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VMS2IEM is a
program that will convert VAX mail folders, which have
been exported as text files, into Microsoft Internet Mail
.MBX mailbox format files. Once imported into Microsoft
Internet Mail, the messages can be easily exported into
Windows Messaging, Microsoft Exchange or Microsoft
This program (version 1.2, 14 Aug 97) converts VAX mail
folder files which have been created by using the VAX mail
Comments and questions about VMS2IEM should be directed
to the author, Paul
Download & Usage
file (25kb), unzip it and extract the Vms2iem.exe file.
You might place it in \Program Files\Accessories. Read the
Before running the program you must set up the
VMS2IEM_VAX_USERNAME environment variable with your VAX
username (use correct case - see note 1), for example:
The default program timezone is +0000 and Daylight
Saving Time (DST) is +0100 with the DST months assumed to
be April through to October.
You can get the program to use your timezone, DST and
DST months by setting the environment variables:
The program can be run with the following parameters:
This is input redirection (you can create a file with a
list of all the VMS mail files by using the DOS command):
- The correct case must be used for the VAX username
when setting the VMS2IEM_VAX_USERNAME environment
variable (i.e. use what appears in the 'From: ' line
in the VAX mail messages that you have sent).
- It is best to move into the directory with the VAX
mail folder files before issuing the DIR command to
create the file for redirection or for running the
- If the directory parameter is not given, the output
file is created in the current directory.
- The output file is created with the extension .MBX
or .MB_ depending on whether a file of that name
already exists. If both files exist, no file is
- The program uses the date found at the end of the
From: line, the 1st line in the mail message. The date
is checked and if a problem is found the program stops
processing the mail file and outputs an error message,
the line number, and displays the problem line. No
output file is created. If there is a problem with the
date, edit the mail file and correct it. There are 2
formats for this date. It can be either:
Also, no trailing whitespace characters are allowed.
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