Mike from Leiden, The Netherlands.
"Truly wonderful, the mind of a child is." Yoda. Boy ain't that the truth. I found this out first hand in 2008 with the birth of my first child. Which would explain why I was so absent from article writing in 2008. I started out with great intentions but became overwhelmed with all things 'baby'.
Well I am back and am hoping to put together a 5 part series on upgrading to GroupWise 8. In this part 1, I will discuss the set up of ConsoleOne, Schema Extension while part 2 will be upgrading the Primary domain. I should mention that these articles will be for those with GroupWise on NetWare. My reason is because the majority of the current GroupWise install base is still running on NetWare. Ok let's get started.
It's important that before an upgrade you have a firm plan in place and a process written that you can follow. I know it's extra work, however it's better to take the time so you can work through problems on paper before they become production. Here is my process outline for upgrading. Note those items in Bold are what is covered in this article.
This upgrade process is a Best Practice for upgrading GroupWise in general.
GroupWise 8 comes with ConsoleOne 1.3.6H in the software. I highly recommend you simply install it from the GroupWise 8 software pack. ConsoleOne can be installed from the GroupWise 8 software in two ways. First you can run the SETUP.EXE from the root of the GroupWise 8 software. Or, you can browse through the GroupWise 8 software to the 'ConsoleOne' directory and select the 'Install.exe'.
Figure 1: GroupWise 8 Software
Running the ConsoleOne/Install.exe is the quickest way to get your new ConsoleOne. However, you have to manually add the GroupWise 8 Snapins. Manually adding the GroupWise 8 Snapins means copying file by file from each GroupWise 8/Admin/C1Admin directory. If you forget any files, ConsoleOne will likely error out.
If you chose to run the install from the GroupWise/Setup.exe Installation program you will have several screens to move through. The screens are in this order:
You will now have ConsoleOne 1.3.6H installed and the GroupWise 8 Snapins will be added to that implementation of ConsoleOne. Here is the above installation process in picture format, of course I left out some of the simple screens, like License.
Figure 2: ConsoleOne Install with Snapins: Install Individual Components
Figure 3: ConsoleOne Install with Snapins: Install Administration Files
Figure 4: ConsoleOne Install with Snapins: Install ConsoleOne
Figure 5: ConsoleOne Warning: Change Novell Client Property Settings
Now that we have a working ConsoleOne with GroupWise 8 snapins we can proceed to update the eDirectory Tree in order to support GroupWise 8. Unlike GroupWise 7, GroupWise 8 actually does have new additions to eDirectory. It's very important you update your eDirectory schema to take advantage of the new additions and to manage GroupWise. A quick note on schema extensions. A Schema extension is an addition to the eDirectory database system. I highly recommend you make sure your eDirectory environment is in good shape, properly synchronized and free of errors. Look to support.novell.com for tips/tricks on doing eDirectory maintenance.
Here is the process to update the schema:
Figure 6: Updating eDirectory Schema: Check eDirectory Schema
Figure 7: Updating eDirectory Schema: Schema Changes
Figure 8: Updating eDirectory Schema: Checking Again to Verify the Change
A Software Distribution Directory (SDD) is used by the GroupWise system when additional installations of post offices, domains and gateways are done. It's also used to push the GroupWise client out to end users. Do you need an SDD? Yes. Do you need to run the Install program to set up an SDD? No. I like to manually create an SDD using ConsoleOne| Tools| GroupWise System Operations| Software Distribution Directory . It's here that I create a link to the GroupWise 8 software that is stored on a network drive. Unfortunately, the Installation program will force you to install an SDD when you upgrade any agent using the "Upgrade Existing System" option.
Now if you want to do the SDD install using the Installation program, then follow the same steps for Installing ConsoleOne, but when you get to the screen that asks: "Install Administration Files" and/or "Copy Files to Software Distribution Directory", just De-Select "Install Administration Files" and leave "Copy Files to Software Distribution Directory" checked. The installation program will walk you through the process and ask where you would like your SDD created, as well as what options you want installed. This MUST be a network drive. Also, you will want to install to a NEW directory, not an existing SDD directory.
At this point we have a working, snapped in ConsoleOne along with an extended schema and a working SDD. In addition, we laid out an upgrade process to follow. Your organization can use the process and wrap time lines and schedules around it to build a project plan for upgrading. Hopefully it has helped you understand and plan for the upgrade to GroupWise 8. In the next article, I will show you how to upgrade a Primary and Secondary domains to GroupWise 8. In the meantime, "Mind what you have learned. Save you it can!"
Got comments or article ideas? Need help GroupWise? Drop me a line at: Gregg@HinchmanConsulting.com. "The Force is strong in this one."