Blackberry Playbook

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This wiki page details the compatibility and functionality of the Blackberry Playbook with Novell Data Synchronizer Mobility Connector. Please contribute relevant information or corrections in our effort to facilitate end-user experience. Note: This page is not for reporting defects and bugs. Those should be reported in the Novell Forums. Only limitations that are consequences of the nature of the device should be reported here.

Device Summary


Currently Supported for Novell Data Synchronizer?   Yes
Approx. Last Test Date   Ongoing
Ease of Setup   Excellent
Email   Fully Supported
Contacts Fully Supported
Calendar   Fully Supported

OS Requirements:
To be compatible with Data Synchronizer, the tablet must be updated to Blackberry Tablet OS 2. To update, select the top right settings icon, then select Software Updates, and select "Check for Updates. A WiFi connection is required to update.

Setup Instructions

Basic instructions on getting your Mobility Pack running on your Playbook device:

1. Make sure that your Mobility Pack server is up and running and you have the following information:

  • Server address
  • Port (if non-standard)
  • Whether the server requires a secure connection or not

2. On your tablet, go to Settings > Accounts > Add New Account > Email, Calendar and Contacts > Advanced Setup > Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync

3. Enter the required information:

  • Enter A description
  • Leave Domain blank
  • Enter your Mobility Pack username
  • Enter your Email Address
  • Enter your Mobility Pack password
  • Enter The Mobility Pack Server Address
  • If SSL Security is used, make sure it is on the "on" position.

4. Click continue. The setup will first try on port 443, and then fall back to port 80. If you need to list a port, for example, if your server address is running on port 8443, you would enter:

5. Hit next

  • If it notifies you that the connection failed it is because your server requires an non-secure connection and the Tablet uses a secure connection by default. You can change this later. For more information on configuring a secure connection, see SSL Considerations

6. Select to sync contacts and calendar items (if you wish for these items to be sync to your device)

  • When it prompts you, it is recommended that you choose to leave existing contacts and calendar items on your device.

7. When finish configuring your account, verify that your user settings are correct by going to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars and select your existing account. Select account info, and verify your settings.

  • If your Mobility Pack server requires a non-secure connection, turn ssl OFF.

8. On your Tablet, go to Mail, and navigate to your new account. Syncing should begin -- it may take a few minutes to perform the initial sync and pull down all of your items.

SSL Considerations

  • The Tablet will prompt if there are Certificate errors, but once confirmed, will not ask again, and can continue working without interruption.
  • DigiCert certificates work great. Just be sure, like with other SSL Certificate providers, that you configure the server to send the intermediate certificates needed to chain up to the trusted root.

How to configure your mobility server to use a self-signed cert for testing purposes


Working Features:

  • Send
  • Receive
  • Forward
  • Reply
  • Reply all
  • Delete
  • Move to Folder
  • Push
  • Fetch

Device Limitations (not defects):

  • None



Working Features:

  • Device to GW
  • GW to Device
  • All contact attributes

Device Limitations (not defects):

  • None



Working Features:

  • Accept
  • Modify
  • Decline
  • Notifications

Device Limitations (not defects):

  • Cannot move appointments from one calendar to another


Other Notes

  • To use datasync, you must update to version 2.x or later of the Tablet software. Earlier versions may have limited functionality.
  • Once Mobility Pack is setup on your device, new contacts will by default be added to the Mobility Pack/GroupWise address book. This means that if you ever remove Mobility Pack, these contacts will be removed from the device. If you prefer, you can specify to have the contact added to your device address book rather than GroupWise.
  • If your LDAP password expires, a message will be displayed on the device indicating that the user name or password is incorrect. If you change your password expiration time (perhaps you're on the road and don't have a way to change your password so you call the help desk and have them extend your password expiration time), the device will continue to display the incorrect password message. A dialog may be displayed asking for the password but even typing in your password (the same password because it hasn't really changed) will still continue to fail. You may also receive a message that the device failed to connect to the server. It seems as though the iOS keeps some sort of state where it will not attempt to use a password that it has received a failure for. To get around this, you can go to the account settings on the device and (1) for iOS v3.x, simply tap the password field (so that the cursor is in the field) and then exit the account settings (you don't need to make any changes in the edit field) or (2) for iOS v4.x, re-enter the same password in the password field and tap Done. This will cause the device to once again send the requests to the Mobility server.


Please do not use this wiki to report bugs or defects. Instead, use the Novell Data Synchronizer Mobility Pack Forum or contact Novell Technical Support.

Further Reading

To place enhancement requests with Asus


Thanks to the contributors for this device information!

Parker Stevens,