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By Alex Evans

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Posted: 31 Oct 2006

Just a reminder to you all about next year's time zone changes. This affects anyone who's in the US, does business with the US, travels to the US, has heard of the US - well, you get the picture. Daylight Savings Time (DST) is going to be starting 3 weeks earlier and ending a week later in most US and Canadian time zones next year, so you all need to take steps to make sure that you have an easy transition. Dean Lythgoe and two members of his team - Kent Sievers and Craig Johnson - have been working hard to create an advisory for all GroupWise customers; however, it contains information relevent to everyone. NTS has converted the advisory into a TID and you can read it here.

In short, make sure all your time zone definitions are correct on servers, workstations, and in GroupWise - then install the WebAccess updates that will be following soon. Don't look right now, because we haven't released them yet; but we should be releasing a public beta of GW7 SP2 and a GroupWise 6.5 update, probably next week. At least that's the current plan unless something-very-bad happens.

The WebAccess fix is going to contain two changes. The first is an update to hard-coded time zones (in fact, it's the removal of hard-coded time zones, using the ones in the domain instead). The second is a time zone detection routine that will update WebAccess sessions to use the time zone of the workstation that users are logging in from.

I need to check on GWIA, as anecdotal evidence suggests that it also contains hardcoded time zone information that will break iCal appointments - so I'll post an update here later.

You should make your updates shortly after November 5 this year. We cannot stress enough the importance of your being on top of this to ensure next year's transition is a smooth and as pain free as possible.

And in the words of a great Alabama native, "That's all I have to say about that."

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