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CONNECTIVITY: Novell released GroupWise Service Pack and GroupWise Mobile Server
Posted by Arne Hess - on Friday, 23.06.06 - 19:02:45 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 10392x
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Hm, when I've started to work, back in the 90's, Novell's GroupWise was widely used in companies for E-Mail and also I've started with GroupWise. However, I'm not sure how many companies still use GroupWise as their favorite E-Mail system. But if your company is using GroupWise but you are also planning to use Windows Mobile, you might be happy to hear that GroupWise also supports Windows Mobile now, as well as many other mobile platforms. With Novell's release of GroupWise 7 SP1 which provides the foundation for deploying GroupWise Mobile Server, powered by Intellisync, which is also now available - E-Mails, appointments, contacts, tasks and notes can be synchronized securely between GroupWise and hundreds of mobile devices running on operating systems as diverse as Palm OS, Symbian, SyncML, Windows Mobile Pocket PC, Windows Mobile Smartphone and BREW.

"We've been looking for a way to meet our clients' wireless handheld needs for years," said Wesley Wingfield, director of network and user services at the Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City, Mo. "After repeated attempts with third-party, half-baked offerings, GroupWise Mobile Server from Novell is by far the best solution we've seen, and it works great."

GroupWise 7 Service Pack 1 is available for download at support.novell.com to customers with current maintenance or upgrade protection. GroupWise Mobile Server is available at no additional cost to GroupWise customers with current maintenance or upgrade protection and requires GroupWise 7 SP1. A 90-day evaluation copy of GroupWise Mobile Server can be downloaded at download.novell.com.

Cheers ~ Arne


 
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Posted by dcperspective on 24.06.06 - 00:42:23

Groupwise is still a very popular product- right there with notes as the second enterprise system.  Groupwise 7 w/ the outlook connector , the Mac version, the Linux versionand now the mobile components is a pretty robust solution. I've got a couple of dozen netorks using it only with outlook clients- they don't even know it's groupwise on the back end:-)

Posted by Arne Hess on 26.06.06 - 11:15:46

Hi, thanks for your feedback! Didn't knew that GroupWise is still that popular in the backend and works so good with Outlook as the frontend. Good to know. smile
Since it looks like you have a good GroupWise knowledge, can you let us know if the new GroupWise Mobile Server also supports a kind of push E-Mail, similar to the Microsoft MSFP or BlackBerry? This would be interesting to know for me, maybe for others as well.

Again, thanks for your feedback.

Posted by dcperspective on 28.06.06 - 03:12:54

Cheers to you also Arne

We actually just installed SP1 on our operational systems- will be able to update you in a few on the mobile devices.  The web interface and clients(Outlook, Groupwise, GW Linux, and GW Mac) are rock solid after the upgrade.  Have not connected to the mobile server aspect yet.  We've got palms, q's, and a couple of blackberrys and a boatload of over enthsiastic engineers with new phones so it will be a good test.

PS- I'm not that lazy to register :-)

Posted by dcperspective on 30.06.06 - 03:05:55

Update on Groupwise Mobile-

Pretty DAMN Tight. 

Once server is installed (runs on windows server and IIS BTW (this is what intellsynce devloped it on- Not that Novell's got it's hands on it Linux and netware versions in the works)

Installed 8 Motorolla Q's, a Palm 600, a palm 650, a Palm 700m and a Palm 700p.

Incredibly simple- you log into the web interface- you identify your device and what you want synced wirelessly (this includes all of groupwise calendar, address books, and mail folders), and you pick how often you want t synced (time fram - real time- 5 min, 10 min etc......

The server sends your configuration link- you hit the link on the phone and she simply starts syncing.  Amazing Product.

As for Blackberry- currently not on da list- looked into it though and the blackberry groupwise enteprise server (what a mouthful) is a seperate Groupwise product partner but has bbeen working fine at the locations we have it installed. 

It does run parallel to mobile services so a fully mixed handheld environment w/ Blackberries are'nt an issue at all.

Overall quite impressive.

BTW- one other thing- did you know that the web interface for groupwise has ALL the capailities of the Windows, Mac, or Linux client AND is java enaled to deal with any web interface- EVERY phone I've handled- well beyond out phones on the list above- with data services enabled I have been able to authenticate anduse the web interface on. 


Groupwise 7 is going to make some serious waves in the next few years.

Posted by rewired on 09.07.06 - 02:00:32

dc perspective -

you mentioned that blackberry server and gwmobile run parallel at some of your install sites. Can they run on the same server or do the two platforms require a seperate server installation?

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