Recently I had the pleasure of installing GroupWise 2014 on Windows 2012 server. Generally, 75% of my installs/upgrades are to Linux and I get very little time to play with new Windows operating systems. And Windows 2012 is definitely a different look and feel.
In the process of installing the GroupWise 2014 WebAccess portion, I hit a snag. WebAccess 2014 did not work. Not being as well versed in IIS as I am with Apache2, I struggled to figure out what we missed. I figured we had missed some part of IIS for sure, but what part. After a time, and some research I found it was the ISAPI Extensions and Filters. Now, if you are a Windows jockey, you likely know this, but I had long forgotten they were needed for GroupWise WebAccess. So, to help those that may not be as Windows savvy as others, I bring you this quick tip.
The first step is to install IIS on the Windows 2012(r2) server. The second step in installing GroupWise 2014 WebAccess on Windows 2012 (r2) IIS is to install the ISAPI Extensions and Filters.
On the IIS server where you will install GroupWise 2014 WebAccess:
Go to Server Manager
Select Local Server (on the left side)
Select Manage (upper right side)
Select Add Roles and Features
In the pop up window:
Select Server Roles
Select WebServer (IIS)
Use the slider bar
Check and Expand the Application Development option
Check the ISAPI Extensions and ISAPI Filters
The third step is to install the GroupWise 2014 WebAccess code. This includes an installation of Tomcat6 as well. Here is a list of prerequisites for Windows 2008/2012/2012r2.
Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS) 7 or later
Tomcat 6 (automatically installed with GroupWise 2014 WebAccess)
IBM Java 6 Runtime Environment (JRE) (automatically installed with GroupWise 2014 WebAccess)
Jakarta Connector 1.2 (automatically installed with GroupWise 2014 WebAccess)
ISAPI support (see above)
At this point, just run through the GroupWise 2014 WebAccess installation. When finished, make sure you have stop/start IIS (WorldWideWeb service), Tomcat 6. And a note, during the install of the GroupWise 2014 WebAccess, I prefer to have stopped IIS services first. While I know you may not have to do that, I have in the past found it works. The information provided here is presented in Novell Documentation but not to the detail presented here. Hopefully, this quick tip will save you some time.