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For Staff

Dear Staff,

Please know that we appreciate the difficulties you’re experiencing with Groupwise and the new network. We appreciate your patience and understanding, but I also understand if it is wearing thin. I would like to offer a few details about what’s happened and what’s coming.

The outage last week and today’s issue were not directly related to network migration. Sometimes hardware malfunctions and that’s what happened on Friday and today. The timing is never good.

We know that many of you are finding the web-based GroupWise difficult to use, but it is still our official communication tool. With recent events, we are going be switching as quickly as we can. Please read on for some information about our switch to Gmail and some ways you can make Groupwise a little more palatable.

Groupwise:
We have increased the time out/log out to 4 hours.
If you created groups in the past, they are still there. With a small change to your address book, you can make use of those. Here’s how to access those along with a few other tips.

Gmail:
And you’re probably wondering why we just don’t switch to Gmail instead of enduring the ups and downs with our current system.

We still quite have a bit of behind-the-scenes work necessary. The email groups that many of you are finding to be incomplete must be built and more.

Finally, I’d like to address some of the concerns about the switch and get you the straight story as we see it right now:

  • We will transfer email for all staff. Now, we won’t be transferring all of your email, but we will communicate with you about how much we’ll be transferring.
  • There a number of ways you can move, archive, or save emails you’d like to retain.
  • This transfer would include cabinet folders.
  • The address lists we maintain now will move into the new system.
  • Your contacts will transfer and/or we’ll assist you.
  • Calendars are transferable.

Thanks to all of you for patience, assistance, and yes, even letting us know when things weren’t working. That helps too.

Kim

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