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Groupwise 6.5 Webaccess on Windows IIS

Posted on 2005-03-16
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I have installed the Groupwise Webaccess on a Windows XP Pro system that is running IIS. The Groupwise Agents are all running on a Netware 6.0 SP3 server. I can access the Web Page without any difficulty, but after I click the Go button it returns page not found instead of the user name and password.

I ran into this one time before and "accidentally" found the solution in a forum I can't recall. There is an issue with IIS time out or something to that nature, that required the IIS default page to be modified to the Groupwise username and password page instead of the language selection page with the Go button. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Question by:gbaharoff
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Hmmm..... just a few general observations. Your NetWare installation is behind the times, the latest Support Pack for NetWare v6.0 is SP5, available for free from --> http://support.novell.com/filefinder/13659/index.html
I'll also note that I don't think M$ supports XP Pro used as a server in this fashion. So don't count on getting any help from them. For that matter, I wonder why you're using the most-hacked webserver on the planet. Apache ships with NetWare v6, why not use it? Its not only 3 times more popular (according to Netcraft) than IIS, but it also tends to be more secure.

OK, so GroupWise v6.5... what Support Packs, if any have been applied to GroupWise? Latest is SP4, and I'd recommend at least SP2. Again, available freely from --> http://support.novell.com/filefinder/16963/index.html

Insure that TCP/IP communication is flowing freely between the XP box and the NetWare server hosting the MTA.  Does the GWWA reside in the same GroupWise Domain as the Post Office? Best practice is for external-interface agents, such as GWIA and GWWA, to reside in a separate Secondary Domain. It'll work with everyone in one Primary Domain, tho, no problem there. Depends on how scalable and reliable you want your solution to be (altho "scalable" and "reliable" do seem at odds with XP).

Also, make sure the mailbox you are trying to access has a GroupWise password - you cannot access a GroupWise mailbox using Web Access (GWWA) unless that mailbox has a GroupWise password. Because GroupWise is platform-independent (as opposed to being tied to a single OS and directory service, like M$ does), the GroupWise password is separate from the eDirectory password for the associated account. Altho you can synch them.

Anyway, on the MTA, does it show the GWWA as "Open" when the Agent is running on the XP box? This is crucial. The MTA for the GroupWise Domain in which the GWWA resides must show the connection to the GWWA as "Open"... similarly, the GWWA must show the connection to the MTA as "Open".

The GWWA functions basically like the GroupWise Client installed on a workstation. When a user logs in, the GWWA forms a mailbox open request that, if you could unencrypt the session, would look remarkably like the client operating in Remote mode. In any case, when it gets the info from the POA on which the mailbox resides, it translates it into HTML for display in a browser. GET/POST operations also get translated into GroupWise internal commands.

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