Migrating from GroupWise?

Are you being compelled to migrate to Microsoft Exchange?  While Advansys’ recommendation is to keep GroupWise and avoid the significant security risks and costs of moving collaboration platforms, when there is no choice other than to move to Exchange, the cost-effective Advansys Migration Pack provides a fast, highly affordable and high quality option.

The Advansys Migration Pack includes Archive To Go and the Advansys PST Creator software, which work together to provide the technical solution, while the bundle pricing makes it even more affordable than purchasing the products separately.  Request a full trial today.

    • Proven technology
    • Fast batch conversion
    • High quality data export

    • High value, low cost
    • Portable archives
    • Creates Outlook PST

Archive To Go supports all GroupWise group and posted message types, including calendar items (appointments, events, notes, tasks), mail, phone, personal address book contacts and document references.  The Advansys PST Creator supports the conversion of Archive To Go supported data into Outlook PST files.

GroupWise versions 7, 8, 2012 and 2014 are supported, see Solution Requirements for details.

The easiest way to identify how the Advansys Migration Pack can benefit your organization is to evaluate the free trial versions of Archive To Go and the Advansys PST Creator or, if your organization qualifies, our full-trial offer.


The Advansys Migration Pack is the combination of Archive To Go and the Advansys PST Creator.  These products work seamlessly together to provide a low cost, high quality migration tool set.  Below you can see the features for both pack products, which is the same information provided from the Archive To Go and Advansys PST Creator product pages.

The core migration functionality is provided by Archive to Go Creator and the Advansys PST Creator working together.  Archive To Go Creator exports the GroupWise mailboxes to a portable archive format, which is then converted to a PST file by Advansys PST Creator.  Both products support batch processing and automation capabilities.

Archive To Go also ships with Archive To Go Viewer, Indexer and Finder.  These can be used in conjunction with the intermediate Archive To Go archives, which are produced during the first step in migrating to PST format, for additional portable snapshots of your GroupWise mailbox data.

Archive To Go Features

Archive To Go is comprised of four (4) components, Archive To Go Creator, Archive To Go Viewer, Archive To Go Finder and Archive To Go Indexer.  Please see below for more information.

Archive To Go Creator

GroupWise mailbox exporter component which creates the archives.

    • Archives independent from GroupWise
    • GroupWise personal archive support
    • Local and Enterprise modes
    • Export automation templates
    • Fast export to updatable archives
    • Rich, faithful content reproduction
    • GroupWise 2018 support
    • Supports all message types
    • Item and folder filtering
    • Inbuilt viewer with search
    • Comprehensive logging
    • Works with PST Creator
Click the heading below to review the Creator features in detail.

Creator Features in Detail

General Operation

  • Simple archive creation Wizard.
  • Updatable archives.
  • Very high speed export process.
  • GroupWise not required after mailbox export.
  • Resume after stop capability.
  • Rich, faithful content reproduction.
  • Export GroupWise accounts to CD, DVD, Hard Disk, Flash Drives, complete with Archive To Go Viewer.
  • Supports all GroupWise group and posted message types:
    • Mail, Phone messages;
    • Calendar items: Appointments, Events, Notes, Tasks;
    • Personal Address Book contacts and groups;
    • Library Document References.
  • Exports message properties.
  • Exports account signatures.
  • Advanced logging:
    • detailed export log;
    • reports shared folder rights and user access list;
    • separate audit log.
  • Supports GroupWise versions 7, 8, 2012, 2014, 2018 (Solution Requirements).
  • XML message export format includes attachments, full HTML support and rich message metadata (Advansys Portable Message).
  • Produces output compatible with the Advansys PST Creator.

Export Selection

  • Single or unattended multiple account export.
  • Export only a user’s GroupWise account, only their personal archive(s) or both.
  • Export Personal Address Book contacts and groups in vCard format.
  • An Archive To Go archive can contain the user’s main account, personal archive(s) and contacts.

