O365 Hybrid - but GroupWise for email possible?

Client has Exchange but just in the process of acquiring a company still on GW and like to stay on GW.

Client would prefer to use GroupWise but want to use O365 for Teams, Skype, Sharepoint etc.

Has Novell got any tools for directory SYNC with Azure??

https://stage.practical365.com/exchange-server/preparing-for-hybrid-deployment-with-exchange-office-365/

SharePoint doesn't need email in O365 but I think Teams & Skype needs Directory synced with O365

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  • Has Novell got any tools for directory SYNC with Azure??

    Maybe with IDM, but is sync what you really want?  GroupWise can simple consume Microsoft Active Directory as a directory source via LDAP, with the real question being is Azure's AD close enough to the in house AD. 

    As for the rest of the integrations, doable depending on how it is all setup and what you are doing with the internet domain integration and all the other moving parts in this setup.

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  • Hi,

    If it helps with the discussion - o365/Azure syncs to AD, since Groupwise can use AD (via LDPA) in this Hybrid setup, there should be no issue with user accounts etc.  However, the real issue will be product integration, and I am also looking for an answer to this (since in the future I may be in a position to replace our exchange server for Groupwise).

    The integration issue is based around the Add-Ins for Teams, and the calendar sync.  Normally, in a Microsoft focused world, the Teams App installs an Outlook  Add-in to allow Outlook to create and join Teams meetings (video calls etc).  Appointments made in Teams/Outlook show in the calendar in Outlook (connected to exchange), and in the Teams calendar (online or in App).  Additionally, an on-prem exchange 2016 server can connect to o365 for hybrid email transport, allowing a single domain for on-prem and o365 mailboxes.  Through this mechanism appointments/calendar entries can also be sent/receieved from either exchange based mailbox type and from systems like Teams (which has it's own calendar).  This means there is some sort of transport for messages for Teams between exchange on-prem and online, although Teams does not have an email client as such (although email can be sent to Teams, which arrive as posts), just a calendar.

    What would help is if there was the following:

    1 - An add-in for GroupWise that could do the same job as the Outlook add-in for Teams, i.e. make Teams meeting appointment which appears in owners/meeting makers calendar complete with link to meeting, and appears in their Teams calendar (available online via Teams).

    2 - Some kind of connector/Agent for GroupWise, that could talk to and 'translate' o365/exchange messages for the purposes of collecting/sending 'meeting appointments' between Microsoft Teams & Groupwise.

    Additionally, there are integrations with MicroFocus products for other components of o365.  The Microsoft Office suite can out the box connect to o365 (onedrive/sharepoint) to edit documents, similarly add-ins for Filr and Vibe exist allowing connectivity from Office to edit/share files via those products.  So conceivably, there could be a need for more integration with o365 to allow Filr for example access to OneDrive stores, or Vibe to sharepoint databases, for file access etc.  MicroFocus should/could then extend integration at the client level for more mechanisms to support o365 file access in GroupWise (attachments from Sharepoint/onedrive file stores for example), as well as perhaps the Teams meetings/calendar integration.

    Having said that Gmail has some sort of mechanism available to sync calendars with Teams (https://zapier.com/apps/google-calendar/integrations/microsoft-teams), and there is a Teams App for Linux desktops (https://www.howtoforge.com/how-to-install-microsoft-teams-linux-on-ubuntu-and-centos/), so MicroFocus could develop something to help if inclined.

     

    Hope this helps.

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  • Hi,

    If it helps with the discussion - o365/Azure syncs to AD, since Groupwise can use AD (via LDPA) in this Hybrid setup, there should be no issue with user accounts etc.  However, the real issue will be product integration, and I am also looking for an answer to this (since in the future I may be in a position to replace our exchange server for Groupwise).

    The integration issue is based around the Add-Ins for Teams, and the calendar sync.  Normally, in a Microsoft focused world, the Teams App installs an Outlook  Add-in to allow Outlook to create and join Teams meetings (video calls etc).  Appointments made in Teams/Outlook show in the calendar in Outlook (connected to exchange), and in the Teams calendar (online or in App).  Additionally, an on-prem exchange 2016 server can connect to o365 for hybrid email transport, allowing a single domain for on-prem and o365 mailboxes.  Through this mechanism appointments/calendar entries can also be sent/receieved from either exchange based mailbox type and from systems like Teams (which has it's own calendar).  This means there is some sort of transport for messages for Teams between exchange on-prem and online, although Teams does not have an email client as such (although email can be sent to Teams, which arrive as posts), just a calendar.

    What would help is if there was the following:

    1 - An add-in for GroupWise that could do the same job as the Outlook add-in for Teams, i.e. make Teams meeting appointment which appears in owners/meeting makers calendar complete with link to meeting, and appears in their Teams calendar (available online via Teams).

    2 - Some kind of connector/Agent for GroupWise, that could talk to and 'translate' o365/exchange messages for the purposes of collecting/sending 'meeting appointments' between Microsoft Teams & Groupwise.

    Additionally, there are integrations with MicroFocus products for other components of o365.  The Microsoft Office suite can out the box connect to o365 (onedrive/sharepoint) to edit documents, similarly add-ins for Filr and Vibe exist allowing connectivity from Office to edit/share files via those products.  So conceivably, there could be a need for more integration with o365 to allow Filr for example access to OneDrive stores, or Vibe to sharepoint databases, for file access etc.  MicroFocus should/could then extend integration at the client level for more mechanisms to support o365 file access in GroupWise (attachments from Sharepoint/onedrive file stores for example), as well as perhaps the Teams meetings/calendar integration.

    Having said that Gmail has some sort of mechanism available to sync calendars with Teams (https://zapier.com/apps/google-calendar/integrations/microsoft-teams), and there is a Teams App for Linux desktops (https://www.howtoforge.com/how-to-install-microsoft-teams-linux-on-ubuntu-and-centos/), so MicroFocus could develop something to help if inclined.

     

    Hope this helps.

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