Recommneded Upgrade from GW2014/SLES 11 to GW2018/SLES 12

I currently have a Groupwise 2014 R2 system on a SLES 11 SP4 virtual machine. I have Mobility on a separate SLES 11 SP4 virtual machine. I'm planning to upgrade to GW 2018 and SLES 12. What's the preferred way to do this?

1) Upgrade inside existing VM?

2) Build brand new SLES 12 VM and then copy over postoffice and domain data and build GW2018 from scratch?
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  • konecnya;2478762 wrote:
    In article <bkesting.8fbqsn@no-mx.forums.microfocus.com>, Bkesting
    wrote:
    > 1) Upgrade inside existing VM?
    >
    > 2) Build brand new SLES 12 VM and then copy over postoffice and domain
    > data and build GW2018 from scratch?


    What is your Hypervisor?
    The vmware vote appears to be for #2
    https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/2018695
    check out the OES Installation forum for more of the fun on this topic

    In the process of figuring out the same set of upgrades, I think I'll be
    working a few of the long weekends this year.


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    I am using Hyper-V as my hypervisor.
  • In this case i'd vote for option 2b) which is basically option 2) along with the fresh VM running on another hypervisor.
  • In article <bkesting.8ffenb@no-mx.forums.microfocus.com>, Bkesting
    wrote:
    > I am using Hyper-V as my hypervisor.


    While I can't find the same recommendation as vmware did, I believe the
    same logic still applies with any hypervisor as the guests are built
    with a set of assumptions that are different enough between major
    versions that it is just safer to do the migration.


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  • What's the best way to upgrade Mobility?
  • In article <bkesting.8fgy7b@no-mx.forums.microfocus.com>, Bkesting
    wrote:
    > What's the best way to upgrade Mobility?


    Thats easy, especially if you have a purchased cert. Build the new box
    with the newest versions. Set it all up so that it can do its sync of
    the users. Once that is all happy, move the cert over from your
    previous box and flip the DNS/NAT to the new box. Then the users
    devices will connect to the new box as if nothing has changed and away
    they go.

    If you don't have a purchased cert, this is a good time to play with
    LetsEncrypt to escape any of those issues that really want a public
    root CA tied cert. I've used this as part of migrations to SLES12 very
    successfully.


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  • So in conclusion as I'm about to do a test GW 2018 install..............I can just install the GW 2018 software on my test SLES 12 box, don't "configure it" just yet, copy over postoffice/domains from old system, and then upgrade those using the GW2018 installation tool?
  • bkesting wrote:

    >
    > So in conclusion as I'm about to do a test GW 2018
    > install..............I can just install the GW 2018 software on my
    > test SLES 12 box, don't "configure it" just yet, copy over
    > postoffice/domains from old system, and then upgrade those using the
    > GW2018 installation tool?


    More or less...

    You have the general idea but your domain and post office contain
    configuration information that refers to your existing (live?)
    GroupWise system. You want to make sure GroupWise 2018 doesn't try to
    use that information to interact with your GroupWise 2014 system.

    The best way to do that is to make sure your SLES 12 box can't talk to
    your SLES 11 box by either shutting down your SLES 11 box or by
    disconnecting your SLES 12 box from the network.

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  • KBOYLE;2479988 wrote:
    bkesting wrote:

    >
    > So in conclusion as I'm about to do a test GW 2018
    > install..............I can just install the GW 2018 software on my
    > test SLES 12 box, don't "configure it" just yet, copy over
    > postoffice/domains from old system, and then upgrade those using the
    > GW2018 installation tool?


    More or less...

    You have the general idea but your domain and post office contain
    configuration information that refers to your existing (live?)
    GroupWise system. You want to make sure GroupWise 2018 doesn't try to
    use that information to interact with your GroupWise 2014 system.

    The best way to do that is to make sure your SLES 12 box can't talk to
    your SLES 11 box by either shutting down your SLES 11 box or by
    disconnecting your SLES 12 box from the network.

    --
    Kevin Boyle - Knowledge Partner
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    Right.....I have my test box on an isolated network.

    Thanks!