Folder Selection

  • Export the entire account or choose which folders to export.
  • Option to include Incoming Shared Folders.
  • Include folders by name matching.
    • ‘Contains’, ‘begins with’ and ‘ends with’ name matching functionality.
    • Works with main GroupWise account and personal archives.
  • Automatically excludes Query folders.
  • Optionally include Newsgroup and RSS folders.
  • Optionally exclude empty folders from appearing in the exported archive.
  • Remembers the folders selected during a previous session for the same account.

Item Selection

  • Restrict export of mailbox and archive items to a specified date range.
  • Include or exclude items marked Private or Hidden.
  • Restrict export to items marked Private or Hidden.
  • Option to save large file attachments external to the message when a size limit is exceeded (default is 50 MB, user-configurable).

GroupWise Access Modes

  • Secure Enterprise Access. Administrators can use Enterprise mode for centralized mailbox export of any user’s account without detection and without knowing the user’s password.
  • Supports GroupWise web administration API (REST) introduced in GroupWise 2014.
  • Local Access enables the export of an account only when the password is known. Can be installed on user’s workstation so that the end-user or delegate can take responsibility for exporting.

Export Automation

  • Export template feature enables the recording and reuse of export settings.
    • Automatically saves current settings to “Auto_Last_Template”.
    • Hands-free’ export automation capability.
  • Start Archive To Go and execute a template via a command line parameter or double-click a template file in Windows File Explorer.
  • Encrypt and password-protect templates.
  • Templates work in Local and Enterprise Modes.
  • Special XML support files enable further automation and monitoring.


  • Admin Wizard tool controls or presets key Archive To Go options.
  • Simplifies administration of multiple Archive To Go users.
  • Creates a configuration file for multi-user distribution.
  • Distributed with an installer separate from Archive To Go.
  • Wizard functions:
    • Modify an existing configuration file.
    • Add an expiry date to limit export period.
    • Include or exclude licensed accounts from export.
    • Hide Auditing Options in Archive To Go Creator.
    • Preset Auditing options.
    • Show/hide Enterprise Access mode option.
    • Notify account owner by email upon export completion.
    • Notify additional users by email upon export completion.
    • Displays GroupWise systems configured for current Windows account.
    • Password protect configuration file to prevent unauthorized modifications.
    • Choose the configuration file save location.

Archive To Go Viewer

GroupWise style message viewer integrated with each archive.

    • Familiar style and easy to use
    • Removes need for GroupWise
    • Integrated quick viewer
    • Message forward and reply
    • High speed search
    • Integrated with archive
Click the heading below to review the Viewer features in detail.

Viewer Features in Detail

  • Familiar GroupWise style viewer:
    • preserves account folder hierarchy
    • includes message quick viewer
    • high-speed search
    • message forward/reply
    • print capabilities.
  • Removes the need for the GroupWise client to access messages.
  • Viewer is included automatically with the creation of each Archive To Go portable archive.
  • Open any Archive To Go archive by browsing local or network locations.
  • Remembers recently viewed archives for quick selection from the File menu or the open archive toolbar icon.
  • Browse or open an archive by passing a location on the command line.
  • Creation of a special INI file enables easy list access to multiple archives.
  • Viewer application can be copied and run from any convenient location.

Archive To Go Finder & Indexer

High speed, full-text search facility integrated with each archive.

    • Lightning fast search
    • Search main account
    • Search personal archives
    • Search contacts
    • Archive user can create index
    • Integrated with Viewer
    • Integrated with archive
    • Easy to use

Advansys PST Creator Features

Advansys PST Creator extends the Archive To Go export format to support Outlook PST files. Please see below for more information.

    • Create PST files for Outlook/Exchange
    • Supports all GroupWise item types
    • HTML, rich text, plain text support
    • Batch processing
    • Filter by date range, folders
    • Easy to use
Click the heading below to review the features in detail.

