How to launch a stand alone post office agent to access a restored post office

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  • 19-Oct-2016
  • 19-Oct-2016


Novell GroupWise
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How to configure a stand alone post office to access a restored backup
How to launch / run a post office for temporary usage with little configuration
How to configure a user-accessible alternative to Restore Area Management
An approach for user(s) to restore mail, appointments (calendar events), documents


The following document presumes a Post Office (PO) has been restored to an accessible directory and there is a need to retrieve mailbox items that are unavailable in the live GroupWise system. It is therefore recommended that the entire post office directory has been restored, including wphost.db, ngwguard.db and the following directories: ofuser, ofmsg, offiles.

Although it is recommended to use the Restore Area Management feature for accessing backed-up mailbox items, the following can be considered as a quick-alternative approach for individually fetching desired mailbox items through manual export/import.

Please follow the steps below to start a temporary GroupWise Post Office Agent (POA) to allow access to the restored PO:

  1. From a terminal window, export the Library Path variable for GroupWise Agents:
    export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/opt/novell/groupwise/agents/lib

  2. From the same terminal window, please enter the following command to start a temporary POA in the terminal console:
    Note: The export variables that were configured in Step 1 are only for this terminal that is currently running. If this terminal is closed, the stand alone post office will be closed as well.

    /opt/novell/groupwise/agents/bin/gwpoa --show --home <path to restore PO> --ip <ip address of server> --port <unused port: 1699> --noconfig --nomtp --noqf --nomf

    Note: Please replace <path to restore PO>, <ip address of server>, <unused port: 1699> with proper paths and configurations. Also, if there are any errors regarding a missing .dc file(s), please copy them in-place from /opt/novell/groupwise/admin/data to the wphost directory of this restored PO.