KVandegrift Absent Member.
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Groupwise 2012 platform choices

I'm planning our upgrade to Groupwise 2012 and want to move our POA and MTA to a new server. We are currently running on OES2 and want to move to either SLES11 or W2008R2. I'm looking for feedback on the performance and reliability of running GW on Windows servers. Are there any performance tuning best practices for W2008 for GW? Are there any definite pitfalls? I have not been able to find anything substantial in my searches other than a difference in disk performance (which may be more environment related). Our Post Office consists of about 300 users, a total of about 400 mailboxes, and disk usage of about 65GB.

I appreciate any info and experiences anyone can provide.

Thanks.
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mww Contributor.
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Re: Groupwise 2012 platform choices

We generally prefer OES11 (Which would be SLES11)

NSS is probably the fastest file system for groupwise. A few years ago Novell had an article on it.

And has the bonus of being able to mount the path via C1 from a workstation.

If you put on plain SLES11, then you have to worry about Samba/Cifs to manage via C1 from a workstation.

Can't say we have too many customers running it on Windows due to the fact you need to license
Windows CALS for the server running the PO. But if you already have the cals I'd suspect its about as stable as OES except for the windows update patch cycle.

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KVandegrift Absent Member.
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Re: Groupwise 2012 platform choices

Thanks for the info. We are covered with Windows licensing so that isn't an issue. My concern is whether there are any noticeable performance differences between a Linux file system and Windows.
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Re: Groupwise 2012 platform choices

On 4/21/2013 5:36 PM, KVandegrift wrote:
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> Thanks for the info. We are covered with Windows licensing so that
> isn't an issue. My concern is whether there are any noticeable
> performance differences between a Linux file system and Windows.
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>

At the size you are talking, a single PO of 300 users, frankly it isn't
going to matter unless you have extremely heavy unusual usage.

Straight mail and calendaring isn't. What else do you use it for? Vibe?
Heavy usage of shared folders?
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Michael Bell wrote:

> At the size you are talking, a single PO of 300 users, frankly it isn't going
> to matter unless you have extremely heavy unusual usage.


That said, yes, there are noticeable differences between performance on Windows
and SLES. I've had larger (2000 user) systems actually move from NetWare to
Windows, only to later move to SLES or OES and they were very happy with the
performance change. They had plenty of money/resources for Windows, and their
Windows servers were not "under-provisioned" by any means. But they were
slower.

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Danita
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dzanre1 Absent Member.
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KVandegrift wrote:

> We are currently running on OES2 and want to move to either SLES11


Just curious - why? Licensing?

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Danita
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KVandegrift Absent Member.
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Re: Groupwise 2012 platform choices

I would like to save face here and apologize for not responding to questions after I asked for your help. All of your comments helped and we ended up moving to a SLES11 VM with the PO running on ext3. We noticed improved performance over the OES2 server and NSS volume. We chose SLES11 over OES just for simplicity and remove unnecessary overhead of services. We are not currently using any OES services.

dzanre;2259784 wrote:
KVandegrift wrote:

> We are currently running on OES2 and want to move to either SLES11


Just curious - why? Licensing?

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nickclement Absent Member.
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Re: Groupwise 2012 platform choices

We were a Netware site then moved to Windows 2008r2 and now moving to SLES which is faster...:)
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Anonymous_User Absent Member.
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Are you able to quantify - always good to know just what the
difference is in the real world rather than supposition

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On Wed, 07 Aug 2013 14:36:02 GMT, nickclement
<nickclement@no-mx.forums.novell.com> wrote:

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>We were a Netware site then moved to Windows 2008r2 and now moving to
>SLES which is faster...:)

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dzanre1 Absent Member.
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TimScotland wrote:

> Are you able to quantify - always good to know just what the difference is in
> the real world rather than supposition


I've had two customers do this as well. I don't know if they ever did any
official metrics - but the help desk calls diminishing was the kicker.

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