I have been getting a lot of questions recently about all of the impending timezone changes and what Novell is doing. In fact, whilst writing this I had someone at my door with that very question. In my opinion these issues are probably more widely impacting than anything that Y2K brought us, and I wish that governments would just leave it alone. I know that there are places in the world where timezones are a constantly moving target, Israel I think changes their Daylight Savings start and end almost yearly and I have it on good authority from a Muslim colleague that many Muslim countries change their DST start and end to shorten the days during Ramadan. The difference between these places, and what is happening in Australia, Indiana and the US as a whole, is that it’s been happening for years and the locals know how to deal with it. The problem is that when the US has their mass change next year (has the bill even been passed yet?) the whole world needs to adjust to the change.
Time issues are always tricky and are guaranteed to bring a groan from any support engineer. If you came to our office in March or October you’d see us all walking around looking at our watches, moving imaginary hands with our fingers wearing puzzled expressions and trying to figure out questions like ‘if it was 2pm on March 29 and DST didn’t shift in Canada, then what colour shirt would President Mbeki be wearing?’ Well not quite, but that’s how it feels sometimes.
So, what is GroupWise development doing about this? The answer is nothing. Surprising answer maybe? Well, I’ll expand on it and I also plan to write a TID. For the most part GroupWise takes it’s time from the workstation, so as long as the workstation time and timezones are correct you should be ok. The other place we take time from is the server OS, so the same applies there. There are two exceptions:
- ConsoleOne Timezone administration
WebAccess follows the time assigned to the PostOffice and GW has a number of Timezone defintions that are changable in ConsoleOne (Tools | GroupWise System Operations | Timezones). Anyway, that’s enough for now, but I’ll be revisiting this again soon.
BTW, white with blue stripes is the answer. 🙂