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Using iFolder to Carry GroupWise Archives

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By Sean Azhadi

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Posted: 9 Jan 2007


How do you take your GroupWise Archives with you?

Using GroupWise Remote is wonderful. It works in Caching mode or on-line mode connecting directly to your Postoffice. GroupWise WebAccess is also great. The trouble with both of them is that you cannot take your Archives with you or access them remotely.

This article discusses how to make GroupWise Archives portable and how to create an absolute path using Windows internals, so GroupWise can see the absolute path.


Here's a quick trick: Use iFolder to carry your GroupWise Archives.

1. Copy your current Archives from its location (see the current location under Tools > Options > Environment > File Location > Archive Directory) to the new folder on iFolder such as i:\archives

2. Go back to GroupWise and change the location of the archives to the newly created folder with all archive files copied in it already.

3. If GroupWise asks you if you want to re-associate your archive with the new folder, answer "yes".

4. The next time you connect your home PC or your Laptop, allow the archives folder to synchronize.

5. After the sync is finished, run GroupWise. You should be able to see all your archived Email as well as your current on-line mailbox.

Caution: The location of the archive folder remains in the GroupWise Database. This means that your path to the archive folder is "absolute" and cannot change from one PC to another. To prevent this, you need to use a few Windows tricks to fool GroupWise so it thinks that your archives reside in the I:\archives on both (or all) systems.

You cannot map a drive letter to a local folder, so you can't map I: to C:\Documents and Settings\Sean\My Documents\iFolder\Sean\Home\Archives. However, you can trick Windows by SHARING the Archives folder, then going to your Networking Neighborhood and mapping I: to that "share." This makes your drive letter I: like an absolute connection to that folder. Do this on both (or all) systems and your GroupWise Remote at home or on your laptop, and your Local GroupWise at work should see and be able to use Archives simultaneously.

Editor's Note: Use this tip with caution, as Novell does not recommend synchronizing GroupWise databases with iFolder. Make sure you have a backup of your database before you proceed.


  • GroupWise all versions
  • iFolder 2.1x and up
  • Windows 2000 and up

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