I am the email administrator for a county government. Our current messaging system is Groupwise 7.0.3.
Background: In our state, there are several County Agencies each managed by an elected official (Board of
commissioners, Tax Collector, Property appraiser, Sheriff, Fire Department, Supervisor of Elections, Clerk of the Court).
These are known as constitutional agencies. They have 100% separately managed staff's, managed by their own Administrative
staff. Each agency has a 100% separate IT staff.
When originally set up back in the day, each agency ran Netware.
Each Agency had their own separate NDS Tree, managed by them. We have WAN connectivity to each agency through a dedicated PTP
T1 or better.
We were the first to set up email (WPMail), and along the way, several other agencies set up their
own mail system. Somewhere around 1993 or so, the decision was made to bring all the other agencies into our Groupwise system
(Groupwise 4.x at the time).
For those of you that dont know, in Groupwise, you have a "Groupwise System", and
what are known as email domains. Our domain was the PRIMARY domain, and each other Agency is a Secondary or External domain.
Now, to be clear, each domain was still managed by its department, but being part of our Groupwise System, each domain had
the ability to automatically share Address Book (AKA contacts in Exchange) and you could also do Busy Searches (AKA:
free/busy in Exchange).
Over the years, several of the Agencies have migrated from Groupwise to various versions
of Exchange (most are 2003). But us and one or 2 others still run Groupwise. As Agencies migrated to Exchange, we were able
to maintain connectivity to them via a API Gateway on the Groupwise side, and the Groupwise connector for Exchange on the
Exchange side. This has worked well.
Until this year, when one of the agencies migrated from Groupwise right to
Exchange 2007. Doing this broke connectivity to us, and created a political shi*storm for both us (who didnt know anything
about the migration, and after the fact could not assist them) and them (who did not ask their superiors if they cared about
losing this functionality (their bad).
To get to my ultimate point. When we migrate to Exchange 2007 SP1 later
this year, we will be decommissioning our Groupwise system, and the existing connectors will cease to function. Those still
running Groupwise will become their own Primary Domain until they migrate.
I need to know what my options are
for (if at all possible) to allow address book synchronization and free/busy searches between Exchange systems. These
exchange systems are in completely different forests, with (currently) no trusts set up between them.
if any options will I have for connecting to the remaining (now stand alone) Groupwise systems.
As I understand,
there is no Groupwise connector for Exchange 2007.
I knew one day this setup would bite us in the ass, and I
doubt there are many (if any) setups like this, but you have to remember, you are dealing with Government agencies and prima
donna elected officials that only know "its always been this way" and dont (or dont) understand the concept that we HAVE to
do this migration, and the technical limitations of the product. You explain that the product is NOT designed to do this, and
get a blank stare and a "make it work" response.