What Occurs if Two Users with the Same GroupWise FID Archives Their Email on the Same Workstation?

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  • 21-Oct-2009
  • 26-Apr-2012


Novell GroupWise 8
Novell GroupWise 7


When a GroupWise Archive is created, the FID of the user creating the archive is used to create the directory structure and controls access to the archive.  This can cause information from two separate users to be written to the same archive if the following circumstances are met:

1.  Two or more users share the same fid (They would have to exist in different GW Post Offices)
2.  The users that share the same fid also share the same workstation.
3.  The users that share the same workstation also have the same archive directory preference set (This is most likely to happen if the setting is set through Client Options in ConsoleOne at the domain or system level and the options is locked down).


To prevent users from inadvertently writing to the same archive in these rare circumstances, a few different steps could be taken.

1. Setting the Client Option within ConsoleOne for the Archive Location at the Post Office level with different target locations for each Post Office.
2. Set the Client Option for Archive Location, but do not lock down the setting.  This will enable the users who have duplicate FID's to modify this field.

Additional Information

A GroupWise FID is automatically assigned at the time a user is created in the GroupWise system.  It is a combination of 3 characters that can contain a characters 'a-z' and '0-9'.  GroupWise FIDs must only be unique within a Post Office and therefore it is possible (but not likely) that two or more users in a GroupWise system may have the same FID if there are multiple Post Offices .