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    Groupwise Archive Conversion


    by oldbaritone ·

    Does anyone know of a product for an end-user to save the contents of a GroupWise Archive into something useful? I tried the “Save As…” option, but many messages in the archive have the same subject line, so I’m getting only either the first one or the last one. There are thousands of messages in the archive, in a tree structure, and I really don’t want to go through each message one-by-one.

    Emphasis “End-User” – the enterprise announced that they are converting from GW to Exchange, and Archive conversions would NOT be done at the enterprise level. So I have these files to convert to something I can use later.

    So don’t bother with the “1000+ user” conversion packages, they’re already shot down. What can one user do to save the data from a GroupWise archive, without the pain of saving every message manually, one-by-one, typing in new names for every one. Isn’t there something smart enough to include the date/time stamp information so that messages with the same subject line can all be saved en masse, preferably preserving the tree structure?


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    • #2814246


      by oldbaritone ·

      In reply to Groupwise Archive Conversion


    • #2814219

      Once upon a time…

      by neilb@uk ·

      In reply to Groupwise Archive Conversion

      It is possible to open a GroupWise archive with vbscipt but I haven’t done it for a few years…

      I’ve had a rummage to see if I can find any of my old scripts and I’ve found a couple of bits that may or may not help.

      Set GWApp = CreateObject(“NovellGroupWareSession”)
      Set GWAccount = GWApp.Login(strUserName,,strPassword)

      You’ll be OK with

      Set GWAccount = GWApp.Login()

      if it’s the mailbox belonging to the logged in user.

      This should log into a GroupWise session and you may be able to pull out the messages

      Set GWMessages = GWAccount.MailBox.Messages

      You can then loop through the messages collection and extract the informaion that you need.


      If you don’t script then you have a problem. I don’t have any GroupWise stuff to test it on, we went to Exchange in 2003!


      • #3026355

        Same situation, 7 years later

        by oldbaritone ·

        In reply to Once upon a time…

        enterprise is leaving Novell and Groupwise, going to AD and Exchange.

        When it happens, Novell will be gone. That’s why I’m trying to get history exported to a usable format now.

        Thanks for the script suggestions.

    • #2814200

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      by billmlod ·

      In reply to Groupwise Archive Conversion

      It may be possible to open your archives in Outlook (I know you can connect to GW mailboxes in Outlook, would have to revisit my old GW days for the exact way) or just keep the old GW client installed so you can open the archives in that. Not sure of any utilities to convert archives from the GW format.

      • #3026219

        Utilities do exist

        by neilb@uk ·

        In reply to 2 options

        but cost BIG money for an enterprise license.

        Quest have one such.

    • #3026218

      Is there any reason

      by neilb@uk ·

      In reply to Groupwise Archive Conversion

      why you can’t use the standard Exchange utilities?

      I did note that you specified that this was something for the end-user to do.

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