7 on Windows server

What is your question exactly - yes it does run on Windows 2003.  But if you were smart, you'd look into moving it Linux as it runs better and more stable and that's where Novell is headed in terms of a platform.


Why introduce Windows servers (which you have to pay for and license) when you own Novell?

RE: Runing GW 7 on Windows server

Yes this is a common practice. GroupWise "REQUIRES" eDirectory for management. Without eDirectory, your GroupWise will not be very useful. (There is a technical note here... GroupWise does not require groupwise to run, but you can't manage it without).   You cannot manage GroupWise with Active Directory. Not in GW 7, and not in the GW 8 soon to be released (end of 2008). There is speculation about GW9, but it's too premature to go there just yet.

It goes against best practices to put eDirectory on an Active Directory domain controller. eDirectory can be installed on an Active Directory member server with no problem.  

As Goombawahoo mentioned, when you purchase GroupWise, you get the Suse Linux server license for free, no extra purchase required. If you put it on Windows, you will need to work out licensing for Windows Server or any other access component.  It only makes sense to put it on Linux since Linux overall is more stable and performance is better.

For reference, since it sounds like you are not clear on what Linux can do for you...  Open Enterprise Server (OES) is the next generation of NetWare. Yes it is Linux, but it provides the same services as what NetWare does. In fact, you can do a migration to OES and it can be done completely transparent to the end users. We do this all the time. So you don't have to reinvent the wheel like you will if you take things to Windows.  All your printing and file systems, including permissions, printer deployment, etc can stay pretty much the same overall.  

RE: Runing GW 7 on Windows server

In the above post, I meant to say "GroupWise does not require eDirectory to run..."  Sorry for the confusion.


Marvin Huffaker, MCNE

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