How do I migrate from GroupWise, when running on NetWare?

​​How do I migrate from GroupWise, when running on NetWare?


Some deployments of GroupWise crash when accessed over SOAP. Specifically there are a lot of problems with GroupWise on NetWare, due to bugs in Novell code.

Note: Only a very small percentage of GroupWise deployments run on NetWare.


When examining the responses to SOAP requests on Netware, the POAs crash and we get:

HTTP/1.0 500 Internal Server Error

Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2012 21:28:09 GMT

Server: NetWare GroupWise POA 7.0.4

Content-Type: text/html

Pragma: no-cache

Note: The "Bad parameter passed to a NCSP function" message is harmless. It actually means that the SOAP​​ endpoint is responding.

​​​​Here is the workaro​​​und for this:

Configure your project to not migrate email (make sure only contacts, calendars and tasks are enabled), and submit for migration.

If successful:

  1. Enable IMAP access. This is similar to enabling SOAP access but for IMAP :
  2. Create another mailbox migration project to migrate only email via IMAP.
    • Specify IMAP as a Source system type.
    • Specify your host name and port number. Typically port 143 without SSL/TLS and 993 with SSL/TLS.
    • We support Trusted Application key authentication both for SOAP and IMAP.
  3. Add the same mailboxes to this new IMAP project. Contact your BitTitan Sales Manager so that they can grant you licenses to cover this 'extra' migration.
  4. Uncheck contacts, calendars and tasks. Make sure only email is enabled.
  5. Submit the mailboxes for email migration.



  • ​If you receive the error "Client found response content type of 'text/html', but expected 'text/xml'. The request failed with an empty response", review the following Knowledge Base article for the potential workaround: KB005920.
  • For step-by-step instructions for performing your migration, refer to the relevant GroupWise migration guide, under Migration Guides/Mailbox Migrations.​​
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