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Extend your IT Reach with Mobile Admin

on Saturday, 21 March 2009. Posted in General

Mobile Admin from Roveit enables the administration of your IT environment via mobile devices. Once the Mobile Admin Server is deployed within your network, your users can perform a wide range of administrative tasks from a variety of mobile devices, including BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and the Web Interface.

The Mobile Admin Server is the key to extending your IT management capabilities. Once deployed inside your network, the Mobile Admin server will extend support of your IT environment to your mobile devices.

The Mobile Admin Client, supported on a variety of mobile platforms, provides secure access to your IT environment through the Mobile Admin Server. An intuitive user interface allows IT administrators to perform administrative tasks from anywhere.

With their latest version, Rove's Mobile Admin is poised to make IT administrators more efficient and help businesses stay on top of problems whenever they may occur. With version 4.2, Mobile Admin now features:

Microsoft System Center Operation Manager
System Center Operation Manager is an end-to-end service-management solution that allows IT management teams to address issues affecting the health of their distributed IT services. With the latest version of Mobile Admin, users can view alerts along with alert details, as well as manage and resolve alerts. Users can also view and resolve computer health states directly from their device.

VMware Virtual Center
VMware simplifies server provisioning through virtualization. Mobile Admin allows IT administrators to retrieve a running copy of a failed server from a virtual machine, or view VMware ESX server status information remotely when a problem occurs. Mobile Admin also allows IT administrators to check and manage their VMware infrastructure on a global basis using VMware Virtual Center.

BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5
The BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) 5 includes the BlackBerry Administration Service (BAS), a new web-based management console that replaces the BlackBerry Resource Kit (BRK). From Mobile Admin 4.2, users can directly control BES 5 services and administer users using BAS.

Microsoft System Center Device Manager (MDM)
Microsoft System Center Device Manager (MDM) enables Windows Mobile devices to be deployed and managed like PCs and laptops in the IT infrastructure. Mobile Admin allows the administration of Windows Mobile devices through the MDM - including provisioning and activating devices.



Rove IT approached me to write an article about their product. After my agreement, I must say that all communications by Rove and me were very good. I got all the documentation and also a Beta version.The first thing that struck me was that the manuals are comprehensive and clear.


Download the Mobile Admin 4.2 Release Notes.

Download the Mobile Admin 4.2 Deployment Guide.


Note: Microsoft Powershell and the VMware VI Toolkit (for Windows) must be installed on the same system as Mobile Admin in order to manage VI servers with Mobile Admin. How you install this is explained here.

I put my attention on vmware and start the installation on the same server where vCenter is installed (This is not necessarily needed). My version of vCenter is 2.5 Update 4 and a Virtual Machine. The installation was a matter of next, next finish. That easy. See some pictures below of the installation.




After installation, I was impatient to get started with my client installation which seems to be very easy. In this installation you can choose for a BlackBerry or Windows Mobile device. I hope there will be soon one for my iPhone as well. But for now I tested it with my Windows Mobile device.

After I connect with my Mobile Admin server I was in controll of my Virtual Envirement. GREAT!!! :)


What is so nice to Rove's Mobile Admin? It's really simple to install and manage. I will continue testing the next few days and weeks and place my findings here. So will be continued!


If there are people who are interested in a webinar, please visit the link http://www.roveit.com/webinars

The main page is http://www.roveit.com

and the press release: http://www.roveit.com/newsroom/pressarchive/2009/2009-03-16_2009%20MobileAdmin42Release.aspx

Rove is also holding a webinar on May 20th on the VMware features: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/477315436 and they are holding a webinar next week on March 25th about Mobile Admin: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/348258434

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