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We are moving away from Novell all except for Groupwise in the near future.  Trying to find some information on licensing.  We currently own user licenses for OES and GW.  In renewing our licenses do we need to have the OES licenses to run GW on an OES box?  Or does the GW licenses cover it.  We are now using active directory as opposed to eDirectory.  Thanks
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Yes and no.

If all you do is run GroupWise on OES, and everyone is using client/server mode, then you don't use a NetWare/OES user license unless you log in to NetWare before you log in to GroupWise; however, you do use a GroupWise license regardless, and GroupWise uses eDirectory.  You need to still have at least one PC with the Novell client32 on it so you can manage GroupWise, because GW7 still needs ConsoleOne as a management tool.

If you don't want to use an OES user license, you need to use the "organizational person" object and not the "user" object.  "User" object types are only for NetWare/OES users.  If they log in to eDirectory rather than directly to GroupWise, they will need a "user" object that can consume a NetWare / OES license.

Like I said, if you're using GroupWise, you're using eDirectory.  GW7 still needs eDirectory.  Maybe the next release will be directory agnostic.

However, generally speaking, your OES licenses *should* be perpetual licenses, and all you'd be "renewing" would be the upgrade protection / maintenance on the licenses.
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Thanks Shine.  The people that will  need to admin GW will have the Novell client on their PC's to work in eDirectory.  Everything you said reaffirms what I was thinking. I do have a follow-up on the "organizational person."  Can a "user" object be changed to an "organizational person?"  

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Probably could be done through LDIF export/massage/import.  Not many object types can be changed to other object types.

I don't know if that's necessary for GroupWise; what I was trying to get across is that the "user" object's intent and purpose is as a NetWare/OES user.  The LDAP equivalent object class without the NetWare-specific attributes would be Organizational Person.
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