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Coexistence Manager for GroupWise 1.7.1 - FBC Configuration Guide

About the Coexistence Manager for GroupWise Documentation Determine your FBC scenario FBC Scenario #1 FBC Scenario #2 FBC Scenario #3 FBC Scenario #4 FBC Scenario #5 FBC Scenario #6 FBC Scenario #7 FBC Scenario #8 FBC Scenario #9 FBC Scenario #10 FBC Scenario #11 FBC Scenario #12 Appendix: FBC Planning Worksheet Appendix: Configuring and troubleshooting the FBC with PowerShell Appendix: Troubleshooting the FBC

Step 2: Configure the GroupWise side

GroupWise versions 8 and later can connect to Coexistence Manager for GroupWise's Free/Busy Connector via a F/B Internet URL.

FBC coexistence with any supported GroupWise version requires the GroupWise SOAP web service, enabled on the GroupWise Post Office where the Coexistence Manager for GroupWise service account resides. To enable and configure SOAP, see this Novell article, and this one too.

A later step of this FBC configuration procedure describes how to configure and test connections among Coexistence Manager for GroupWise FBC components and the GroupWise and Exchange environments.

Step 3: Configure the Exchange side

Configure domains, permissions and other server parameters and attributes so they will be able to work with Coexistence Manager for GroupWise’s Free/Busy Connector.

Coexistence Manager for GroupWise’s Free/Busy Connector can facilitate the flow of free/busy information among multiple subdomains supported by both the Exchange and GroupWise servers. To support this scenario, run the Add-AvailabilityAddress­Space cmdlet on the Exchange server for each GroupWise SMTP domain supported.

In these scenarios, Exchange queries for GroupWise F/B data (see the right halves of the Coexistence Manager for GroupWise servers in the diagrams below) are not sent to GroupWise, but rather are routed internally to Exchange’s own public folders, which Coexistence Manager for GroupWise regularly refreshes by its Coexistence Manager for GroupWise Public Folder Writer Service. For GroupWise queries to Exchange, however, Coexistence Manager for GroupWise supports two options (described in the next two subtopics below):

For either Exchange 2003 or 2007, GroupWise queries for Exchange F/B data (the left halves of the Coexistence Manager for GroupWise servers in the diagrams below) can pass through Coexistence Manager for GroupWise’s Public Folder Reader Service. The Public Folder Reader Service relays GroupWise F/B queries to Exchange public folders, and then relays the F/B info back to GroupWise.

Outlook users’ queries for GroupWise F/B info (the right halves of the Coexistence Manager for GroupWise servers in these diagrams) are routed directly to Exchange public folders (internally within the Exchange environment). The public folders reply by transmitting their F/B info directly to the Outlook users. No Coexistence Manager for GroupWise components are used for that query-reply portion of the F/B process. But the Exchange public folders must regularly be refreshed with GroupWise users’ current F/B info, and that function is performed by Coexistence Manager for GroupWise’s Public Folder Writer Service.

Coexistence Manager for GroupWise’s Public Folder Writer Service collects GroupWise users’ current F/B info from GroupWise to refresh the Exchange public folders, and also communicates with Active Directory to get and maintain a current list of GroupWise contacts in the Exchange system.

Coexistence Manager for GroupWise can connect to Exchange 2007 public folders either via its Public Folder Reader Service (as described above), or via Microsoft’s Autodiscover and EWS, as described here and illustrated in the diagram below. Connecting via the Microsoft services is not an option with Exchange 2003.

This configuration uses Coexistence Manager for GroupWise’s Exchange Free/Busy Connector Service to relay GroupWise F/B queries to Microsoft’s Autodiscover and EWS on the Exchange server, and relay the F/B info back from MS Autodiscover and EWS to GroupWise. (Microsoft’s Autodiscover and EWS in turn relay GroupWise F/B queries to Exchange public folders, and receive the public folders’ F/B info.)

Coexistence Manager for GroupWise uses its Public Folder Writer Service to get GroupWise users’ current F/B info from GroupWise and, at regular intervals, to refresh the corresponding F/B info held in the Exchange public folders. The Public Folder Writer Service also communicates with Active Directory to get and maintain a current list of GroupWise contacts in the Exchange system. Outlook users’ queries for GroupWise F/B info are routed directly to Exchange public folders (internally within the Exchange environment), while the public folders transmit the F/B info directly to the Outlook users.

Step 4: Configure Coexistence Manager for GroupWise's FBC Web Server

To configure Coexistence Manager for GroupWise’s FBC Web Server:

4.1: Physically install the Coexistence Manager for GroupWise FBC components

For any given scenario and configuration, it is possible to install all Coexistence Manager for GroupWise F/B Connector components on a single server, as shown in the illustrations in the introductory chapter (Determine your FBC scenario) of this Guide. However, many production environments experience sufficient query volume to warrant separate servers to ensure optimal performance. The installation instructions here therefore describe how to install Coexistence Manager for GroupWise’s F/B Connector on two servers.

If you prefer that all subcomponents reside on a single server, simply combine the components of Coexistence Manager for GroupWise Server 1 and Coexistence Manager for GroupWise Server 2 as they are listed in step 1 above. All Coexistence Manager for GroupWise Free/BusyConnector subcomponents are installed by the AutoRun utility included in the Coexistence Manager for GroupWise product kit.

See the configuration map you made in step 1 above to determine which components should be installed to which servers for this scenario.

IMPORTANT: Before you install, on any computer that will host any Coexistence Manager for GroupWise FBC web subcomponent, remove the IIS DefaultWebSite: In the navigation tree at left, right-click DefaultWebSite, and then select Remove from the pop-up menu. Coexistence Manager for GroupWise requires a dedicated server for its own web subcomponents.

Use the AutoRun utility now to install all the necessary Coexistence Manager for GroupWise F/B Connector subcomponents on the computer(s) where you want them installed.

IMPORTANT: Remember, the Coexistence Manager for GroupWise AutoRun installer must be run on the computer where you want to install a particular subcomponent. If you are deploying the F/B Connector to two different computers, you must run the AutoRun installer twice—once on each computer.
NOTE: Coexistence Manager for GroupWise’s Public Folder Writer Service and Public Folder Reader Service are available only via the Custom Setup option of Coexistence Manager for GroupWise’s F/B Connector Setup utility.
NOTE: If you are configuring F/B for Exchange 2003: Exchange 2003 does not support Coexistence Manager for GroupWise's F/B Bridge subcomponent or PowerShell. The AutoRun installer installs these subcomponents anyway, because it doesn't know how you intend to configure your F/B services, but the Coexistence Manager for GroupWise F/B Bridge and PowerShell will not be used in your configuration.

Remember: For Exchange queries for GroupWise F/B information, the simplest approach is to dedicate a separate Coexistence Manager for GroupWise FBC Server 2 (as noted in step 1 above, for Exchange queries to GroupWise, and GroupWise replies) for each GroupWise server, with all the Coexistence Manager for GroupWise servers feeding into the single Exchange server.

It is technically possible, but somewhat more complicated, to configure a single instance of the GroupWise FBC Service, EWS and Autodiscover to process free/busy traffic to and from multiple GroupWise servers—an approach that requires more elaborate GroupWise configurations.

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