Need help setting up GropWise 2012 on Windows Server 2008R2

Posted on 2013-05-16
Last Modified: 2013-11-12
I want to setup a test GroupWise 2012 system on Windows Server 2008 because I want to understand it more. I have been trying for a while to get this running, but I am missing something. I have referenced the eDirectory and GroupWise 2012 documentation but I am just not understanding something. It seems that I am missing a step, or something, because I am not getting eDirectory to work, and/or I am not able to communicate with eDirectory so that the Novell Client works, or so that GroupWise 2012 can talk to it.

Here is where I am again. I just setup a new Windows 2008 R2 vmware image. The system is in workgroup mode. The firewall is turned off and so is IE security. Nothing else has been configured on this image.

I have the following programs:

•	Novell eDirectory 8.8.7
•	Novell Client 2 SP1 for Windows Server 2008
•	GroupWise 2012 Installation files.

System information:

•	Computer Name: gw2012-1
•	IP Address:

My goal is to create a test GroupWise 2012 system on Windows Server 2008. I have tried this a few times but I am missing something. I am not sure if I am entering the correct eDirectory settings. Once I get past installing eDirectory and install GroupWise 2012, the GroupWise system will not start. I cannot access or see the tree or context so I entered it wrong, or I need to do something else. I assume I both. I am unable to create accounts with the console one app that comes with GroupWise. So, I am missing something and I am probably entering something wrong.

Please guide me in setting up a basic GroupWise 2012 test system on this server. I would appreciate it if you could tell me what the correct settings should be or can be. I really don’t care what the settings are as long as they are entered correctly.

What are the steps involved with installing eDirectory so that it can be accessed and used by GroupWise 2012?

I assume I need to start with the eDirectory install first. So, here is where I am at. I started the eDirectory setup, and now I am at the following screen. Please let me know what to put into the following fields (I will use your example). Please be specific because I believe this is where I make my first mistake with the tree name and context:

Tree Name =
New Server Object context =
Admin Name:
Admin Context:

Then, after I install eDirectory, what do I need to install next? If I install the Novell Client, how will it see eDirectory? Do I need to install additional software or open ports?

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ID: 39181281

It appears you've done most things correctly so I'm not sure what's wrong.  I'll summarize what I've done to make your exact solution work on Win2k8:

1) Fully patched win2k8 server in workgroup (not AD) because eDirectory must go onto this box if it is the only Novell-NDS server.  AD and eDirectory compete for the LDAP/LDAPS ports of 389/636 so only eDirectory on here.
2) Install the Novell client you list above and reboot.
3) Login locally (don't try the network login yet).
4) Install eDirectory and create a new tree.  Give it a name and a context.  The context is similar in concept to a OU in AD as seen in ADUC.  The first level context in eDirectory is called an Organization object.  For your test system that will be fine.  For example, call it O=GW2012.   When the server object is created along with other required objects they will automatically go here.  Your admin object will as well.
5) Reboot after eDirectory, try to login to the tree and then onto the win2k8 server.  You'll need to click the advanced options before logging into eDirectory so you can put the IP address of the server into the Tree box and browse and select the Context (the O you created).  Don't worry about the server box.

If you can get all of that done successfully, you'll be ready to install the GW 2012 software.  Message back and we will pick up from there.


Author Comment

ID: 39181799
Thanks Scott. One of my first mistakes is in joining the server to the domain. I created a new Windows Server 2008 image, installed the Novell Client, and just installed eDirectory. Here are my settings:

Tree Name: QALAB
New Server Object: GW2012-1-NDS.GW2012
Admin Name: Admin
Admin Context: O=GW2012

Now, I rebooted my server and logged into the Workstation. I tried logging into the Novell Client but it does not see the Tree.
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Expert Comment

ID: 39181852
Did you go to the extra or advanced options link where a box opens up to show tree, context and server?

If so put the IP address into the tree box then click browse on the context.  If nothing comes up then logon locally and check to make sure the Novell-NDS (whatever it is called) service is running.  If so, right click on the red N in the system tray pop-up and see if you can login.
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Author Comment

ID: 39181905
The problem was the tree. Once I entered the IP address I was able to logon. Once I logged in, I created an additional Windows user named Admin, and I used the same password as the eDirectory Admin. I logged out and logged back into the workstation and eDirectory as Admin.

I am going to take a snapshot image before proceeding with GroupWise 2012.

Author Comment

ID: 39182011
Well, I hit another brick wall and am not sure what happened. I tried to install GroupWise 2012 with the following settings.

Domain Name: gwdomain
Path to domain database: c:\gwdomain
Domain object context: gw2012

Post Office Name: gwpo
Path to Post Office Database: c:\gwpo
Context: GW2012

When I start ConsoleOne I cannot create accounts. Everything is grayed out. If I try to re-authenticate it says: The System cannot authenticate you to this address...

I can roll back this image if I need to.
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ZENandEmailguy earned 500 total points
ID: 39182238
Nope...don't need to rollback.

After launching ConsoleOne, look in the toolbar after clicking on the NDS near the top left.  A green arrow icon will appear.  Click that.  It will provide an authentication box. Enter the admin with password, the the IP of the server (which is also the tree) and the context in the 4th box (gw2012).  If it works, the NDS will branch down to show the tree.  You can expand it to see the O and from there start creating accounts.

Do you see the "GroupWise System" on the left of C1?

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Author Comment

ID: 39182709
I don't see any contact information on your profile.

I am able to get into ConsoleOne and I was able to create an account under the context, but something is still wrong. I am not sure what it is but I cannot log in with a client.
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There used to be a "hire me" link you as a question asker could click to have EE send me an email.  I'm not sure what happened to that. If you take another look at my profile you'll hopefully see my first and last name.  Use the firstinitiallastname at igtg dot net  One other time I simply posted contact info and the moderator removed the post (I'm completely aware that moving over to remote session defeats the purpose of the forums here at EE.  However, your issue has moved beyond the reasonable message back and forth in my opinion.


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