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    I am looking for a way to use NDS published applets while detached from the network. I can use Local Applets, but I want to push out applets through the NDS function.

    I looked through all the documentation, but I do not see any reference.


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    Support 1a

    Do you mean you wish to be able to push applets out to users who are disconnected from the network, or do you want GroupWise Remote users to be able to access eDirectory applets?

    GroupWise Remote users are able to access to eDirectory applets stored in the local cache while disconnected from the network, assuming a) they have at some point connected to the network in order to receive the applets, and b), there eDirectory configuration allows them to operate in Remote Mode. From the Administrators Guide in the section discussing the Configuration object:

    “Update applet cache on client startup

    In Formativ 1.0 this setting was called ‘Reload shared applets on GroupWise client startup’. When this option is enabled, the user’s subscribed eDirectory Formativ applet libraries are always accessed on client startup to ensure that the Formativ workstation’s local applet cache, located under the c:program filesadvansysformativmirror folder, is always up to date. This procedure ensures that the Formativ user is always running the latest applet version stored in eDirectory. The update process varies according to the ‘Enable intelligent applet caching’ setting (see below). To maintain a local, fast access eDirectory applet ‘mirror’, this setting should be enabled for most environments.

    Enable intelligent applet caching

    In Formativ 1.0, this setting was called ‘Enabled when using GroupWise Remote’. In Formativ 1.5, the operation of this feature has been enhanced to work in conjunction with the ‘Update applet cache on client startup’, which must be enabled for the intelligent caching option to work. As in Formativ 1.0, enabling this option prevents the local workstation applet cache from being cleared when you exit the GroupWise client. Intelligent applet caching, introduced in Formativ 1.5, works by the Formativ client interrogating a Formativ library applet UTC ‘timestamp’, which is set when the applet is published to eDirectory by Formativ Admin 1.5 or Formativ Developer 1.5 (you must extend the schema using the Formativ 1.5 Schema Wizard to use this feature). This means that an applet will only be downloaded from eDirectory if the applet stored in the local workstation cache has a timestamp which is older than the library applet’s timestamp. The result is minimum traffic over the network and fast GroupWise client startup, without sacrificing the benefits of centralized distribution and management via eDirectory. If you wish to use eDirectory Formativ applet libraries with GroupWise Remote, the ‘Enable intelligent applet caching’ option must be enabled.”

    If you want remote users to receive eDirectory applets, but these users rarely connect to the network using the Netware Client, your only option is to use LDAP. Using LDAP, users can access Formativ libraries without the need for a fulltime network connection. See the Administrators Guide for more information.

    I hope this helps. If I have missed the point of your question, please let me know.

    Advansys Support


    OK, I went through all my settings and the Applets do not show up when I go into GW Remote. I did a little investigation. Here is what I found:

    1. I went to the Formativ Config obejct int the tree. It is set for Update Applets on Startup and Enable Intelligent Caching as you suggest.

    2. I went the the control panel on the laptop and set the same things. I have posted my local setting below.

    3. I opened up GW and the applets copied down to the mirror directory under a GUID-named sub-directory. Everything works fine.

    4. I restart my machine a pull the network cable.

    5. I use the netware client and login into the machine using “workstation only”.

    6. I open up explorer and look at the mirror/GUID named sub-directory. All the applets are there.

    7. I leave explorer open and start GW. As soon as the “Advansys” logo pops up in the GW splash screen, explorer reports that the GUIS-named sub-directory under mirror is no longer available — it is gone.

    What am I missing? It seems that if Formativ cannot see a tree (either NDS or LDAP) then is clears out the cache.

    Here is the setting on my laptop:

    Operating System:

    Windows 2000

    Internet Explorer


    Cache File System:


    Current User Configuration:

    Location of Files

    Data: C:Program FilesAdvansysFormativData
    Local applets: C:Program FilesAdvansysFormativLocal
    Encoded output: C:Program FilesAdvansysFormativEncoded
    Flexalock output: C:Program FilesAdvansysFormativFlexalock
    Applet Config: C:PROGRA~1ADVANSYSFORMATIVapplet_cfg
    Applet Help: C:PROGRA~1ADVANSYSFORMATIVapplet_hlp
    Applet Images: C:PROGRA~1ADVANSYSFORMATIVapplet_img
    Library Backup: C:Program FilesAdvansysFormativData

    Client Options

    Portal Folder Enabled: TRUE
    Portal Folder Deleted Last Session: FALSE
    Portal Folder Name: Formativ Portals
    Display Library Exceptions on startup: TRUE
    Library Exceptions Countdown: FALSE
    Redirect Associations: TRUE
    Menu Caption: A&pplets
    Mode: 223
    Formativ is enabled
    Applet creation is allowed
    Client integrations are enabled
    Formativ menu is enabled
    Favorites menu is enabled
    Applet recording is not allowed
    Enable intelligent applet caching
    Update applet cache on client startup
    eDirectory Administered: TRUE
    Current Line: 1
    Debug Mode: FALSE
    Exception Dialog: TRUE
    Include Groups in Discovery: TRUE
    List Width: 352
    Max Traversal: 10
    Window Height: 625
    Window Left: 266
    Window State: 0
    Window Top: 153
    Window Width: 874
    Word Limit: 1
    Word Limit Count: 2


