Exporting GroupWise mail messages

We are currently using GroupWise 6 and GroupWise 6.5, running on Netware 6 servers.  These servers are setup at various remote sites.  We will be replacing many of the old servers with new machines in the near future.  We are looking at possibly running Open Enterprise Server with GroupWise 7.

Basically what I would like to do is create a fresh GroupWise server locally, create the accounts manually, and then be able to just move the mail messages from the old server to the new one.

Is it possible to do using archives?  Or do I have to purchase a 3rd party utility?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks :)

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It's kinda possible through archives, but the FIDs won't match up, 'cause you're not upgrading or migrating existing users.

The good-ol' GW5x FID editor should work for that.  You'd have to change the FID of the archive to match the FID of the new user, otherwise they won't be able to open the archive.

I don't know if there's a big difference (if any) between 6.x archives and 7.0 archives.
gnoshAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the response

I downloaded a trial version of 'FIDIT' from Email essentials, I hope it will do the trick.  I believe it's just a gui version of FID.  It claims to work with GW 6, 6.5, and 7 using GW client 6.5.  I will setup a test site and try it out.  

I'll let you know how it works.

gnoshAuthor Commented:
I renamed the archive FID succesfully.  But when I try to open the archive into the new GW account I keep getting a [CO67] error.  

I also tried holding ctrl-shift when opening the archive, forcing it to rebuild the archive but no luck.

Any ideas? Is there any other way to move messages into a new post office?

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Don't know if it'll help any, but have you seen this TID? http://support.novell.com/cgi-bin/search/searchtid.cgi?10096089.htm
Also see this TID: http://support.novell.com/cgi-bin/search/searchtid.cgi?10090951.htm

Make sure you're not using the old NGWGUARD, etc. files.

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gnoshAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the TID's.  I'll try them this week and let you know.

gnoshAuthor Commented:
Sorry for not getting back to you sooner, the project was put on the back burner for a few weeks.

 I used the TID’s you suggested and managed to get things working properly with a bit of messing around.  To make things easier on a larger scale I actually ended up using a product called ‘mergeit’.  I used the program to merge two different archives.  I changed the FID on the old archive to match the new one and then merged it with an archive created from the new post office.  The program pretty much does what the TID’s explain, but saved me a pile of time.

Thanks for your help!

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