GroupWise WebAccess And SSL

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  • 25-Mar-2008
  • 27-Apr-2012


Novell GroupWise WebAccess 6.0
Novell GroupWise WebAccess 6.5
Novell GroupWise 7


How to enable SSL connections from a web browser to GroupWise WebAccess?
How to redirect from port 80 to 443 with Apache and GroupWise WebAccess


When a user makes a secure connection to Groupwise WebAccess using SSL, the encryption between the user's web browser (Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, etc) and the web server (Apache or Microsoft IIS) is handled by the web server, and is not configured in GroupWise WebAccess.

If you are using Apache then you can use an additional module called mod_rewrite. You need to make the following changes in the GWAPACHE.CONF (GW 6.0) or HTTPD.CONF (GW 6.5) file (stored in SYS:\APACHE\CONF for NetWare 6.0 and in SYS:\APACHE2\CONF for Netware 6.5)

Uncomment the following line:

LoadModule rewrite_module modules/rewrite.nlm

Now add the following lines to the end of the file as they appear below (no modification needed). This will cause all requests on port 80 to /servlet/webacc to be redirected to https://servername/url.
For GroupWise 6.5:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} ^\/servlet\/webacc
RewriteRule ^/(.*) https://%{SERVER_NAME}/$1 [L,R]
For GroupWise 7:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} ^\/gw\/webacc
RewriteRule ^/(.*) https://%{SERVER_NAME}/$1 [L,R]

Restart apache after the file has been saved.

For NW 6.5 at a server console type:


wait a minute


For NW 6.0


wait 1 minute or so


One customer resolved the problem by replacing %{SERVER_NAME} with the name of the server.

A second option for redirection is to replace the web server's existing default page with one that contains a META REFRESH to redirect users to https:///gw/webacc

This article at Novell Coolsolutions gives one example of how to redirect using META REFRESH:

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