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GroupWise migrate from OES Cluster to Microsoft?

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I have been running GroupWise for many years from NetWare to OES Clusters.  

Real advantage for me is I could install security patches on the OS and know one would notice by flipping the services from one node to the other.

Now that I'm paying more for SLES maintenance than  Windows Server licenses and Cluster licenses at 18K a year.  I questioning if the 20K a year is worth it.

Does anyone in this discussion group run GroupWise on Windows in a VMware with no performance issues or other issues?

  

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The SLES server license provided by Microfocus to run GroupWise would include support for the OS.

This is why Microfocus and SUSE have an agreement in place to look after our joint customers and partners.
So, as long as the intention is to only use the SLES license to run GroupWise, Microfocus will always engage SUSE for OS issues.

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I think a SLES license for GroupWise server is still included if I take this information:

https://community.microfocus.com/t5/GroupWise-Tips-Information/GroupWise-Entitlements/ta-p/1779881

I have some customers using GroupWise on Windows. My feeling is that Windows is slower - the main reason is GroupWise offiles directory: really a lot of files in 255 directories if your system is not small. Many files in one directories can cause a serious performance issue for some operating systems and applications. In my opinion Linux can handle this in a very good way.

One of my customers has been touched by crypto-locker viruses. All windows systems have been suffered damage. Independent of usage by users, databases or other applications. But SLES stayed cool in this environment.

 

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Since SUSE being sold, If you have a GroupWise server that needs OS support, You will need a SLES maintenance agreement.  

If SLES had a filesystem as stable as NSS or Windows.  I would consider going SLES, but I have seen XFS get .Trashed two to many times.

I have copied files to NSS and to Windows, normally it is my NSS is slower.

Crypto is a good argument not to do Windows, very good.

 

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The SLES server license provided by Microfocus to run GroupWise would include support for the OS.

This is why Microfocus and SUSE have an agreement in place to look after our joint customers and partners.
So, as long as the intention is to only use the SLES license to run GroupWise, Microfocus will always engage SUSE for OS issues.

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I was waiting for this, Tarik 😉
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Diethmar,
We aim to please 🙂😉
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SUSE told me last year I had to purchase maintenance, $18.5K.  I'm about ready to sign-up for another year in January.

I wonder if it is because we are on a Microfocus ALA.  Which is based on a workstation subscription model, so we don't actually own the Microfocus products. The ALA requires another $5K worth additional support we purchase.    

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Why not involve your Microfocus renewal rep in this request?
Unless you have other SLES servers which do not run Microfocus solutions?
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I plan on it.  Our renewal for Microfocus products is due in January.

Yes we try to keep our Linux servers SLES.

Back to the technical side of the question.  I currently run NSS on my post offices because I trust the file system.  Is Ext4 or BtrFS trustworthy for my post office data?

I had a great TID/BestPractices document when I built out my domain, gateway, and webaccess servers on SLES 11.  Is there some like this for SLES 15?

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@kwhite1 I prefer ext4 or xfs. In both cases I had rare troubles with the file system; in both cases it was easy to repair. If I think of the last Microfocus appliances I have installed, it seems that MF is going to prefer XFS.

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@kwhite1 @Rimser 

We do recommend EXT4 however XFS will also work.  We totally recommend that you not use BTRFS for anything GroupWise related.

Pam

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Sounds good.
Please let us know what your renewal rep says. If you get mixed messages, please refer them back to me @
Tarik.Baki@microfocus.com
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