Unless you have been living under a rock
for the past few months you’ll know that in the upcoming IBM Lotus Traveler
8.5.1 release, support for the Apple iPhone has been added. This is probably
one of the most important bits of news in the upcoming release for any
admin out there who needs to support this device.
I have been testing the latest beta
release of traveler ( code drop 8 ) for a little while and even rolled
it out to a number of users in our corporate environment and so far the
feedback has been a positive one. The simple fact that the Notes calendar
and contacts are now synced to the device is one of the big winners with
our corporate users. Most of these users were blackberry users in the past
and this is something they really missed.
From the admin point of view installation
was a snap. Just stop the domino server, run the setup file, answer a few
quick questions and then start the domino server. I would guess that this
took me about 10 minutes max on my test server. Once your domino
server is back up and running getting the iPhone running on Traveler is
just as easy. Just open the web browser on the iPhone and point it to http://yourservername/servlet/traveler
and then login and generate a profile that will download to the iPhone
and within a few minutes the users mail, calendar and contacts will start
syncing with the device.
If your expecting a big long blog posting
on doing the install and configuration then keep looking. It is so simple
and just works that there really isn’t a need for one. I will, however,
in a future posting explain how to customize the profile document sent
to the iPhone to add in a few extra security settings.
IBM Lotus Notes/Domino and Lotus
Notes Traveler 8.5.1 is prerelease software and there are no guarantees
from IBM that the functionality presented will be in the final shipping