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GroupWise Password Set (GWPASSWD)

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In Brief

Command line utility which can be used to reset GroupWise Passwords.


Product Categories:
  • GroupWise
  • Functional Categories:
  • Passwords
  • Workgroup
  • Posted:26 Jan 2007
    File Size:60KB
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    Publisher:Matt Weisberg


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    Command line utility which can be used to reset GroupWise Passwords. Can find the user either using an NDS distringuished name or a GroupWise object ID.

    Last Update: 1/25/2007

    1. Introduction

    GWPASSWD is a command line utility that can be used to reset GroupWise passwords. It can only reset the GroupWise password, not the actual NDS password. If you use GroupWise with LDAP authentication, other tools such as Novell's ICE utility or any other LDAP tool can be used to set the password.

    This tool will set GroupWise passwords for both regular NDS-based GroupWise accounts and GroupWise External Entities.

    2. Requirements

    Since this tool is written in Visual Basic .NET, the .Net Framework version 2.0 is REQUIRED. This can be obtained at In addition, the following are also required on the workstation running GWPASSWD:

    • Novell Client for Windows
    • GroupWise Client for Windows

    This program was tested and developed with a GroupWise 7.0.1 environment. However, it should work with any GroupWise system back to at least version 5.5 EP and just about any eDirectory version back to eDirectory "85."

    In addition to the above software requirements, the user running the tool must have FULL file rights to the domain directory and proper administrative rights in eDirectory to modify accounts.

    3. Installation

    Simply unzip the archive into a directory. The Interop DLL must be in the same directory as the executable.

    5. Operation

    Prior to launching GWPASSWD, the workstation should be logged into eDirectory with a drive mapped to a GroupWise domain directory. GWPASSWD must have access to WPDOMAIN.DB in order to function.

    Command Line Format:

        gwpasswd -d domainpath -u user -m DN|GW -p newpassword [-v]


    -d Path to GroupWise Domain Database (WPDOMAIN.DB) - REQUIRED
    -u Mailbox to reset.
    Format is Distinguished Name (NDS object in dot notation)
    or GroupWise Object(GWID.Post Office.Domain),
    depending on mode switch (see mode switch below) - REQUIRED
    -m     Mode to use to locate user/mailbox.
    DN for NDS Distinguished Name or
    GW for GroupWise object ID - REQUIRED
    -p New mailbox password - REQUIRED
    -v Verbose output - Optional
    -h This help message

    Updates can be found at

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