Features in Detail


  • Easy to use Wizard conversion process.
  • Automated conversion through Archive To Go output folder monitoring.
  • Convert multiple Advansys Archive To Go archives and/or Advansys Portable Message folders in a single session.
  • Save conversion settings and reuse with an XML template file.
  • Create a new or import into an existing Outlook account.
  • Converts Mail, Appointments, Tasks, Notes, Documents and Contacts.
  • Conversion of plain text and HTML formats.
  • Detailed progress reporting.
  • Supports Outlook 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016.


  • Restrict conversion to a specified date range.
  • Convert the entire mailbox archive or choose which folders to export.
  • If no messages match the filter criteria, optionally exclude the (empty) folder from appearing in Outlook.


  • Detailed conversion log.
  • Access to conversion history.

“We have always been very pleased with Archive To Go’s performance and its cost to value ratio. I would not hesitate to recommend the product to any of my business associates. Perhaps one of the most reliable products we have ever implemented here.”

Steven J. Haessler – STRATTEC Corporation

“The best customer support a provider can supply is the support you never have to use. I believe in all the years we used the product, we may have had to contact support once. That’s quality.”

Steven J. Haessler – STRATTEC Corporation

“Thanks for your friendly help and support with Archive to Go 3.1 and 4 Beta. The Archive to Go 4 release is AWESOME! I don’t know how I managed without it and now rely on it. I run it on my cached mailbox and with the sync facility, it runs smooth and fast. Major kudos to all of you.”

Grant Botes – Human Resources professional

“I love your product; easy to use, and the CDs with the archived email test are user-friendly even for individuals who have very little or no experience with technology.”

Lidija Thompson-Ward – Grant MacEwan University

“I really, really do love the product, and I honestly use it every day! I believe it’s a fantastic product, and anyone who supports email should also have Archive To Go. Not only is the product great, but the support is awesome!”

Lidija Thompson-Ward – Grant MacEwan University

“When considering a disaster recovery plan, Archive to Go is, without question, one of the best tools that a company can have to periodically archive staff e-mail messages. We have used it on many occasions to recover from situations where e-mail has been deleted accidentally or maliciously.”

J.R. Harris – Wave Tech., Inc.

“Archive To Go is part of every disaster recovery plan we propose to our clients considering GroupWise Messaging. Their support is exceptional and the product performs just as we need it to. Our sincere thanks to their entire team for making us look good to our clients!”

J.R. Harris – Wave Tech., Inc.

“The software worked perfectly and we could not have completed the conversion project without Advansys Archive to Go and PST Creator. Our customer now has all their historical GroupWise email properly stored in PST files that are easily accessible and searchable via their Outlook client. Thank you Advansys!”

Scott Kunau – Innovative Global Technology Group

“I can honestly say that “Archive To Go” is the ONLY solution I have come across so far that effortlessly does exactly what it says it is going to do!”

Brendan Williams – Terason Pty Ltd

“Most importantly, not only are we satisfied but our departing Members and staff think it is fantastic!”

Louise Hanna – NSW Parliament

“Your product worked well in our conversion process. Feel free to reference me for any recommendations or references to other customers.”

William Taylor – City of Los Angeles

“Nothing short of absolutely brilliant would suffice for my experience with ATG and PST Creator. Elegant, rock-solid, and understandable by mere Ph.D.s (in Psychology no less) are my global reactions to your suite of programs.”

Alan D. Davidson, Ph.D. – Davidson Consulting

“We are to be counted among your greatest fans in all the Americas. Please extend our gratitude to your extraordinary team of world-class professionals. I have never met a finer group in 30+ years of worldwide consulting. I am now and will always be in your debt.”

Alan D. Davidson, Ph.D. – Davidson Consulting

“I’ve been around a few years and take personal recommendations very seriously. The following recommendation is without question one of the best companies I’ve ever worked with.”

