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GroupWise: Novell Data Synchronizer Mobility Pack 1.1.2 Ships!

Dean Lythgoe

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June 3, 2011 2:33 pm

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Novell has released the latest update for Novell Data Synchronizer Mobility Pack. It is version 1.1.2. It is now available for immediate download….

We have delivered two updates since the Chinnook release in March. Each of these releases has focused specifically on customer reported issues, increased stability, support for upcoming releases of Novell Vibe OnPrem (Evergreen), Novell GroupWise Ascot and the Novell Vibe OnPrem Connector. We also continue to improve the administration, trouble shooting and monitoring aspects of the Mobility Pack.

Highlights

  • New and Improved Storage Layer
  • Security Fixes
  • Send Mail – Honors size limits
  • Test Drive HTML Messages for iOS devices Note: Disabled by default
  • Improved Attachment Retention and Cleanup
  • Improved Duplicate Item Checking
  • Improved Sync Process
  • Reply/Forward Indicator Support
  • Calendar Sync Improvements

FYI: This is build 428.

Here is a link to the readme, and the list of issues that were resolved since March. We are very satisfied with the progress of the Mobility Pack and believe that these updates provide a solid foundation for delivering more enhancements and features. The next major release of the Mobility Pack is code named Delaware. It will be that release that will contain support for HTML email. As previously posted, “next major update of the Mobility Pack is still on schedule and will release in the coming months – I will say during Q3.”

There are multiple ways to get the latest update. See this previous blog post for those details.

Please update and let us know how it goes!
Dean

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18 Comments

  1. By:tdebeer

    HI,

    Is it just me or did the update broke the Webpage, when trying to login the mobility server tell’s me the page is not available ….

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  2. By:PVerberne

    Since GW 8.0.2 and Novell Data Synchronizer Mobility Pack still seem to have some problems, can you give me an indication when we can expect GW 8.0.3 (and/or a fix for those problems as mentioned in the readme)?

    Paddy

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  3. By:Pstrauss

    Running build 428 against NW6.5-SP8 / GW8.02HP2
    All looks OK.

    I would love to see the Columns Sorted for easy finding the correct “subject”
    This was share 6 months ago…
    I screenshot is available :-)

    Kindest Phillip

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  4. By:patrickb

    I understand that the 1.1.2 security patch is not available via the channel because it is not in RPM form. When do ALL future updates plan to be available via the channel?

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    • By:dlythgoe

      There are a couple of ways to get the this update and all updates.

      When you update the Mobility Pack software from the Novell Customer Center, you automatically obtain the software through the Novell Update channel. This is a convenient way to receive regular updates.

      I think this is the Channel you are referring to??? See one of the previous blog posts for instructions on how to get it. Although this patch is not specifically a ‘Security Patch’…all patches can be downloaded automatically and regularly.

      Is there another Channel you want this through???

      Dean

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      • By:patrickb

        This is what I’ve observed and learned from the GroupWise Advantage Support Engineer we work with.

        Updates (including 1.1.1 and 1.1.2) to Data Sync Mobility Pack can be applied via zypper (per TID 7007012). However, I have been trying to determine (SR 10704091292) if Mobility Pack can be updated via YaST Online Update. My experience tells me they are not available via YaST Online Update (YOU).

        In addition, it is my understanding that the 1.1.1 and 1.1.2 Security Patches (as referenced in TID 7008690) are not available via zypper or YaST Online Update (“the channel”) because they are not in RPM form and thus cannot be deployed via the channel (NCC with zypper or YaST Online Update).

        Can you confirm or deny? It seems to me like all Data Sync updates (regardless of their type) should be delivered via the NCC channel and could be installed via zypper or YOU.

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      • By:dlythgoe

        Patrick,

        You are right….these patches are not available yet through YaST Online Update. It does require us to change a few things in our build process.

        We do plan to do this and in the future you should expect patch RPMs.

