About mSuite

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An mSuite installation comprises a set of Windows machine services that work collaboratively to prove a secure, robust, scalable and functionally rich wireless mobility solutions.  These services are normally located on a single machine that is located in the secure zone, however the software is highly configurable allowing components to be located in a distributed architecture if required.

 

The key components are:

  Connection Manager Server

The Connection Manager Server (CMS) is the heart of the mSuite system. It is responsible for the secure VPN tunnel that is maintained to the client devices.  It is also responsible for routing client requests to the appropriate service providers -  these include:

Authentication Server
mNotes Server
Chat Server
File Replication Server
Device Management Server

 

   Authentication Server

The authentication server is the system component that accepts the user's credentials and checks that the user is trusted.  If the user is trusted they are allowed to connect, otherwise their connection attempt is rejected and they are not allowed to access the system.

 

   Device Management Server

The device management server is the system component that is responsible for determining what software and settings need to be applied to a user's device, and then building the configuration and delivering it to the device in a Device Management session.

 

   mNotes Server

The mNotes server is the mSuite component that performs all of the Lotus Notes operations on behalf of the connected clients.  This is the part of the system that deals with Mail, Calendars, Contact, Tasks, Journal and Domino Applications (using mForms).

 

   Notification Server

The Notification server is another helper service.  It provides other servers with a means of sending Notification and Content to listening devices.  It is responsible for knowing where the devices are (i.e. their current network address) and for keeping a "Live connection" to the device to enable 2 way communications.

 

   Proxy

The Proxy is a program that accepts secure connections from mobile devices and then routes these connections to a listening Connection Manager Server (CMS).  This is a routing process, the proxy is not aware of the payload of the connection and it is incapable of reading any of the contents.  The features that are provided by the proxy include:

System hardening through a single point of access.  This improves system availability.
Simplified firewall configuration. The proxy minimizes or eliminates the need to open ports through your firewalls, this helps maintain organizational security.
Load balancing and failover.  Proxies can be configured to collaborate to provide load balancing and resilience.

 

 

   Device Clients

The device client software has both functional and infrastructure components.  It handles authentication and then makes and manages the TCP/IP connection to the Connection Manager Server.  The client then asks for services as it needs them.  The available services include:

mNotes -  Lotus Notes Email, Calendar, Tasks, Directories and Address books, Personal Journals, Free Time search, Full Text search.
mForms  - Lotus Notes Applications
Chat - Lotus Sametime collaboration, presence and chat.
Software Inventory and status - recording the status of the device and the software installed on it for reporting and analysis.
Device Management - making sure that the device has the correct software and configuration settings.
File Replication - replicating files to the device.

 

 


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