GroupWise client on the server itself (possible?)

Hi,
Simple question I hope. Can I get a client, any client that will work, on
the groupwise SLES server itself? I was recently testing our DR, and using
veeam we can spin up a server instance relatively quickly. Running up a
client against that system is for more tricky. I was thinking I could
install a Linux client on the SLES server, which I can login locally against
the server, to test the server.
Can anybody suggest a solution to this at all? Many thanks, Alan

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  • Alan,

    the last Groupwise client on Linux was version 8, IIRC. AFAIK it should still work, even with GW2014, but I don't know if it installs flawlessly on SLES.
    My question is rather, why do you want to do that? In other words, what does "tricky" mean? :-)

    Uwe


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  • Alan,

    the last Groupwise client on Linux was version 8, IIRC. AFAIK it should still work, even with GW2014, but I don't know if it installs flawlessly on SLES.
    My question is rather, why do you want to do that? In other words, what does "tricky" mean? :-)

    Uwe


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  • Thanks Uwe.
    So by 'tricky' I mean that, we can easily restore the server in a 'sandbox'
    environment, as a standalone VM with no networking etc. If I had the client
    on the server, from the GUI, I assume I'd be able to load the client and
    ensure I could see the mailboxes? I could also easily check that deleted
    content (if the restore reason was deleted email) exists before going any
    further.
    I'm open to other ideas, but if I want to actually access a mailbox from a
    specific backup point, what's easier than the above?

    Thanks, Alan

  • Hi Alan,

    Alan Thompson;2415932 wrote:
    ..I'm open to other ideas, but if I want to actually access a mailbox from a
    specific backup point, what's easier than the above?


    As Uwe already mentions, getting the GroupWise Linux client installed on recent SLES versions can be a challenge. That will only get harder as you run newer versions of SLES.

    If you only want to do a quick access test, there's the option of having a WebAccess instance on that server (which since GW2012 is just a tomcat applet)?

    As for getting a Windows client to talk to the server in a restore test:
    You can quickly work around this by running both VM's on one ESXi system that has a "dummy" network/port group that you assign to both the restored server as also the workstation. Assuming they are configured to run in the same subnet, they can communicate with each other without being connected to the production LAN(s).


    Cheers,
    Willem
  • Thanks guys, I would have much preferred the client on the server, as it
    would be by far the easiest option. Considered webaccess on the server, but
    it won't let you install it on the server "offline" for some reason. Which
    means connecting the VM, which means a dummy workstation would be just as
    easy. A little more work than I wanted, but I resigned myself to that anyway
    to be honest. Thanks again