Software

Installing GroupWise screen by screen

Sometimes software installations can be tricky. There are gotchas waiting on every screen. GroupWise is no exception. In this Daily Drill Down, Eric Toll takes you on a screen-by-screen GroupWise installation.


In parts one and two of Ron Nutter’s Daily Drill Downs on “Installing GroupWise 5.5 on a single server,” he showed you how to install GroupWise on your NetWare server. In this Daily Drill Down, I’ll expand on his discussion by walking you through each screen that you’ll encounter while installing GroupWise.

Getting started
Start by putting your GroupWise CD-ROM in your administration workstation. Make sure you’ve logged on to your server either as Admin or as a user with Admin rights. Begin the installation by dropping to a command prompt, changing to your workstation’s CD-ROM, typing install, and pressing [Enter].

You’ll then see the Welcome screen shown in Figure A. You don’t need to make any selections on this screen, so click Next to begin.

Figure A
Click Next to begin the installation.


Then you’ll see the License Agreement screen shown in Figure B. Make sure you read and understand GroupWise’s License Agreement before continuing. To continue the installation, click Accept. If you click Decline, the installation will end.

Figure B
Click Accept to accept the License Agreement and continue.


After you click Accept, you’ll see the Plan Your System screen shown in Figure C. This screen explains that you will need to plan your system before installation, and lists the planning documentation you will view if you click Plan. For more information about planning your GroupWise installation, see the Daily Feature entitled "Preparing to install GroupWise 5.5." Click Next to continue.

Figure C
You can click Plan to view documentation to help you plan your system.


Getting to the heart of the installation
You’ll then see the Select Tree screen shown in Figure D. Here, you select the NDS tree where you’ll install GroupWise. GroupWise’s installation program must extend the NDS schema to accommodate objects required by GroupWise. Select the tree in the Tree Name list box and click Next to continue. If you only want to extend the schema but not install GroupWise at this time, just select the Extend Schema Only And Exit Installation check box.

Figure D
You must extend the schema before installing GroupWise.


Next you’ll see the NDS Will Be Extended screen shown in Figure E. This screen confirms that you’ve chosen the correct tree. If you’ve selected the wrong tree, click Back and try again. Once you’ve selected the correct tree, click Next to continue.

Figure E
Check the Current Tree value to make sure you’ve selected the correct tree.


Now GroupWise’s installation program will extend the selected tree’s NDS schema. When it completes, you’ll see the screen shown in Figure F. Click Next to continue.

Figure F
Install confirms that the schema extended properly.


Next, you can select the languages you want GroupWise to support as shown in Figure G. GroupWise 5.5 is available in the following languages: English-USA, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Danish, Dutch, Eastern European, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish. For this particular installation, I chose English-USA. Click Next to continue.

Figure G
Select the languages you want to install.


A method to the madness
At this point, you can choose the installation type from the Install Method screen as shown in Figure H. You’ll have two choices, Custom or Express. I like the Custom choice because it gives more control of the options available. However, it’s nice to know that you can also choose the Express installation method and let the Install program make these choices for you. For this Daily Drill Down, I chose Custom.

Figure H
You can choose to do a Custom or Express installation.


Now you’ll see the NetWare Administrator Path screen shown in Figure I. This should be a no-brainer, but if you’re like me and log in to several servers at the same time, the GroupWise install program may not provide the correct path. On this screen, you must specify the path where you’ve installed NetWare Administrator. GroupWise’s installation program needs this information because it needs to copy some management snap-in files to be used in conjunction with NetWare Administrator. Choose the server’s SYS volume that you are installing GroupWise onto. You need to have a drive letter mapped to the root of the server volume.

Figure I
Here, you may choose the directory to your SYS volume.


If you don’t have this drive listed in the Select A Drive list box, it's no big deal. Just map a drive now. My favorite way to do this is to drop to a command prompt and enter the following command: map r:=server_name\sys:. Type exit and use your [Alt][Tab] keys to toggle back to the GroupWise 5.5 installation program and then click Refresh. You should see your newly mapped drive pointing to the desired SYS volume. Select the appropriate path by clicking one of the drive letters listed. Then, click Next.

You’ll then see the Software Distribution Method screen shown in Figure J. Don’t select the option to use the CD as a mounted NetWare volume because later when you apply GroupWise enhancements and/or patches, you’ll be forced to use the original CD. Whenever you make a change, GroupWise’s installation program will ask to copy files from where the software distribution directory is located. Note that the default choice is to use a Directory On File Server. Click Next to continue.

Figure J
You must specify where GroupWise should find its distribution files.


After you click Next, you’ll see the Software Distribution Directory screen shown in Figure K. This is the place on your server volume where all of the GroupWise software will be installed. Administrators will run setup from this directory to add post offices or domains to the GroupWise system. Users will need Read and Filescan rights to the Clients directory.

Figure K
Choose the directory from where you will distribute GroupWise.


The default is z:\groupwise\software, which is usually on the SYS volume. If you have plenty of room on SYS, you’ll have no problems. If you have another NetWare volume that you employ for data and applications, however, it may be a better choice. Expect the software distribution directory to occupy around 400 MB and around 6,000+ files.

This brings up a little naming convention I like to use when installing GroupWise systems. I always name the software distribution directory Grpwise.sfw; the post office directory Grpwise.poa; and the GroupWise domain Grpwise.dom right off the root of a large and fast NetWare volume. You may name the directory anything you wish but remember that users will need access to the Clients subdirectory underneath the main software distribution directory.

After you’ve selected the directory and clicked Next, you’ll see the Select Software screen shown in Figure L. Here, you get to pick all of the clients, agents, and programs that will get copied to the Software Distribution Directory. I like to select all of the options just to be sure that I get all of the software. Select the software you want to install and click Next to continue.

Figure L
Select the GroupWise files you wish to install.


GroupWise’s installation program will then check the files on your server. You’ll then see the Read-Only Files screen shown in Figure M. Select the default option to Replace The Read-Only Files and click Next to continue.

Figure M
The installation program may detect read-only files. Don’t panic.


The GroupWise installation program may also find files on your server that are newer than the ones on the GroupWise 5.5 CD. If such files are present, you will see the screen shown in Figure N. Select the option Do Not Replace The Newer Files, and click Next to continue.

Figure N
Make sure GroupWise doesn’t overwrite newer files.


You’ll then see the Ready To Install screen shown in Figure O. You’re now ready to begin the main-file copy process. To begin, click Install.

Figure O
Click Install to begin copying files.


After the file copying is complete, you will see the Determine Next Step screen shown in Figure P. There are three choices, and since this is a new install, you will choose the middle selection, Creating A New GroupWise 5.5 System. Click Next to continue.

Figure P
After the installation program copies the files to disk, you must decide what kind of installation to proceed with.


Next, you’ll see the Run NetWare Administrator screen shown in Figure Q.

You can click Run to launch the NetWare Administrator and automatically launch the NetWare Administrator and the GroupWise Setup advisor. If you click Exit, however, the GroupWise Setup Advisor will launch and help you set up the rest of the system the next time you run NetWare Administrator. For this Drill Down, I clicked Exit.

Figure Q
You must run NetWare Administrator to complete the process or click Exit to stop.


Conclusion
In my next Daily Drill Down, I’ll complete the installation process in NetWare Administrator. The process is pretty straightforward with only a few options that might seem confusing.

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