48.1 Changing the Link Protocol between the Internet Agent and the Message Transfer Agent

Before GroupWise 7, the Internet Agent and the MTA communicated by transferring message files through message queue directories, as shown in the following diagrams in GroupWise 8 Troubleshooting 3: Message Flow and Directory Structure:

Starting in GroupWise 7, you can configure the Internet Agent so that it uses TCP/IP to communicate with the MTA, instead of message files, as shown in the following diagrams:

During installation of the Internet Agent, you had the opportunity to choose between a direct link (message files) and a TCP/IP link. If you did not choose the TCP/IP link during installation, you can configure the Internet Agent to use TCP/IP at any time.

If you want to enable TCP/IP communication between the Internet Agent and the MTA, use 7102 or another available port number. If you do not want to enable TCP/IP communication, use 0 (zero) as the port number.

  1. In ConsoleOne, right-click the Internet Agent, then click Properties.

  2. Click GroupWise > Network Address.

    Internet Agent Network Address property page
  3. In the TCP/IP Address field, click Edit, specify the IP address of the server where the Internet Agent is running, then click OK to return to the Network Address page.

  4. In the Message Transfer Port field, specify a unique port number; for example, 7102.

  5. Click OK to save the new link configuration for the Internet Agent.

    ConsoleOne then notifies the Internet Agent and MTA to restart using the new link protocol.