Migrate Client Data from Groupwise 6.5 to Outlook 2003

Posted on 2005-05-12
Last Modified: 2008-03-17
I need to export user data from GroupWise 6.5 to an Exchange Server Environment. I cannot place any connectors between the servers due to corporate reasons. I have tried the following Novell Support Solution without success:
When I follow these instructions Outlook 2003 will crash even after it seems to have a connection.  I have reinstalled Office and it will still crash. This has happened on two separate clients. Does GroupWise need to have anything additional installed for this simple solution to work?

I only need to migrate 10 users from the GroupWise environment, with an average of 2GB of data between the Server and Archives. My preferred option is to migrate to PST file/s.


Question by:SELSupport
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    Oooo... nothing like migrating to an environment that triple your costs, make you instantly vulnerable to every bit of malware on the 'Net, and give you nothing that your current environment doesn't already have. That's sharp business sense, for sure...

    While your GroupWise environment may have an average of 2 GB per user in the message store, you need to understand that you'll lose the GroupWise message storage efficiency when you move the data. A reasonable estimate is anywhere from 2x to 10x as much storage will be required in the Ex/OE environment as you're presently consuming with GroupWise. Be sure to account for that.

    Also, another Expert on here whose done 4 such migrations (he said that 3 later switched back) estimates that a loss of 50% of the material in the Archives is possible.

    As for the TID you cite, that applies to Outlook 2002. Given Redmond's penchant for deliberately breaking backwards-compatibility and making sure that something that works with Product 200x won't work with Product 200x+y, I suspect that you're tripping over just such a problem. Have you tried looking VirusAttractor...I mean, Outlook 2002, like the TID says?

    Finally, if you're willing to just capture the E-Mail, enable IMAP support in GroupWise and connect with your new VirusAttractor 2003 as an IMAP client, and pull your E-Mail over that way.

    Or, wait for GroupWise v7.0 (inn the next 60-120 days) and the Outlook Plug-In that will let Outlook natively access the GroupWise message store.

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    Yes I did think 2003 would work fine but after trying Outlook 2002 it has worked quite well. Your right about losing some mails from the Archives. Also would not copy contacts so they needed to be exported separately.

    Is there much to enabling IMAP Support in Groupwise?

    The good thing about this migration is the mail will be forwarded from groupwise with their mailboxes remaining in place for several weeks.

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    "Is there much to enabling IMAP Support in Groupwise?"

    Not at all. You have the *choice* (something you can be sure Redmond is never going to give you) of methods, just like you have the *choice* of platforms on which to run GroupWise (and no choice with Exchange). You can either support IMAP at the GWIA or the POA.

    Decide which one you want, go to the Properties of either the Post Office or the Gateway, and enable the IMAP support. I think the POA will restart itself - you might have to shutdown and bring back up the GWIA (the Agent, not the server itself).

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