Jeff Hayes – GroupWise User

“I searched 3+ years and tried without success multiple companies and software to convert GroupWise archives to a readable format. Novell suggested Advansys which I’m happy to report worked out perfectly. Advansys took my old archive files and returned them to me in a readable format in less than 24 hours. Great Company, Great people, Great Product! I highly recommend!”

Jeff Hayes – GroupWise User

“The Advansys PST Creator worked like a charm. I was able to create PST files from the Archive To Go archives quickly. We needed it for a request from a firm that could only handle PST files.”

Bob – IT Department
Click the heading below to review the Archive To Go system requirements.

Solution Requirements

Archive To Go Creator

  • Novell GroupWise 32-bit Windows Client, Version, 2012 SP1, 2014, 2018. The 6.0.4 and 6.5.6 Update 3 (6.5.7) clients may work successfully with Archive To Go Creator but are not officially supported.  GroupWise 2012 users should use a minimum of SP1 (12.0.1). The latest point release for any major GroupWise release is recommended. GroupWise is required for archive creation only and is not needed to access or search an Archive To Go portable archive.
  • Novell Client for Windows (required for Enterprise Access mode for GroupWise 2012 or lower).
  • Windows 7, 8.1, 10.
  • Microsoft .NET Framework Redistributable, Version 4.0 or above.
  • Windows Installer.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader to access product documentation.

Archive To Go Viewer

  • Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10.
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 or later.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader to access product documentation.

Archive To Go Finder and Indexer

  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 or later.

Obtaining the Adobe Reader

The Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded from: [Click Here]

Click the heading below to review the Advansys PST Creator system requirements.

Solution Requirements

  • Advansys Archive To Go archive(s) or Advansys Portable Message folder(s) as the input data to be converted to Outlook format. For more information, see Archive To Go and Message Saver Pack.
  • Microsoft .NET Framework Redistributable, Version 4.0 or above.
  • Microsoft Outlook® client 2003 or later version.
  • Microsoft Windows 7, 8, 10.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader to access product documentation.

Usage note: When using Advansys PST Creator on a workstation with the GroupWise Client installed (which is not required for PST Creator operation), prevent Outlook using Novell MAPI default settings. There are known MAPI configuration issues when running both the GroupWise client and Outlook on the same workstation. Prior to conversion, to prevent Outlook using Novell MAPI default settings, configure the Outlook client to prompt on startup for the MAPI profile to be used. You can configure this behavior in the Outlook client under Options | Mail Services | Prompt for a profile to be used. On Windows XP or above, you can also set this option by using the Windows Control Panel | Mail | Show Profiles, “When starting Microsoft Outlook, use this profile:” Prompt for a profile to be used. When Outlook starts and prompts you for the profile, select the appropriate one to connect to your Outlook data.

Obtaining the Adobe Reader

The Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded from: [Click Here]

Full Trial Offer

50 or more GroupWise users?

Discover the power of Archive To Go combined with the Advansys PST Creator through a free, fully-functional evaluation offer for the Advansys Migration Pack. Complete the request form for the opportunity to export a mailbox without the trial limit of 10 items per folder. The resulting Archive To Go portable archive and Outlook PST file will be yours to keep indefinitely!
The Advansys Migration Pack includes Archive To Go and the Advansys PST Creator. After download and installation, the software will operate in trial mode, which exports a maximum of ten (10) items per folder. A license may be purchased to enable full export capabilities. If a valid license is already installed, the software will operate according to the licensed type purchased.

The Archive To Go software file download package is encrypted. To install the Archive To Go software, you need the code sent to your registered email address. As an email containing this code is automatically generated after completing the form below, please ensure your email address is valid.  The Advansys PST Creator installer download is not encrypted.

    To access the Archive To Go and Advansys PST Creator installers, please complete the fields below.


