GroupWise upgrade, version 6.0 to 2012

I posted this topic about a year and a half ago, but am revisiting it again for a customer site. Info:

1 server (Windows 2000)
I primary domain, 1 post office (version 6.0)
edirectory on box, no other boxes in mix, version 8.7

Want to migrate to 2012, and then 2014.

My thoughts are this:

dbcopy data over to new server
install 2012 software, C1, snapins/administration, agent software
Login to C1, check schema, update if needed, which it probably will(want be able to attach to domain at this step since not upgraded)
Upgrade agents
Login to C1, check versions,etc

Novell docs states best practice to upgrade to 2014, is to be on GW8 or 2012. It might work to take GW6 directly to 2014, but I would rather follow their docs for it. One of my questions is can you move the data over to new box, and then upgrade it just to make sure it upgrades correctly, like if I moved the data to a test box that had the 2012 software on it, but not authenticate to edirectory. Also, do my steps look correct order for accomplishing this task? Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.
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  • One other part to this, plan to install new edirectory servers in the tree before GroupWise work to be done to have them on updated version of edirectory, plus have it replicated to more than one box.
  • Hi,

    Just a comment - GroupWise 2014 is 64Bit only! I think a move to new OS/Hardware is in order.

    I strongly suggest Danita's guide on moving/upgrading to 2014: postie.caledonia.net/.../index.php
  • Yes, that is the plan and I do have her manuals. It just doesn't cover going back that far to GroupWise 6.0. I am looking for gotchas and such. Her manual talks about moving directly to 2014, but it is not supported by Novell. Novell's documentation states preferred going to 2014 to be at least at GroupWise 8 or 2012. So we where going to do this in two step process, moving the actual data to new server, 64bit, SuSE 11sp3, and then upgrading it to 2012. Once that is done, doing upgrade in place to 2014. Since this is so old, I was just looking for a way in test I could move the data to a separate box and actually do the upgrade offline just to make sure it upgrades ok. Once that is done, I will do the actual production data. If going to 2012, is it as simple moving GroupWise 6.0 to 2012,following the procedure in Danita's manual as it would be upgrading a GroupWise 8 system to 2012?
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  • Yes, that is the plan and I do have her manuals. It just doesn't cover going back that far to GroupWise 6.0. I am looking for gotchas and such. Her manual talks about moving directly to 2014, but it is not supported by Novell. Novell's documentation states preferred going to 2014 to be at least at GroupWise 8 or 2012. So we where going to do this in two step process, moving the actual data to new server, 64bit, SuSE 11sp3, and then upgrading it to 2012. Once that is done, doing upgrade in place to 2014. Since this is so old, I was just looking for a way in test I could move the data to a separate box and actually do the upgrade offline just to make sure it upgrades ok. Once that is done, I will do the actual production data. If going to 2012, is it as simple moving GroupWise 6.0 to 2012,following the procedure in Danita's manual as it would be upgrading a GroupWise 8 system to 2012?
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  • In article <jlewter.6te4dz@no-mx.forums.novell.com>, Jlewter wrote:
    > I do have her manuals. It just doesn't cover
    > going back that far to GroupWise 6.0. I am looking for gotchas and such.
    > Her manual talks about moving directly to 2014, but it is not supported
    > by Novell


    Danita has mentioned elsewhere that she figures we could do the migration
    even strait from GW 5.x but hasn't had the chance to test that far. I
    don't recall if it was 6.0 or 6.5 that is the furthest she has done
    successfully.

    Going strait to 2014 gives you a bit more fall back options in that you
    haven't had to touch eDir as deeply as you would with an intermediate hop.

    No matter the path you take, a top-down rebuild and making sure regular
    maintenance is scheduled on the POA(s) will go a long way to making this
    jump go well. Especially to make sure there aren't any stuck problems
    showing in the logs. http://www.konecnyad.ca/andyk/gwlogs.htm



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  • Andy Konecny wrote:

    > Danita has mentioned elsewhere that she figures we could do the
    > migration even strait from GW 5.x but hasn't had the chance to test
    > that far. I don't recall if it was 6.0 or 6.5 that is the furthest
    > she has done successfully.


    Just last night I saw someone ask about a customer wanting to go from
    5.5 to 2014! The recommendation I saw there was to take an
    intermediate step at 8 before moving on to 2014. But theoretically you
    could go straight to 2014 even from there.

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  • jlewter wrote:

    > Yes, that is the plan and I do have her manuals. It just doesn't cover going
    > back that far to GroupWise 6.0.


    well, technically it does. I think I mention that Novell only supports to GW 8,
    but that you can use it for any version of GW 5.0 and newer.

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  • "Joseph Marton" wrote:

    > Just last night I saw someone ask about a customer wanting to go from 5.5 to
    > 2014! The recommendation I saw there was to take an intermediate step at 8
    > before moving on to 2014. But theoretically you could go straight to 2014
    > even from there.


    Of course, if anyone is uncomfortable with doing this on their own, I'd be happy
    to help.

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