We will discuss all of the changes that you need to know about GroupWise 2012 in the next chapter, “Preparing for Your GroupWise Upgrade”. There is, however, one major change that needs to be addressed before you continue. With GroupWise 2012, Novell has discontinued NetWare as a server platform for GroupWise. This means that any GroupWise installation on NetWare will not be a simple upgrade. Rather, we will need to do a migration/upgrade.
This guide has been written for a simple upgrade of GroupWise on Linux or Windows (i.e., no server migration is assumed, and all GroupWise components will continue to exist on the same servers they were on for GroupWise 8 or prior). If you have your GroupWise system on NetWare, you need our guide that has been designed for that purpose.