How to configure a GWIA on SLES without xserver

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Novell GroupWise 7
Novell GroupWise Internet Agent (GWIA)
Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9
Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10

The GWIA is running on a SLES9 or a SLES10 server. On this server no xserver is installed.


Following the documentation, you need to install a xserver on SLES when you install a GroupWise system on this server. There are companies that don't allow a xserver on a server that is running in a DMZ. This TID will describe how to configure a GroupWise 7.0.1 or later GWIA running on a SLES server without xserver. This is not a supported solution.

An error you will see when you want to edit the properties of a GWIA is EXEPATH.CFG not found. You will not have the GWIA specific tabs in ConsoleOne


You need to do the following:
  1. Create a share on the SLES server. The mountpoint should be the root of the directory were the groupwise system is. e.g. //server/grpwise/dom1 the share should be on grpwise. For security reasons it is best to start smb manual (rcsmb start) and stop it after you have made the changes (rcsmb stop).
  2. Change on the SLES server the /opt/novell/groupwise/agents/gwia.cfg at the end. You not to remove/remark everything except --home and --dhome. Please make a backup copy of the existing GWIA.CFG first.
  3. Create a soft link of the /opt/novell/groupwise/agents/gwia.cfg in the gwia directory. E.g. ln -s /opt/novell/groupwise/agents/gwia.cfg /grpwise/dom1/wpgate/gwia70/gwia.cfg
  4. Change in the EXEPATH.CFG the location of the GWIA.CFG. You can find the EXEPATH.CFG in gwia directory. In this example /grpwise/dom1/wpgate/gwia70. Be careful you should use \ (slash) instead of / !!!!
  5. Restart the GWIA on the SLES server. E.g. rcgrpwise stop DOM1.GWIA70
  6. On your windows workstation make a mapping to this share.
  7. Start ConsoleOne and connect to you primary GroupWise domain. Do not connect to the domain on the SLES server. This could cause corruption.
  8. Goto the properties of your GWIA and select the proper directory under gateway directory. Save the settings and restart ConsoleOne
  9. Now you can use ConsoleOne to administrate you GWIA on SLES.
Please remember, this is not a supported solution.