    Order: 1
    Override: 0

    LDAP Settings

    Port: 389
    Port SSL: 636
    Default Port: 389
    Default Port SSL: 636
    Use SSL: FALSE
    Server Requires Logon: FALSE
    Attempt Authentication: TRUE

    Library Integration Exceptions:

    Formativ File Version Information:

    Advansys Formativ (VBSSAFE.EXE) 1.5 17/09/2002 09:06:40 pm
    Advansys Formativ Tray Interface (FORMATIV.EXE) 1.5 17/09/2002 09:06:24 pm
    Advansys Formativ Registration Utility (FRMRMG10.EXE) 1.5 17/09/2002 09:05:44 pm
    Advansys Formativ Runtime (FORMATIV.DLL) 1.5 08/10/2002 02:34:06 pm
    Advansys Formativ Control Panel Applet (FORMATIV.CPL) 1.5 17/09/2002 09:04:46 pm
    Advansys Formativ Command Blocker (TOKENBLOCKER.DLL) 1.5 17/09/2002 09:06:06 pm
    Advansys Formativ Portal Manager Resources (HTMLRES.DLL) 1.5 13/09/2002 03:00:04 pm
    Advansys Formativ Interface Loader (UILOAD.DLL) 1.5 13/09/2002 12:27:02 pm
    Advansys Formativ Resource Manager Loader (FIXLDR32.DLL) 1.5 13/09/2002 11:53:26 am
    Advansys Formativ Resource Manager for WIN32 (FIXTLS32.DLL) 1.5 13/09/2002 11:53:08 am
    Advansys Formativ Resource Manager for Windows 95/98 (FIXTLS9X.DLL) 1.5 13/09/2002 11:52:56 am
    Advansys Formativ Resource Manager for Windows NT (FIXTLSNT.DLL) 1.5 13/09/2002 11:52:38 am

    LDAP File Version Information:

    Novell LDAP C Library (LDAPSDK.DLL) 2.1.0 2.1.0 15/08/2001 05:01:46 pm
    Novell LDAP Extension APIs (LDAPX.DLL) 2.1.0 2.1.0 15/08/2001 05:04:10 pm
    Novell LDAP SSL Library (LDAPSSL.DLL) 2.1.0 2.1.0 15/08/2001 05:03:34 pm

    GroupWise File Version Information:

    Novell GroupWise 32-bit Windows Client (GRPWISE.EXE) 6.0.1 6.0.1 30/10/2001 03:18:16 am
    Novell GroupWise C3PO Manager (GWDT31.DLL) 6.0.1 6.0.1 31/10/2001 05:18:54 am
    Novell GroupWise 5 Address Book (ADDRBOOK.EXE) 29/10/2001 08:39:48 am
    Novell GroupWise 5 Address Book (GWABU1.DLL) 31/10/2001 05:18:50 am
    Novell GroupWise Object Library (GWCMA1.DLL) 6.0.1 6.0.1 31/10/2001 05:18:52 am
    GroupWise Win32 Client Import Module (GWIMPEXE.EXE) 5.5 1.0 25/10/2001 09:57:16 am
    GroupWise ‘Hit the Road’ setup (HTRSETUP.EXE) 1, 0, 0, 1 1, 0, 0, 1 25/10/2001 10:44:46 am
    GroupWise Attachments ActiveX Control Module (GWATT1.OCX) 1, 0, 0, 1 1, 0, 0, 1 31/10/2001 05:19:06 am
    GroupWise Notify (NOTIFY.EXE) 6.0.1 6.0.1 25/10/2001 10:05:08 am
    Novell GroupWise Admin API (GWCMB1.DLL) 6.0.1 6.0.1 31/10/2001 05:18:54 am

    GroupWise Interface Language:

    Language: US

    GroupWise Address Books:

    AB Modal From Toolbar: No
    Default Address Book: AB.4E6F76656C6C47576162703139393500.Novell GroupWise Address Book
    Delimiter Characters: ,;
    Display Name Format: L, F
    Name Search Mode: No

    Third Party Handlers

    Advansys Formativ Command Blocker (TOKENBLOCKER.DLL) 1.5 17/09/2002 09:06:06 pm

    GroupWise C3PO Entries:



    Support 1a

    We will attempt to reproduce this. I reply will be posted here shortly.

    Advansys Support

    Support 1a

    I was able to reproduce this behavior. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

    I have posted a Formativ Runtime Field Test File (FTF) to the following location:

    Formativ Runtime Field Test File

    It would be greatly appreciated if you could download this file and copy it over your existing version. (You will find the existing file in C:Program FilesAdvansysFormativ). Start GroupWise connected to your network to ensure the cache is updated. Disconnect as per your earlier test and see if the cache is maintained.

    We look forward to hearing the results of your test. Once again, thankyou for bringing this issue to our attention.

    Advansys Support


    I loaded the Formativ Field Test file and it solved the problem. Thanks.

    One question, how do I include this fix in the setup file? Is it going to be released as a self-extracting install like the formativruntime.exe?

    Also, does this version fix the GW notify issue?


    Support 1a

    Thank you for your feedback. This update will be rolled into the main installation program very shortly, and should be available to download in a week or so. The update will include the fix to the notify startup issue. Keep an eye on the Formativ support page.

    Advansys Support

    Support 1a

    This has been fixed in Formativ 1.5.8, available from the downloads page.

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