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The more things change . . . .

In 2010, Novell released a product with a name that didn’t exactly roll off of the tongue.  The Novell Data Synchronizer Mobility Pack was part of a larger Data Synchronizer suite offered by Novell.  But despite the less than intuitive name, the “Mobility Service” as we came to know it, was one of Novell’s most successful products, and brought ActiveSync devices of all kinds into the GroupWise world.

As of April 30, 2013, Novell discontinued their Data Synchronizer offerings of connectors to SugarCRM, Sharepoint and Salesforce.  Novell still maintains the Vibe Connector for the Data Synchronizer.  The GroupWise Mobility Service 2.0 is the new name for the somewhat reinvented stand-alone version of the Data Synchronizer.  Novell’s stated direction for GroupWise Mobility Service is to ultimately divorce it from the “Middle Man” synchronizer engine, and bring it more into line as a “client”, much as WebAccess is now a direct client for GroupWise.  But that’s a story for another day!

The GroupWise Mobility Service 2.0 is an Add-On ISO for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2 and SP3.  The GroupWise Mobility Service is free of charge to all Novell GroupWise, Novell Open Workgroup Suite and Novell Open Workgroup Suite Small Business Edition customers with current maintenance coverage.  This guide has instructions for GroupWise Mobility Service version 2.0.  If you are using an older build for a specific reason, some options in this guide might not be available.

Many of you no doubt remember (and some might still use) the older GroupWise Mobile Server (GMS) that preceded the Data Synchronizer.  While it might seem a bit confusing, we will no doubt start using GMS to mean the new GroupWise Mobility Service.  Unfortunately, there was even a GMS 2.0 for the older GroupWise Mobility Service, so GMS 2.0 doesn’t really even clear up possible confusion.  For purposes of this guide, however, there are NO further references to the older GroupWise Mobile Server, and all references from here on out, intentional or otherwise, to GMS will indeed mean the new GroupWise Mobility Service 2.0!

This book is intended as a full Mobility Service administration book, and deals with installation of the system from start to finish.  If you are upgrading from a 1.x Data Synchronizer Mobility Pack, we will cover upgrading in the Upgrading GroupWise Mobility Servicechapter.   It wouldn’t hurt to also read Preparing the GroupWise System and Preparing the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server to ensure that nothing has changed in your environment that might encourage you to make some changes.  The following new information is definitely of use to both new installations and upgrades!