UCT GroupWise Access

As discussed on CLUG, you can access GroupWise via:

The Web

Browse to https://uctgwacc.uct.ac.za/gw/webacc


  • User: your network user name
  • Password: your network password

  • IMAP Server: uctgwia.uct.ac.za

  • IMAP Port: 143 (or 993 for SSL)
  • IMAP TLS/SSL must be on.

  • Outgoing server: uctgwia.uct.ac.za

  • Outgoing port: 25
  • Outgoing TLS recommended (no SSL)


  • Type: GroupWise
  • User: your network username
  • Password: your network password
  • Address (students): studp1.uct.ac.za
  • Address (staff): ngwnameserver.uct.ac.za
  • Encryption: SSL

GroupWise Linux Client

  • User: your network username
  • Password: your network password
  • Mode: Online
  • Address (students): studp1.uct.ac.za
  • Address (staff): ngwnameserver.uct.ac.za
  • Port: 1677

You can download a version of the GroupWise Client from LEG (TGZ and alien DEB). See also this ICTS page on the subject of Groupwise on Linux.

Forward your mail elsewhere

  • Use the web client (or desktop client), and look for “Rules” under Options. (The desktop client will allow you to create more powerful rules)
  • Add a rule to forward to your other e-mail address, unless the subject is “delivery failure” (you don’t want loops)
  • Save it.



I managed to get evolution working, and can access my mail without any problems. I have not tried much else, as I am working on a ancient Toshiba. I simply used the Groupwise settings, and it worked (at least for the staff server)


Updated the page to reflect this.

Evolution for students.

I’m a student. I used the IMAP settings to set up an account for Evolution and it works fine for sending and receiving mail.

Re: Evolution for students

Yes, so do I.

I was talking about Evolution talking to Groupwise via SOAP (a la groupwise client)

Evolution doesn't handle the calendar

Thanks for all the comments on this page, using them I got Evolution to log into the Groupwise mail.

I found that Evolution does not link its calandar to the Groupwise calandar so have installed the Novell linux client. I am using Ubuntu so the install from the ICTS website did not work for me. I got the rpm file from the Novell website (120 Mb = the 60 Mb file on the ICTS website + 50 Mb client rpm file + 10 Mb management tool) and used Alien to convert it to a .deb (nb I included scripts in the conversion by specifying the -c option) then installed using dpkg.

It worked and is running (TCP/IP address: studp1.uct.ac.za and port: 1677) best of all it has correctly accessed the information stored in my calendar. Presume that the rpm file could be cached locally somewhere to save people time whilst downloading.


I’ve updated the page to include this information.

Can you upload the RPM/DEBs to ftp://ftp.leg.uct.ac.za/incoming/ so that we can make them available?


I have uploaded 3 files to ftp://ftp.leg.uct.ac.za/incoming/:

gw701clnxm(2).tgz - the file downloaded from Novell

novell-groupwise-gwclient_7.0.1-20060614_i386.deb - the groupwise client that I made on and am running on my Ubuntu Feisty machine

novell-groupwise-gwcheck_7.0.1-20060614_i386.deb - another program bundled in the .tgz file that seems to give some debugging tools for the groupwise mail. I converted it to a .deb but have not installed it.


What has happened to these

What has happened to these files? They are no longer on /incoming, and I cannot find them anywhere on ftp.leg.uct.ac.za/pub/linux/ubuntu

Here they are

/incoming/ is a write-only area on ftp servers.

As advertised in the main body of the article, they are available here

GW server

Evolution appears to not be working in groupwise mode.

I logged a call with ICTS where the tech told me ngwnameserver has been discontinued and that I should use the IMAP settings, despite my objections that I need the calender and stuff - to this I was told to use the webaccess, which fails. The tech then told me to sort the problem out myself as he didn’t know evolution and closed the call…

Anyone have any ideas on how to fix this?


For KMail it’s best to use disconnected IMAP - works like a charm!

ah yes

Silly me , had my firewall configured wrong. That’s what stopped me getting my e-mail in KMail via disconnected IMAP. Just so no-one else (if anyone would) falls prey to this silly mistake.

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