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IBM Lotus Notes Traveler software is a push email product that provides a full featured e-mail access for Lotus Notes users using supported mobile devices which includes both smart phones and tablets.
Lotus Notes Traveler wirelessly synchronizes email, calendar, contacts, journal and to-do data with an IBM Lotus Domino server without compromise the security aspects of an organization.
The eligible Lotus Domino customers can download the software free of charge using their respective PartnerWorld and Passport Advantage accounts or through IBM Sales representative.
Lotus Notes Traveler software provides following features:
Provides a full, cross-platform release that includes capabilities for these supported mobile device platforms: Apple iOS, Google Android, Nokia Symbian, and Microsoft Windows Mobile.
Supports Lotus Notes mobile users, both through on-premises IBM Lotus Domino or Lotus Domino Express deployments, and in the IBM cloud with IBM SmartCloud Notes.
Reads and composes Lotus Domino encrypted email.
Searchs your corporate directory to find individuals and groups by name that you want to email.
Single point of control to monitor the Lotus Notes Traveler user community.
Scheduled synchronization and data filtering policies, including the ability to wipe only the Lotus Notes Traveler data.
Supports for remote wipe for lost or stolen devices.
Enforceable Security policies to remotely secure mobile devices.
Automated client updates.
Data in transit is synchronized over secure HTTPS and SSL connection.
Supports both Linux and Microsoft Windows servers.
Works over all wired and wireless connections (GPRS, GSM, WiFi, USB, and ActiveSync)
Starting with the version 8.5.3 Upgrade Pack 1, the Lotus Traveler server can also be optionally configured as a server pool to work in high availability mode.
Lotus Notes Traveler architecture
Lotus Notes Traveler is installed on a Lotus Domino server and runs as a separate add-in task. Having a dedicated Lotus Notes Traveler infrastructure is preferable, so nothing else should be deployed on the Lotus Notes Traveler servers to ensure adequate system resources are available.
Each mobile device has a either Lotus Notes Traveler client (Google Android, Symbian Nokia and Windows Mobile) or profile (Apple iOS) installed which communicates with the Lotus Notes Traveler server over http or https. All mobile devices have to download the Lotus Traveler client, except for Apple devices which download a configuration a profile to the device and use the native iOS email client.
The following components are involved when a user accesses the Lotus Notes Traveler server;
User mail file
The following figure shows the main components of a simple Lotus Notes Traveler configuration and how they interact:
The main component of Lotus Notes Traveler
New mail messages arriving in your Inbox on the Domino server arrive on the device without you needing to do anything (that is, are automatically pushed) and can trigger a notification event, such as a tone or a device vibration. Updates made on the device such as sending a new mail message or changing a calendar entry are synchronized with the server as soon as a network connection is available, and are reflected in the user's mail file and Notes client.
The Lotus Notes Traveler client provides a simple, easy-to-use interface with a minimal number of configuration settings. You can customize how much data is synchronized with the device to optimize the use of device memory and server resources.
The Lotus Traveler server checks the Domino Directory for the user home server and mail file information and subsequently connects to it. The Lotus Traveler server does not store any data, only the user's designated mail server has the user mail file. The figure below shows how the three components work together:
In a stand-alone implementation (that is non high availability) of Lotus NotesTraveler server, there is a local Derby database where information about the user's subscribed folders, devices, and sync status is stored. This derby database also stores any security information about the devices on the system if the administrator of the server has implemented specific settings in regards to devices security. In a high availability implementation of the Lotus Notes Traveler server, this information is kept in a central database on a separate enterprise database server (IBM DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows or Microsoft SQL Sever) and shared amongst all the Lotus Notes Traveler servers in the same high availability pool.
There is a friendly way to see the majority of information stored in the Lotus Notes Traveler database referenced above. This is the LotusTraveler.nsf file which is located in the root folder of the Lotus Traveler server for stand-alone implementations or a web interface found at http(s)://server_name.domain.com/LotusTraveler.nsf for a high availability implementation. In this view, you can see all devices, and users. You can use this interface to administer these devices and users. In essence, this is the graphical user interface the administrator can use to view and administer the Lotus Notes Traveler's database information.
About this guide
The objective of this guide is to introduce you to the IBM Lotus Notes Traveler while focusing on the features introduced in the new Lotus Traveler 8.5.3 Upgrade Pack 1.
We provide various scenarios of configuration and deployment that can help you to relate your environment. You can use this wiki as a step-by-step guide for deploying Lotus Notes Traveler in your organization or as a migration guide of upgrading the existing Lotus Notes Traveler server to a cluster deployment.