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BlackBerry Cool Roundup for the Week of March 8th


In terms of news I’d say it was a slow week for the BlackBerry Nation. On the bright side, there were some great apps that launched in both App World and the BlackBerryCool store. SmrtGuard-Free launched in App World, as well as Rove’s Mobile SSH for BlackBerry. Foursquare was also updated to version 1.7.0 with visual enhancements and tips features, and you can find them on App World now too.

Also worth mentioning is that BlackBerryCool currently has SIX contests on the go where winners haven’t yet been chosen. I’m going to choose winners for some of the older contests before Monday morning so make sure you’re entered in all six.
Click through and catch up on a week of BlackBerry news, reviews, apps and entertainment

Rove Mobile SSH for BlackBerry Now Available in App World


Rove have re-released their Mobile SSH for BlackBerry app in BlackBerry App World for $29.99. The app was incredibly popular when it was available through Rove as it allows you to connect to Unix and Linux, IBM mainframes, AS/400 and iSeries, routers and switches.

Rove Mobile SSH features:

  • Telnet
  • SSH1 and SSH2 for secure access
  • SSH2 public key authentication for enhanced security
  • User-definable shortcut keys
  • VT100 terminal emulation
  • IBM 5250 terminal emulation
  • IBM 3270 terminal emulation

This product is very competitively priced at $29.99, especially when you consider that the product used to retail for around $95. You won’t find a better SSH/Telnet BlackBerry client at this price.

Download Rove’s Mobile SSH in BlackBerry App World.

Documentation for Rove Mobile SSH can be found on Rove’s site.

Also, if you would like to manage your IT infrastructure with your BlackBerry, check out Rove Mobile Admin.

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Rove holiday promotion: Buy 3 Mobile Admin licenses get 1 free


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Rove are having a special offer for the holidays: buy 3 Mobile Admin licenses before the end of December, and receive 1 more license of equal or lesser value at no charge.

If you’re not familiar with Rove, they provide secure mobile access for IT admins so they can investigate and resolve IT incidents anywhere, anytime. Just check out their cool YouTube video that explains it all (above).

Learn more about Rove Mobile Admin 5.0.

Also, feel free to grab a fully functional trial version of Rove Mobile Admin.

Rove announces new products for mobile IT admins


Rove have announced two versions of Rove Mobile: Mobile Admin Professional and Mobile Admin Basics. The two products cover the full gamut of issues that IT admins face in today’s business environment.

Rove Mobile Admin Professional is Rove’s flagship product that delivers advanced mobile IT administration capability for IT staff that need comprehensive, secure access to a wide range of servers and platforms, including IT infrastructure monitoring, virtualization and incident management. The latest version of Rove Mobile Admin, version 5.0, supports Microsoft Hyper-V, Microsoft’s virtualization tool, BMC Remedy Service Desk and RIM BES 5 functionality.

Rove Mobile Admin Basics provides secure mobile remote access functionality for busy IT admin staff. It offers essential functionality that helps IT administrators respond faster to basic service requests.

Rove Mobile Admin Professional is now priced at $595 per client access license and Rove Mobile Admin Basics is priced at $295 per client access license. Both are available for download and purchase at RoveIT.com.

Mobile Admin by Rove goes 4.2 – extend your IT reach


Rove develops a great piece of software called Mobile Admin and it has recently gone version 4.2. Mobile Admin enables the administration of your IT infrastructure 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.

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.

In addition, Mobile Admin 4.2 includes mobile auditing capabilities, enhanced data routing, and usability improvements. This is a must have app for any IT administrator.

To try Mobile Admin 4.2 on a free 14 day trial, visit RoveIT.com/trial.

Barack Obama meets with local BlackBerry software company


Barack Obama came to Ottawa and was just around the corner from BlackBerryCool headquarters. He passed by Rove, a mobile IT admin software solution provider, and they wrote about it on their blog:

We knew President Obama was in town. Some of the downtown streets had been blocked off, and the transit system had been affected. But we never expected the US President to make his way down to the historic Byward Market, where we work.

As soon as we saw the commotion, many of us grabbed our coats and ran downstairs, hoping for a glimpse of the President through the darkened windows of his limousine. Well, we got our wish–and more!

To our surprise, the President’s motorcade stopped a few feet away from the front door of our office building. While President Obama shopped for souvenirs (a key chain, Canadian maple leaf cookies and even an ObamaTail), we joined the assembled crowd to greet him.

The President was tremendously gracious to all of us. He took time to smile, chat, sign autographs and shake hands. A few lucky Rove employees were able to get close enough to shake his hand and take pictures (like the one you see above).

I think it’s safe to say that this Thursday, February 19 2009, was a day many of us will never forget. Seeing the President of the United States up close is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Once again, we were reminded how lucky we are to work in such a great part of the city.