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GroupWise: Novell Data Synchronizer Mobility Pack – Update 3

Dean Lythgoe

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February 4, 2011 11:02 am

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Today Novell released the third update to the ActiveSync Mobility Solution for GroupWise.

Check out the list of issues that were resolved in this update and the new features. The next drop will be ‘Chinook’ which will be pretty much what you see here. Chinook will release later this month.

If you update from the Novell Customer Center, you can subscribe to receive future updates through the Novell Update channel. Or, if you update from the Novell Download Web site, you must periodically check for future updates.

Updating from the Novell Customer Center

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.

  1. Log in to the Novell Customer Center.
  2. (Conditional) If you have not already done so, obtain the product registration code for the Data Synchronizer Mobility Pack and register to receive Mobility Pack updates.

    Data Synchronizer Mobility Pack Update 3 is then delivered through the Novell Update channel to your Synchronizer server.

  3. Apply Data Synchronizer Mobility Pack Update 3 to the Synchronizer server:
    zypper up -r nu_novell_com:Mobility-1.0-Updates
    	
  4. Run the Update script to update the Synchronizer database (datasync) and the Mobility database (mobility) for use with the updated software:
    /opt/novell/datasync/update.sh
    	
  5. Restart the Synchronizer services.
  6. Verify that Update 3 has been applied:
    cat /opt/novell/datasync/version
    	

Updating from the Novell Downloads Web Site

When you update the Mobility Pack software from the Novell Downloads Web site, you manually download and install the software whenever you choose.

  1. Download the Novell Data Synchronizer Mobility Pack Update 3 ISO file from Novell Downloads to a convenient temporary directory on the Synchronizer server.

    IMPORTANT:The Mobility Pack Update 3 software is located on the Patches list, not the Products list.

  2. Use YaST to update the Mobility Pack repository from the new ISO file:
    1. Under Groups, click Software, then click Patch CD Update.
    2. Follow the prompts to install the updated software from the ISO file.
  3. Run the Update script to update the Synchronizer database (datasync) and the Mobility database (mobility) for use with the updated software:
    /opt/novell/datasync/update.sh
    	
  4. Restart the Synchronizer services.
  5. Verify that Update 3 has been applied:
    cat /opt/novell/datasync/version
    	

    The version number in the version file should match the version number in the filename of the ISO from which you installed Update 3. For convenience, this version number is also displayed in Synchronizer Web Admin.

  6. Check the Novell Downloads Web site periodically for updates.

New Features

  • Device Security Policy: As an administrator, you can control several aspects of the behavior of mobile devices that connect to your Synchronizer system. By establishing a security policy for the passwords that users set on their mobile devices, you help prevent unauthorized access to your Synchronizer system from lost or misplaced devices.
  • Improved SSL Security: By default, the Mobility Connector accepts connections from mobile devices that use SSLv3 and TLSv1, but now rejects connections from mobile devices that use SSLv2. If a user’s mobile device tries to connect using SSLv2, the user receives an error and cannot connect.
  • Folder Selection: By default, all GroupWise folders are synchronized to your mobile device, although the contents of the folders are not synchronized until you open each folder on your mobile device. You can now deselect any folders that you do not want to synchronize to your mobile device.
  • Improved Attachment Handling: If an attachment exceeds the administrator-defined size limit, a text attachment notifies you of the size limit that prevented the synchronization of the original attachment. On devices that support Smart Forward, if you forward an item that has an attachment the exceeded the size limit for synchronization, the original attachment is included with the forwarded version of the item.
  • Improved Session Handling: Session caching provides faster synchronization. Authentication occurs regularly every 15 minutes, and credentials are cached to provide an immediate response to each synchronization request.

Bug Fixes

There are also around 60 noteworthy defects that were resolved in this update. The main focus being stability and reliabiliy in the feature sets previously delivered. We are getting more and more defects resolved that are device specific.

For a complete list – see the readme….

Here is a few highlights:

  • Fax Numbers were not always syncing to the device
  • Posted calendar items marked ‘Private’ did not always sync to the device
  • Sub calendar created after the initial sync did not sync as individual calendar
  • After ‘Resync Device’, all contacts deleted from Windows Mobile Devices
  • Birthday set on some mobile devices appeared 1 day earlier in GroupWise
  • Droid 2 device can fail sync of items older than 3 days when sync ‘all’ is selected

Update 3 is ‘Build 290′ for your reference.

As QA bakes the final changes for Chinook, the engineers are moving on with the tasks and assignments for the next release – code named ‘Delaware’. Delaware will bring HTML support to the table. This requires us to begin support for the next version of ActiveSync. That version is 12.x. This version of the protocol provides support for device management features and HTML upgrades. Users will be able to view HTML body messages on the device.

Delaware is officially scheduled to release by the end of Q2 2011. However, as you have already become accustomed to, we will be releasing updates all along the way and new capabilities as we go.

Dean

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3 Comments

  1. By:jmarton

    Hey Dean, love all the new features in Update 3. The product is really progressing nicely! Just curious, do you guys have a list of devices or at least platforms which support the “Smart Forward” feature? It sounds really handy!

    Joe

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  2. By:duffinmi

    I wish this product would have been available 1 year sooner. UVU administration made the decision to move totally away from Novell because of the lack of a native way to sync to the iPhone and other mobile devices. I have to say I am not looking forward to losing the great features in GroupWise. I dread moving to Exchange/Outlook and Microsoft Active Directory.

    Mike Duffin
    Director of Automation and Integration Services
    Utah Valley University

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  3. By:ninfo

    This update has finally fixed all problems we had with android phones.

    Great news! We were a bit disapointed about the situation.
    Thx.

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