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This wiki page details the compatibility and functionality of the Nokia N900 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 phone should be reported here.

Device Summary


Novell Certified for Data Synchronizer Mobility Connector?   Yes
Ease of Setup   Average
Email   Supported with Limitations
Contacts Supported with Limitations
Calendar   Supported with Limitations

OS Requirements:

Maemo5 version 2.2009.51-1 firmware or later.

Setup Instructions

Setup and Configuration Nokia N900 running the Maemo OS

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

I. Server Address
II. Port
1. Whether the server requires a secure connection or not
III. Username and Password that is setup on the server

2. Go to the applications screen with web, media player, calender etc.

3. Go to Mail for Exchange>Settings>Mail For Exchange

4. Tap Next and enter your email address (of the user on your Mobility Pack Server,the user name and password. The domain isn't needed then tap Next

5. This will bring you to the "Mail for Exchange: Server Settings" screen. Enter your server IP address with the Port. Be sure that whatever port you have set up on you Mobility connector is the same that you put in here. By checking or unchecking the "Secure connection" it will auto-populate the Port field

6. Select the desired items you would like to sync and then tap Next

7. Now you should be at the "Mail for Exchange: Start Synchronizaion" screen where you either start the sync by tapping next or tap on advanced settings first

Note: Advanced Settings is where you can configure things like how often to sync, connection settings, what to sync, etc. You can also access this easily after the initial setup if you don't want to deal with it right now. I would recommend you at least go in and set the "Peak Schedule" to "Always On" which will sync things automatically when they happen rather than having to go in and do manual sync everytime. Make sure if you make changes in advanced settings that you save it and don't just tap out by tapping on the unfocused area.

8. Tap Next and the device will go through the First Synchronization which can take up to a minute or two. Once everything is synced the "Finish" button will be enabled. Tap "Finish". Now whenever you go into "Mail For Exchange" in settings you see the last synchronization, status, details button, synchronize manually, and settings. Settings is the same place as "Advanced Settings" in the initial setup where you can change the specific configurations. "Synchronize Manually" is also a handy feature to remember if you're ever in doubt that the sync is working.

SSL Considerations

  • If you get a message that says "Configured server is not an exchange server" when you're setting up your account on the device, that doesn't necessarily mean that there's a problem with your server or that you're putting something in wrong. It could just mean that there's something wrong with your WIFI connection or that you don't have one at all, so check your WIFI connection before anything if you get that error.
  • We have been been able to connect to a Mobility Server with port 80 unsecure. We have also been able to connect to a Mobility Server with port 443 secure, but have only been able to get this to work when using a trusted certificate on the Mobility Server. We have been unsuccessful in connecting secure while using a self-signed certificate on the Mobility Server. If you are able to connect securely with a self-signed certificate, please update this entry with the steps necessary to do this.

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


Working Features:

Device Limitations (not defects):

  • Cannot move emails between different folders ON the device, it's not supported.
  • Unable to group contacts and subsequently unable to send email to groups
  • You cannot rename mail folders from the device. However renaming them from Groupwise does work.



Working Features:

Device Limitations (not defects):

  • Multiple Address Books not supported. All Contacts from the various address books in GW aggregate into one address book on device.



Working Features:

Device Limitations (not defects):

  • Cannot send appointments to other users from device.
  • The device supports multiple calendars from GW in that the appointments/events from multiple calendars in GW sync but they all sync on the device as if they were in one calendar (in one color). The device HAS multiple calendars but as far as our testing showed the different colors that indicate different calendars on the device will only indicate different calendars (with different colors) if those events are created on the device. This means that all events from multiple calendars in GW will aggregate and all show up in the same color (as if they were from on calendar) on the device.
  • On the Device there is no way to tell if a given appointment is accepted or not. Unless perhaps you go to your inbox and see if the email for the appointment is still there or not. If the email for the appointment is still there then it would not be accepted. If the email for the appointment is not there then it would be accepted.


Other Notes

  • If you want to have the device always searching for changes and to update almost immediately (about 15 seconds per change), then make sure that in the settings of your exchange account you have the "peak schedule" to "always on". Settings>Mail for Exchange>settings>peak schedule>set to "always on".


Please do not use this wiki to report bugs or defects. Instead, use the Novell Data Synchronizer Forums or call Novell Support.

Further Reading


Thanks to the contributors for this device information!

Adam Thompson