updates for the Toronto and Ottawa area GroupWise Groups
|This is the twice-annual meeting of the GroupWise Admin Group for those in the Toronto Area.|
GroupWise is such a low maintenance groupware application (according to it's Admins), it's no wonder that there are so few GroupWise administrators out there ("the stuff just runs itself!").
Well, we're here to help you lonely administrators get in touch with each other so that you can share the knowledge and skills of tuning, tweaking, and enhancing this powerful and flexible product, and further reduce your time and effort!
Meet others who have "Been there, done that, got the T-shirt!".
Come and learn how to save time, effort and money administrating and using ALL versions of GroupWise.
(You veterans out there will recognize the box shots at right!)
It's that time again - to get together, learn some great stuff about our favourite product and share some of our experiences.
Date: Wednesday November 22, 2006
Time: Sign in beginning at 3:30 PM;
Meeting runs from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM sharp!
SPECIAL LOCATION! Toronto Public Library
- Northern District Branch Rm 224BC
40 Orchard View Blvd. (directions below)
416-393-7610 if you're lost!
Directions: Map to Northern District Library:
Closest major intersection:
Yonge St. and Eglinton Ave.
Located 1 block north of Eglinton Ave. just west of Yonge St.
|Recent Meeting News|
Tuesday May 9, 2006
October 15, 2005
Prior Meeting: Wednesday November 17, 2004
Prior Meeting: Wednesday November 17, 2004
Research in Motion presents:
Blackberry Enterprise Edition for GroupWise
RIM's Slideshow is here, or download pdf (6.7 MB).
Prior Meeting:Thursday February 19, 2004
Prior Meeting: May 22, 2003
Prior Meeting: November 4, 2002, the room was packed as usual.
That's all we could fit into two hours. Hope to see you next time!
Prior Meeting: April 11th, 2002
- GroupWise Shared Folder Manager
- GroupWise Client Enhancement
(including a skin that looks like Outlook)
- GroupWise AntiVirus Protection
- GroupWise Fax Server
- GroupWise Applets for automation
- GroupWise Instant Messaging
- GroupWise Address Book Agent
and if time allows an update from Brainshare.
Prior meeting: Thursday March 29, 2001
- What's up with GroupWise 6?
- Wireless developments
- New utilities and add-ons
Previous May 31st, 2000
Minutes: March 23rd, 2000
What was covered:
Since the Announcement of "BulletProof" had just come out, Andreas had a short presentation covering the interesting details and developments. But to get a better idea of what's coming down the GroupWise track see this feature article on the Cool Solutions site!
Apparently, Andreas once told a customer in passing that there were over 9 ways to get at your GroupWise information when out of the office. Well, of course the customer then wrote back and asked for a detailed description of all nine ways! But for this meeting, instead of going through all the gory details, a simple (8-slide) presentation was able to convey the same information. Because it was broken down in a modular fashion according to connection type, it wasn't too hard to understand. And besides, there ended up being 10 ways!
The rest of the meeting was spent discussing GroupWise and firewalls. This was quite lively with many questions, opinions and discussions that can't be easily captured in print.
Minutes: Dec 16th, 1999
The Meeting held at TriOS training centres went very well. In addition to the regulars, there were also many attendees who trickled in after their Novell Certified Directory Engineer (CDE) training. It made for a full room, but as always, an entertaining crowd. So here's what was covered:
Actually, for full descriptions of all the new features of the GroupWise Enhancement Pack, please check out the comprehensive GW5.5 EP brochure.
First covered was the new 32-bit Client. This began with a demonstration of the POP3/IMAP functionality. POP3 mail comes into a GroupWise folder (Mailbox, or an individual folder), while IMAP has its own little "mailbox" icon. The reason for this is that IMAP supports foldering, so you need something at the top to represent the IMAP mailbox. It was tested against the free Novell WEB/POP3/IMAP messaging system: www.myrealbox.com (sign up yourself it you want free e-mail with lots of options, and NO advertising!). The great thing is that you can now use one client (at home perhaps?), with one interface, to connect to company GroupWise mail, as well as personal ISP mail!
Also shown was the native HTML editing. Web pages come into the mail view and are displayed just like in a browser! When composing a message one can use icons and buttons to insert HTML codes and features. The secret to this functionality is that GroupWise calls some Internet Explorer .DLL's, so IE 4+ has to be on the hard drive, but this does not have to be your default browser!
