A new Support Option has been added to GWCheck to allow administrators to help end users locate previously sent appointments that may have been impacted by a Time Zone change or a Daylight Saving Time change.
Novell GroupWise 7 SP3 GWCheck will create a search folder based on the criteria you supply in the Misc option tab. For example, the search folder can display all appointments that fall into the extra weeks of DST. Users are then able to use the folder to selectively resend their appointments, as needed.
GWCheck should be run for each changed time period - for example, if both the start and end of DST have changed, GWCheck should be run twice.
tzchangefolder="2008-03-30:2008-04-06:09.30:Please check the appointments in this folder"
2008-04-06 is the first Sunday in April which is used as the"Until" date on the query folder.
If Daylight Savings Time is increasing, then the offset between the dates should be the GMT offset during Daylight Savings Time.
All leading zeros shown are required.
The minutes in the GMT offset are optional.
B) A single folder is created, so you will run this each time a time zone change approaches. In other words, Sydney post offices will have this run once in April 2008 and again in October 2008. Each time it is run, the existing folder is replaced with the new folder.
C) The folder will be placed as the first folder under the cabinet.
D) As with other special GWCheck options, the option can be run from either a standalone GWCheck or kicked off from Console1.
E) It is run on a per post office basis and the option can include or exclude specific users.
F) The folder is user deleteable and you should inform users to feel free to delete it once they have checked the appointments in it.
G) Users should be warned to not adjust any appointments until they have applied the Microsoft (or appropriate OS) patch that actually changes their workstation time zone.
H) Administrators should make sure that all server machines are running with the correct OS patches and the correct TZ / DST settings.
If the DST period is getting longer, the From & Until dates will include day that used to be standard time and are now daylight savings time. In this case, you want to use the daylight savings time GMT offset so that the query shows the correct midnight to midnight range.
Q: What if I'm running this tool on a post office that isn't in the timezone that is changing?