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Cool Tool: GroupWise Personal Address Book Search & Replace

Novell Cool Solutions: Trench
By Jeff Brusoe

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Posted: 6 Nov 2003

The purpose of this program is to search through a GroupWise users's personal address books looking for a specified search string. It will replace that string with another one. For example, if there are addresses of the form, it can replace those with addresses of the form It can search through almost all of the available fields.

This program was written when we removed an Exchange connector from our GroupWise system. All the Exchange addresses in the personal address books had the form of username.ExternalPostOffice.ExternalDomain. Obviously, this would have created problems trying to send to these Exchange users without the connector. To solve this, this program was written that searched all personal address books, looking for the .ExternalPostOffice.ExternalDomain string and replace it with a valid

In our implementation of this, the search and replace strings were hard coded. To configure the program now, a separate text file, gwabfix.conf must be copied into the same directory as the executable, gwabfix.exe. In the configuration file change the SearchAddress, ReplaceWith, and Field entries to whatever is needed. Then run the program. The user must be logged into GroupWise for the program to work.

Also, if the address book is open at the same time as the program is run, the user will need to refresh the address book before the changes will be seen. For this reason, it is recommended to run the program with the address book closed. Step by step instructions on its use are included in the readme.txt file as well.

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