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Traveler - for the Non-Mac Admins Like Me

By Andrew Pollack on 12/03/2009 at 10:27 PM EST

Today I bought an iPod Touch and installed Traveler on my 8.5.1 Domino mail server. It was so easy as to be shocking, and works perfectly. I thought I'd give a run down on it in very quick and dirty terms for those of you who, like me, aren't really Apple fans and don't have an iPhone to play with -- but are getting requests from your users for this functionality.

First of all, understand that I've never owned an iPod Touch or iPhone -- and while my kids and wife have iPods, I don't. I don't use a Mac, and generally don't do Apple stuff. I came at this completely cold. I had to ask some other PB's I know where to go get started and find the Traveler software and installation instructions. Really, I started cold. The documentation is a little TOO complete. It makes the process look much more complex that it is for most people. Here's what I did.

1. I opened and synced my new iPod Touch with my music and audio book library, and got it set up on my local area wireless network.

2. Downloaded the "Traveler 8.5.1" install kit for my Lotus Domino 8.5.1 server. It's on Passport Advantage if you need it.

3. Shut down the Domino server, and ran the Traveler installation program. It asked me two or three very very simple questions, which I took the default answer to in each case.

4. Started the Domino Server back up.

5. Using the browser on the iPod Touch, I navigated to "http://myserver/servlet/traveler" and logged in.

6. Selected the link to configure my iPod/iPhone -- this caused a small file to be downloaded to the phone, which then required authorization to make my "Profile". It's sounds scary, but it's simple as hell.

7. Re-entered my http password into the newly setup Profile.

8. Opened the mail icon on my iPod Touch, and I could immediately see all my inbox. I can open the other folders as well as send messages. My address book contacts are there for me to send to, my calendar entries are visible via the calendar icon on my iPod etc.

So, non-Mac admins -- don't sweat this one. It's the easiest thing you'll ever have to do, that will make your iPhone users incredibly happy.

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re: Traveler - for the Non-Mac Admins Like MeBy Kai Benjaminsen on 12/04/2009 at 02:35 AM EST
What about security? The assignment of policies and how effective are these?

From what I have learned about the assignment of Traveler policies on iPod
Touch and iPhone, these will not be set, and can be manually changed on the
re: Traveler - for the Non-Mac Admins Like MeBy Warren Elsmore on 12/04/2009 at 07:13 AM EST
Declan Lynch has a very good write-up on how to do that, here:
The iPod and iTouch are what they are.By Andrew Pollack on 12/04/2009 at 07:13 AM EST
That's accurate. If you're looking for some things, you don't want an
iPod/iTouch device. It lacks some of the security features of a blackberry
and it lacks multi-tasking. These devices are end-user focused first, and
enterprise enabled second. It's a very different approach than that taken by

You can ask at Lotusphere about remote-wipe on the iPhone/iPod Touch with
Traveler. It's a subject I can't talk about it, other than to say current
released versions of Traveler don't support it and that IBM has said they're
looking into it. for future releases.

On the other hand, most of what Traveler does requires online access. A few
days of emails are cached, usually just in the inbox as well as a bunch of
calendar entries. If you're truly worried about top secret data being found
in your inbox, you've got other security problems, in my opinion.
re: Traveler - for the Non-Mac Admins Like MeBy Mark T Hughes on 12/04/2009 at 08:34 AM EST
I can attest to Decs methodolgy for making policies

You can set time out lock screens and password policies, limit apps and cameras
and keep users from changes all of these settings

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