        Thanks for pursuing this…it allowed me to do some follow up.

        Dean

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      • By:dlythgoe

        Mukesh investigated a bit more on this and has updated the TID. It is not a complete/perfect solution yet, but at least you have accurate and up-to-date information on what we have so far.

        Check out this TID:

        http://www.novell.com/support/php/search.do?cmd=displayKC&docType=kc&externalId=7007012&sliceId=2&docTypeID=DT_TID_1_1&dialogID=119796414&stateId=0

        Dean

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  5. By:jcrawfor

    I am running 428 with the security patch against GW 8.0.2. This update has introduced an unchangeable attachment limit of 500k and it is driving both me and my users nuts!

    The issue is outlined in TID 7008812:
    http://www.novell.com/support/search.do?usemicrosite=true&searchString=7008812

    The admin UI shows the proper setting (in our case 10MB) as well as 10000 in /opt/novell/datasync/syncengine/connectors/mobility/factory/connector.xml and /opt/novell/datasync/syncengine/connectors/groupwise/factory/connector.xml.

    Is this going to be fixed soon or is there a way to roll back?

    Thanks in advance,
    Jeff Crawford

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    • By:dlythgoe

      Jeff,

      Engineering is still looking at this issue. We have taken a couple of fixes, but so far customers are still seeing and reporting it.

      We will continue to monitor and I will post back out with additional details as soon as I have them.

      Dean

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  6. By:Pstrauss

    Just sharing :-)
    After security updates we had some Mobile devices not connecting.
    This was solved by removing Proxy-settings from Cell phone > Connections > MTN-gprs in South Africa. Strange that some Cell phones settings had “Proxy” and some not – only on Nokia (iPhone and HTC were fine)

    Trust this will help someone…
    Kindest from South Africa

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  7. By:lcaputi

    I haven’t seen too much information lately on if/when the Mobility solution will be available on the Windows platform. Is there any news on this?

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    • By:dlythgoe

      Great question….

      This has not been top of mind for us and therefore has not been a priority. We have been prioritizing so many other things ahead of this that we have not come back around to considering expanding our platform support matrix.

      This is something we are still looking at, but it is certainly a bit longer term. This is not part of our next set of objectives nor is it part of the next major release of Mobility.

      We are interested in additional thoughts and feedback on this! How important is expanding our platform support and what are all of the platforms you think we should consider?

      Dean

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  8. By:mehlers

    Dear,

    can you tell us, when the following error will be fixed:
    EXCEPTION: ********************
    EXCEPTION: Traceback (most recent call last):
    EXCEPTION: File “syncengine/connectors/groupwise/lib/gwconnectorlogic.py”, line 865, in itemHandler
    EXCEPTION: UnicodeEncodeError: ‘ascii’ codec can’t encode character u’\xfc’ in position 26: ordinal not in range(128)
    EXCEPTION: ********************

    Mail not pushed an trouble sync calendar items.

    Thank you

    Regards
    Martin

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  9. By:roo7

    Are there any upcoming security features?

    I already can do password enforcement but I’m still missing the ability to enforce local device encryption on the endpoint e.g. iPhone/iPad or some Android devices so I will know that my data at rest is still protected by a minimum level of security even when its outside the company building.

    I’d also like to be able to nail down synchronisation to “registered” devices, meaning using an other device than the one regitered won’t let you synchronise your data even by using the same credentials.

    Thanks in advance

    Tom

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    • By:dlythgoe

      Hi Tom,

      Security on your mobile device is very important and we know that there is a lot more we can do in this area. The Mobility Pack did just release version 1.2 on August 5th. See blog from Alex Evans…

      http://www.novell.com/communities/node/13194/mobility-pack-12-ships-updated-scalability-recommendations

      However, the security features you are asking about are not available yet. We are looking at MDM solutions and will further improve our security capability in future releases of the product. The next release of Mobility is schedule for early Q4 and includes support for Tasks and IOS5.

      Dean

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