One of my greatest disappointments with RIM's recent "downgrade" of the Blackberry Enterprise Server to a Blackberry Professional Server for small business customers was the loss of Lotus Sametime. When I first read about this, I was really miffed. After all, we hadn't yet got around to using Sametime on the blackberry and they were going to block it.
The other thing that I couldn't understand was exactly how the version of Blackberry Server affected the use of Sametime anyway. After all, blackberry messenger still works and Google Talk works extremely well on the Blackberry. The Blackberry server has no impact on these applications so why should it affect Lotus Sametime.
The answer is I don't know and it doesn't. It certainly doesn't affect Sametime in any way that I can see however perhaps I'm not using all of the features that were once available.
Installing Sametime for the Blackberry
While trying to find this file, I downloaded quite a number of files from IBM's download site including a Swedish version of Sametime which did very little for me, though I admit it did make me crack a smile. As it turns out, the install is very simple and can be done over the wire. [Thanks Gary Wickham for finding it for me]
- Point your Blackberry browser to the following URL
- On the next screen choose a language, in my case, English
- Choose a device: RIM blackberry 8100/8300/8800 series
- Click on the button marked download
- Then there is a second download button to push and then the same time download will commence
- You will be prompted to give the application trusted status but I guess that if you can't trust IBM then there's probably nobody you can really trust in the computing world. You have to say Yes.
Configuring Sametime on the Blackberry
- When you run Sametime it will come up to a user name and password screen.
- You might be tempted to fill this in and see how you go but it's not going to work like this.
- Press the blackberry button at this screen and choose connectivity from the menu
- The host should be the IP address of your same time server.
It probably needs to be on the same subnet as your blackberry server but I'm not sure about this since mine already was.
This is probably one of those great times where I should mention that typing numbers on the blackberry while holding the alt key down is a pain in the butt. Instead hold the Alt key down and then press the shift button. The blackberry will lock into Numbers mode and now you can type numbers without holding anything down. When you've finished, just push the Alt button again to go back to normal
- The default port is 8082 this didn't work from a but when I changed it to 80 it worked like a charm.
- Leave the connection option as direct connection.
- Press the blackberry button and choose ok
- Now in the user name box you should type your first name and your last name.
- The password will usually be your Web client password from the Lotus Notes address book. I'm sure you can synchronise these but I can't remember the reason why I decided not to.
- You might want to check same password and also automatically login though I'd recommend that you do a successful login first.
- Press the blackberry button and choose log In.
- You should now be able to talk to your sametime people on the desktop and on other mobiles.