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Hello,
 I have a client I just converted from outlook to groupwise 6.5. they have norton antiviruys on teh workstations. when they sent a mail they had it scan before going out. Is there a way to do this with groupwise?
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No, because unlike Look Out!, GroupWise stores its composed (and in-progress) E-Mail on the server. But, unlike Look Out!. GroupWise isn't vulnerable to every last bit of malware out there.

Even if you Archive to local disk, the E-Mail is stored in an encrypted format, so conventional scanners can't scan it (altho if you expert an E-Mail or save an attachment to disk outside of GroupWise, the scanner WILL get that).

Basically, you want a server-based virus scanner. But its not quite that simple.

GroupWise stores its data, as noted above, in an encrypted format. As E-Mail is passed around a GroupWise system, it is always transmitted encrypted. This prevents the casual evesdropped from seeing the contents of the E-Mail. It will also prevent a simple server-based virus scanner from being able to scan the E-Mail.

So, you need something that can "plug into" the GroupWise system, access its encryption APIs, and scan the E-Mail before re-inserting it into the GroupWise system. This is to catch E-Mail BETWEEN Post Offices and/or GroupWise Domains. Once such product is GWAVA (http://www.gwava.com).

Now, if you want to scan at the perimiter, there are products that can operate at the GWIA level. Basically, they sit between the SMTP daemon that is part of GWIA and the actual SMTP-to-LIN ("LIN" is the internal message format of GroupWise) gateway. These intercept INbound messages before they are taken into the GroupWise system, and OUTbound ones before they are handed to the SMTP daemon. The same people who make GWAVA also have Guinevere to do this sort of thing (GWAVA can do it too).

Finally, you can always set up a relay host between GroupWise and the Internet and perform scanning there.
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BTW, you may have noted that GroupWise does not have its own TA under the E-Mail heading. If you'd like to help change this, then a nice (free) message in the New Topics request area would be helpful. http://www.experts-exchange.com/Community_Support/New_Topics/
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