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Upgrade Linux then move to Windows?

I currently run GW 2102 on Linux. My GW accounts are External Entities in e-directory.
We moved to AD about 1.5 years ago for networking.
So...in the long run I want to create a new Windows server for GW 2014 and enable AD support in GW.

Where do I start? Upgrade the Linux system to 2014. Make sure it's stable. Then enable AD support? Make sure it's stable. Then setup a Windows 2014 system and migrate to that system? Is it even possible to migrate user accounts from Linux to Windows? And...do I want to...My network admins want Windows but from past experience Linux has been a better system for GW.

Any suggestions would be appreciated!
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tamideemer wrote:

> I currently run GW 2102 on Linux. My GW accounts are External Entities in
> e-directory. We moved to AD about 1.5 years ago for networking. So...in the
> long run I want to create a new Windows server for GW 2014 and enable AD
> support in GW.


That's fine.

> Where do I start? Upgrade the Linux system to 2014. Make sure it's stable.
> Then enable AD support? Make sure it's stable. Then setup a Windows 2014
> system and migrate to that system?


Personally, I would go straight for moving the system to Windows and performing
the upgrade. I see no benefit in upgrading on Linux and then moving it all to
Windows and having to perform the overall installation again. In fact, I think
it adds a lot of unnecessary complications with recreating admin service
certificates and the like. Do it all on Windows!


> Is it even possible to migrate user
> accounts from Linux to Windows? And...do I want to...My network admins want
> Windows but from past experience Linux has been a better system for GW.


You say your GroupWise users are all external entities, so they really are only
marginally integrated with eDirectory at this point. That's actually to your
benefit. So, you move to Windows, upgrade the GW system, and then associate the
GroupWise accounts to the AD accounts. If the GroupWise IDs are the same as the
sAMAccountNames you can do a mass association. If they are different, you can
manually associate the users with AD.

Here's a whitepaper on the process.

https://www.novell.com/docrep/2014/03/taking_advantage_of_active_directory_support.pdf?noredir=true

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