Upgrading In-Place – Linux or Windows

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While upgrading GroupWise hasn’t been as bad as Microsoft Exchange migrations in the past about requiring new hardware/OS, GroupWise 2014 will pose some challenges for sites that are on older servers.  In order to be able to upgrade in place, you need to have your existing GroupWise system on one of the following:

  • Novell Open Enterprise Server (OES) 11, plus the latest Support Pack
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 11, plus the latest Service Pack
  • Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, or Windows Server 2012 R2, plus the latest Service Pack

It should be specifically noted that this is quite a change even from GroupWise 2012.  Only one “version” of Linux is supported, that being SLES 11, with or without OES 11.  There is actually more flexibility here with Windows servers than with Linux.

Perhaps of utmost importance is that all of these options are 64 bit only.  So, even if you want to upgrade a SLES 10 32 bit system, you will be required to “rip and replace” for GroupWise 2014.

If your GroupWise system is not already on one of the above required platforms, and the only purpose of the server is GroupWise, it’s our recommendation that you just “migrate” your GroupWise system to a new server.  If this is hardware, of course that’s more difficult.  But if you are virtualizing your GroupWise servers, this might be no more difficult than creating a new VM for your SLES11/OES11 servers, attaching the existing GW storage, and upgrading!  If you wish to upgrade your SLES/OES 64 bit servers first, please see __________________, and then proceed with these instructions for upgrading in place.  However, if you are planning on migrating to a new server, please jump over to our section on migration and upgrading.