[ngw] Looking for advice on Outlook 2007 on GW8

James Taylor James.Taylor at eastcobbgroup.com
Fri Apr 9 19:32:09 UTC 2010

First, let me get this out of the way...
I am fully aware of Novell's non-support of Outlook 2007 as a GroupWise client, so I don't need to be informed about that. Novell support is not an issue.  Practical usage is all I care about.

I have a very small, very high maintenance client that I have migrated from an ISP based mail using Outlook as a mail client.
Their legacy mail consists of a main outlook pst file of about 7GB, and an archive pst of about 17GB.  Lots and lots of folders.
Also, the contacts have a lot of notes, and many of them are actually references to legal case files. (Trying to use OL contacts as a CRM...)
I have tried a number of ways of importing the mail into GroupWise, and all of them have been slow and usually blow up regularly.  I have finally resorted to opening Outlook with a GW profile, connecting the pst and copying folder by folder.  

This process has been going on for several months, and the client has been very frustrated.  The change in the mail interface, combined with the never-ending task of trying to import and organize the mail has led to the plea to return to Outlook.  I don't think this is the best course, but trying to continue to push the point is fruitless, so I need a solution that doesn't involve trashing GW on the backend.

Here's the requirements:
I need for Outlook 2007 to work reasonably quickly, share calendars and contacts with two other users, have full access to proxies and and have the address lookups and auto completes work properly.

I also need the principal user to be able to sync her iPhone.

Is this feasible, or do I need to look at alternative mail systems for a backend?


James Taylor
The East Cobb Group, Inc.
james.taylor at eastcobbgroup.com

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