Novell 6.5.7 Test Environment

Posted on 2009-12-22
Last Modified: 2013-11-12
We want to create a test environment. We would like to duplicate our existing Netware 6.5.7 Servers that are running Groupwise 7.0.2
Can someone recommend a step by step document or TID ?
We are Backing up our Servers with Veritas 12.5 and also using DBCopy.
One of our goals is to confirm backups are actually good, and then to use that duplicated Groupwise System to use as a test to upgrade to Groupwise 8.
Question by:dkamp77
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    I can't cite a specific TID but here is how I have done what you need when I've had to restore multiple GroupWise system tapes for forensics purposes:

    1) Build a server in its own tree that uses the same tree name as your production tree as well as same servername.  (Obviously this server WON'T be on the production network).  You don't actually have to use the same names as GroupWise will allow you to graft it from one tree to another once you have restored the domain and its database (wpdomain.db).
    2) Set up the volumes similarly to your production server
    3) Restore the GroupWise system from backup tape
    4) Install the agents
    5) On a workstation that is plugged into the same small network that your test server is hooked to, install ConsoleOne and add the GroupWise snapins and confirm you can login with the Novell client, open C1 and open and look at the GroupWise components (domain, post office, gateways, etc).
    6) If step 5 looks good, launch the agents on the server and confirm you can login with the GW client.  I wouldn't worry about WebAccess but if you want to completely duplicate the prod. system, you'll need to install both the GWIA and WebAccess.  Don't expect internet mail to come and go because you won't be hooked up the production network/firewalls, etc.  But at least you can confirm that the GWIA will launch and that you can login to WebAccess.
    7)Download the GW8.0.1 including the WebAccess "crash" fix and go through the steps to upgrade.

    If I were you, I'd build all of the above with a virtual machine so you could snapshot  the various stages in case you want to go back and do something over a different way.

    Hope that helps.

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    Having built quite a number of "clone trees" in the past (copies of all live servers running in an isolated environment, with same IP addresses and a quad-NIC linux box routing between the 4 subnets, providing NTP, DNS etc..), I would recommend you get yourself a copy of Portlock Storage Manager.  You can image your servers in double-quick time, then bring them back up as VMs (or on high-spec PCs as I did), tweak the drivers, and you're up and running.

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