Next was shown the new WebAccess. This was the most popular feature of the Enhancement pack. The new look is great, but the higher usability is the real bonus. The whole process is now a Java Servlet (instead of CGI), and most functions spawn a new browser window, eliminating the need to keep repainting the screen with the inbox contents. You can see it for yourself at democity.novell.com.
Next shown was the Agent enhancements. They run as NT services on that platform (not shown), and every agent has its own Http port. This means you can surf over to the agent and see how its doing! Also, the GWIA now supports paging support. Since most Pagers have a SMTP gateway at their end, this is the easy way to do things!
Last covered was the GroupWise Monitor. This browser-based tool is a
java servlet that periodically polls the agents (via Http, and SNMP) and
displays the status, configuration and health. At a glance one can see
how your whole GroupWise system is doing!
Did you know that you can very easily set up encrypted communications between you and any other similarly-configured GroupWise 5.5 system? Well you can! To see how, it's probably just best to read Andreas' article over there on the GroupWise Cool Solutions Site.
Finally, we wrapped up with a quick demo of ProWrite. This handy GroupWise add-on, allows one to quickly build documents from re-usable "boilerplate" text, and custom mail-merge them together using information from the GroupWise Address book. Very handy to better leverage the contact information you already have! It works with both Word and WordPerfect.
Minutes: Sept 23rd 1999 courtesy of Dan McHugh
Thanks must go out to Andreas Bach, Legato, Netpro and the various attendee's who either volunteered to time or resources to make this meeting another great success. The Meeting started right on time and as always we had a great line up of demonstrations.
We had a quick glance at the new GroupWise 5.5 Enhancement Pack Public Beta (See the www.GroupWise.org home page for links to some of the stuff we saw at the meeting). What does the enhancement pack mean to us administrators? Based on the feedback from users like you, Novell has enhanced a lot of the reporting functions. GroupWise Monitor has been completely redesigned as a Java application without any dependency on ManageWise. Functionality includes client/server polling of status information, configurable thresholds for monitoring and alerts, and use of NDS as the directory for agent discovery. GroupWise WebAccess includes a redesigned user interface and the implementation of Java servlets to replace the GGI extensions. The servlets also open up new windows when reading messages making Webaccess much faster! A lot of new toys. Mainly demonstrated was the Monitor and new Webaccess look and feel (It's definitely a new look). This Beta Enhancement pack can be retrieved from the web at: http://support.novell.com/beta/public/.
Resourceful as people must sometimes be, Andreas Bach (Alias BungyBoy) couldn't bring Netpro Mail Central to us in person so he did the next best thing, WebEx , Internet Conferencing system brought their screens to us all the way from Netpro central in Scottsdale AZ, United States (They tried some ms netmeeting conferencing software but it just couldn't make it through the firewalls). Netpro's Mike Novac showed us the latest greatest version of Mail Central Version 2.0 Via a web conference. NetPro's MailCentral is an innovative third-party solution that monitors GroupWise on a 24x7 basis and sends proactive alerts on all key GroupWise components, including domains, gateways and post offices. The Configuration Wizard in version 2.0 enables administrators to configure the database without having to manually create and enter information for each domain, post office and gateway. MailCentral's Configuration Wizard discovers and displays the entire GroupWise system and allows the user to walk through the configuration of MailCentral's database in a few simple steps. MailCentral 2.0 also features an upgraded 32-bit client. Besides new support for GroupWise 5.5 these are several major features that users of this software have been waiting for.
Also demonstrated was GroupWise Reporter from Emailxtras . A dandy tool for checking out what is going on with those GroupWise Gateways:
E-mail being such a mission critical service now a days, we also heard from Edgar Oblitey from Legato (Formerly Vinca) on the Vinca High Availability Products (Vinca Standby Server, SnapShot Server and Offsite Archive). Available for demonstration was a fully functional Vinca Standby Server as deployed at the City of Toronto's new 10,000 seat GroupWise system. Again more valuable information for us GroupWise Administrators on keeping things humming.
Sorry to say it but there wasn't enough time to fit in the whole agenda as the meeting came to an end at about 6:30 PM. Nevertheless, people milled about after the meeting to pick the ears of the many admins and Novell's own Andreas Bach. Andreas you will never be able to run quick enough!
Thanks Andreas for another great meeting!!