    The Advansys Migration Pack, which includes Archive To Go and the Advansys PST Creator, is sold according to the price options shown below. Sold on an organization license basis, price depends on the total number of GroupWise mailboxes requiring migration. With all GroupWise accounts licensed, customers may install and run the Archive To Go and Advansys PST Creator software on as many workstations, separately or concurrently, as required within their organization.

    For site licenses, to find out how to check your GroupWise System User count, click on the GROUPWISE USER COUNT tab above.

      • Add 25% for optional annual maintenance (access to minor releases and email support).
      • For further information, please contact Advansys or an Advansys Partner.

    GroupWise mailbox countPrice (USD)
    Up to 501408
    Up to 1002348
    Up to 2504223
    Up to 5005158
    Up to 10006243
    Up to 25007808
    Over 2500 or special requirementsContact Us
    Optional annual maintenance - ADD25%
    To determine site licensing needs, please refer to the GROUPWISE USER COUNT tab above.

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    For more product details or pricing, please contact Advansys or one of our sales partners.

    GroupWise User Count

    For most purchases Archive To Go and Advansys PST Creator pricing is based on your organization’s total GroupWise user count. Use the GroupWise Administrator Portal for later GroupWise systems (2014/2018 or later), while older versions can use the ConsoleOne approach below.

    Step 1: Important: For each GroupWise Post Office object in your GroupWise System, use ConsoleOne (or stand-alone GWCheck) to run a Mailbox/Library Maintenance with the Audit Report option (see Figure 1 below).  If you skip the GWCheck Audit Report step, the user count reported in the GroupWise System Object Information dialog may not be accurate.

    Figure 1  Run GWCheck with Audit Report option for each Post Office.

    Step 2: Using ConsoleOne, highlight the GroupWise System object.

    Figure 2  ConsoleOne GroupWise System object icon.

    Step 3: Right-mouse click, select Information from the menu.

    Figure 3  GroupWise System object context menu.

    Step 4: The GroupWise System Information dialog will display as shown below in Figure 4. Take a screenshot of the GroupWise System Information dialog and provide it to your Advansys Reseller.

    Figure 4 ConsoleOne GroupWise System Information dialog.


    Advansys Migration Pack Support Advansys provides support via our support forums and email.  For product update and support details, please see the Archive To Go support page and the Advansys PST Creator support page.

    Related Products

    Advansys Archive To Go

    If you need to export a complete or partial GroupWise mailbox to a portable, updatable archive, have a look at Archive To Go. It offers easy mailbox export and updates for all GroupWise messages, documents and personal contacts. Archive To Go and the Advansys Message Saver use the Advansys Portable Message format.

    Advansys PST Creator

    When you need to create Outlook compatible mailboxes or messages from Archive To Go GroupWise archives or Advansys Portable GroupWise Messages, whether it is for a user departing, migration to Exchange or special applications, such as legal discovery, the Advansys PST Creator is the tool to use.

    Advansys Migration Pack

    Are you being compelled to migrate to Microsoft Exchange? While our recommendation is to keep GroupWise and avoid the significant costs of moving collaboration platforms, when there is no choice other than to move to Exchange, the cost-effective Advansys Migration Pack provides a fast, highly affordable and high quality option. The pack includes Archive To Go and the Advansys PST Creator software, which work together to provide the technical solution, while the bundle pricing makes it even more affordable. Request a full trial today.

    Message Saver Pack

    If your users need the ability to export one or more messages selected from within the GroupWise client to the portable Advansys XML file format (FML), have a look at the Advansys Message Saver Pack. Designed to offer special use and project oriented message export capabilities, the Message Saver Pack uses the same portable XML format as Archive To Go.

    Message Viewer

    While the Archive To Go Viewer is specifically designed to view complete Advansys portable archives, Archive To Go FML files can also be opened and viewed using the free Advansys Message Viewer, which is available in the Message Saver Pack installer and separately from http://www.advansyscorp.com/products/extend/fv-solutions/message-viewer/.