GroupWise 5.2: When You're Away
By Pat Evans, Campus Wide Networks Computer Support Specialist
This is the third in a series of educational and informational GroupWise articles.
Did you know you can access your GroupWise mail from anywhere in the world? If you answered "yes," youre right but I suspect most of you said "no." Well, the bottom line is "yes"; you can access GroupWise from just about anywhere. Whether you are trying to access from home, or from your beachfront room in Cancun, you can always stay in touch with the pulse of the office with little more than the click of a mouse.
There are two ways to access your GroupWise mail: GroupWise Web Access and GroupWise over IP (IP stands for Internet Protocol).
This is by far the easiest way to access your GroupWise account. If you have Internet access with an Internet Service Provider (ISP) or a dial-up account with the University, youre already 90% connected. Before we get started, lets take care of one thing in GroupWise while were still at work your password.
Setting your password
By default, GroupWise doesnt require a password for PC users when they launch GroupWise. You can however create a separate password for GroupWise if you choose to add an additional layer of security, or if you plan on using one of the Remote Access options. (If you are a Macintosh user using GroupWise, you can skip this section; youve already set a password).
To set a password once youve launched GroupWise:
Thats it. Now you are ready to access your GroupWise via Web Access!
Accessing GroupWise Web
Once youve launched a dial-up networking connection to either your ISP or to the University dial-up, youve already done the hardest part of the accessing your mail. Using either Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator as your web browser (both work great), simply do the following:
Note: If your name is not unique in the GroupWise system, you may have to specify which GroupWise account you are logging in to. You do this by entering your post office, a period ("."), and your user ID e.g. "DSA.Jdoe". If this fails, try using your domain, your post office, and your user ID, separated by periods e.g. "Admin.DSA.Jdoe". If this also fails, please contact you Network Administrator to determine your correct GroupWise login name.
As you can see, the overall functions are much the same as your GroupWise back at work, with the visual layout being a bit different.
Exiting GroupWise Web
Once you are ready to exit GroupWise WebAccess, simply click the Exit button on the WebAccess toolbar.
GroupWise over IP
The two biggest reasons why some people wish to use GroupWise over IP instead of GroupWise WebAccess is the interface the appearance of GroupWise and the complete functionality that the GroupWise client has over WebAccess. An example of this functionality difference is the Trash. With Web Access, you can delete a mail message, but once deleted, it is permanently gone with GroupWise over IP, you still can undelete a deleted message. Also, GroupWise over IP allows you access to your personal address book; something you cant do with WebAccess.
Whats a client? Simply put, a client is a dependant application that accesses databases. Better yet, it is the exact same GroupWise program you have installed on your computer at work. It looks the same, acts the same, feels the same, and does all the same things.
Getting the GroupWise client
To borrow a copy of the installation media, contact John Bradley at 565-4830, and ask to sign out a copy. Once the media is checked out, you can then pick it up at the Computing Center Helpdesk, Room 119 of the Computing Center (located in the Information Sciences Building).
Installation instructions are included in the front jewel case cover. The client will install on Windows 95/98/NT, Windows 3.x, and on Macintosh computers.
To install the client on a typical Windows 95 PC:
If you also wish to install the Enhancement Pack, run D:\GWMEP.
To install the client on a Windows 3.x PC:
And if you wish to install the GroupWise client on a Macintosh:
When GroupWise is run for the first time, it will prompt you for some host information. On the TCP/IP (or Client/Server on Macintosh) tab, enter gw1.unt.edu as the address and leave the port set to 0. In the USER ID and PASSWORD boxes, enter your GroupWise username and password.
For installation, connectivity or usage questions, please call the Computing Center Helpdesk at 565-2324.
Running GroupWise over IP
To use your GroupWise, launch a dial-up networking connection to your ISP or to your University dial-up access account. Then just double-click the GroupWise icon located on your desktop. As you can see, the GroupWise environment is just like that which you use at work.
The future of Remote Access
The future of remote access looks good for years to come. With the roll-out of GroupWise 5.5 later this spring, and the ever-increasing use of the Internet as a daily part of our lives, youll see some improvements to GroupWise WebAccess almost immediately. While all the same functionality remains, additional features such as retrieving deleted items from trash, will make their appearance.
Personal Digital Assistants (Palm Pilot and Palm PCs) will also aid to this expansion of user access to mail both at home and at work.
Whatever your reasons being Master of the Universe or quietly staying in touch from wherever you may be home or your beachfront hotel room, GroupWise can now and for years to come, allow you to always stay in touch. As the old joke goes: Are you a Type A personality? You want to be.
If youd like to learn more about GroupWise and the many features it provides, please visit the following URLs: