We released, last week, at the close of the Salt Lake City BrainShare event, a Technical Preview of our Novell Data Synchronizer Mobility Pack technology. We really wanted to get this product in our customer’s hands as soon as possible.
It is a Technical Preview. What does that mean? Well – it means that the product has not passed all of our BETA release criteria, but we believe it has made enough progress and demonstrated enough reliability and scalability for us to let our customers and partners begin to kick the tires. I refer you to a blog by Alex Evans for some details.
A few data points:
• The Technical Preview is not intended for production environments
• Support will not be provided for production environments
• 64-bit platforms are required – currently only runs on SLES 11 64-bit
• We want/need your feedback, but we may not respond to every post or inquiry
• The Technical Preview requires GroupWise 8.0.1 HP1 Agents running
• Required to have a license for SLES11 in order to run it.
• You have to have current maintenance in order to download 8.0.1 HP1
• Requires 200 GB of disk space
200 GB Requirement. Some background and information may be useful as you consider what is best for this Technical Preview. We have specified this requirement to help communicate needs for a typical system. Some of you may be running/testing in a much different configuration. As I discussed this with Nadeem, he indicated that if you were only testing say 10 users on the system and your logs were either cleaned up daily or limited to just basic log information, that 20 GB of disk space would probably be sufficient. As you increase the number of users and do more verbose logging for troubleshooting and diagnostics, this disk space requirement will grow.
The Datasync software takes up to 45MB of disk space. The postgres database grows with the number of users & events. The cache retention policy can be configured using the webadmin interface to limit the size of cached items. Also the disk is used to save the attachment files with items. It also grows if there are lots of attachments with the items. Majority of the disk space is used up by the log files. You can control the logging levels in the webamin interface. If you have limited disk space, you can clean up the log files via cron job on an hourly basis.
SLES 11 License. This has been a frequently asked question. In general, you must have a valid license of SLES 11 in order to run this technology preview as well as when the product actually ships. This license entitlement is not currently part of any GroupWise buying program – including NOWS.
There is really only one way, currently, to get a license. You must purchase it. We are exploring a few alternatives, but nothing to announce or discuss just yet.
In addition, there are some who may believe that their OES license gives them rights to use SLES 11 for DataSync. As far as I can confirm with Product Management, this is not true. Mobility is not a workload that qualifies as an OES workload and therefore is not covered by the OES license. Sorry.
We encourage you to please read and participate in the forums to share your experiences and information with other participants as well as Novell.
Danita has already posted some very good information:
One area that we would really like to solicit your input and feedback is on helping us determine the extent of functionality on as many devices as possible. We estimate that there are probably about 400 different devices that this technology could effectively work on. We will be testing more on a ‘platform’ basis than a specific device level.
The platforms we will support and test include: Apple, Android, Symbian, Windows Mobile, Palm, etc. However, there are dozens of devices available for each of these platforms and each of them ‘could’ work slightly differently depending up on the device manufacture’s desires. We need your help in completing our ever expanding device matrix.
I refer you to a previous blog . that specifies, in more detail, our device support matrix. Please take the time to run through a few basic tests on your device as you explore the Technical Preview. Report your results in this WIKI so that the entire community will benefit from your testing and experience.
I remind you that we will not be listing every single device that supports the ActiveSync protocol. We will list platforms, then a set of specific devices we have in-house and have validated/certified. We will then provide some general information that allows each of you to determine if the device ‘should’ work. We encourage you to report your results and share your testing experience.
This will help us concentrate our efforts on getting as many devices tested and supported as possible and allow our community to participate in this process.
The wiki contains a list of actions and functionality that you can help validate.