Hello, Everyone. Zimbra Collaboration 8.8 has unveiled a set of NG Modules to enhance the Enterprise Capabilities for Email Administrators. In this blog post, I will present the ability to synchronize shared resources in the Zimbra Web Client using ActiveSync, which can then be shared to any device, on any platform. For this particular post, I will show this feature using an iPhone and iOS, but it works with Android, Microsoft Outlook or any other device that is compatible with ActiveSync.
This blog post is a bit long, here is a quick menu to facilitate your navigation:
- How to Configure a Zimbra Account in iOS using ActiveSync
- Quick view of Zimbra Mobile NG in the Admin Console
- How to Work with iOS and Shared Resources
Zimbra Mobile NG is integrated 100% into the Admin Console, so administrators have centralized administration for each feature and capability. You can see a comprehensive device report under the Home > Network Modules NG> Mobile tab, where you will see:
- Last synchronization of the devices
- The account that is syncing using Zimbra Mobile Plus
- The device that is actually connected
- An unique ID per device
- The status of the device
- The EAS (Exchange ActiveSync) version
- And the server to which it is connected, which is especially useful for multi-server deployments and troubleshooting
Apart from that, admins have the usual options for ActiveSync, such as wiping the device in case it’s stolen, stop or remove the device, etc.
Until Zimbra Collaboration 8.8, it was not possible for a Network Edition Customer to sync shared resources on iOS or ActiveSync compatible devices. However, with the new Zimbra Mobile NG, you can sync your resources on any device with two clicks. Imagine all the new possibilities!
Once you open your Mail app in iOS for the first time after the sync, all the items on the Web Client appear in the Device without exception.
Let’s sync the email folder Ann has shared with another user: ZSP alerts. To sync this shared folder on all the ActiveSync devices, right-click and select Folder Sync Settings.
If you return to the Mail app in your iOS Device and execute the action to refresh by scrolling from the top on the email folders, the shared folder and all of its contents appear as if it was any other folder.