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Funambol Administration Tool Installation and Setup

After installing and setting up the Funambol DS Server, we need to install and start the administration tool, an interface which will allow us to manage the server.

I got the Funambol Admin Tool for Windows, which was listed under the USEFUL INDIVIDUAL PACKAGES section of Funambol's Download page. After the download, I basically followed the instructions given by its Windows installation.

After loading the program, the main Funambol Administration Tool panel will appear. Figure 3 shows the panel with its three panes.

Funambol Administration Tool panel

Figure 3: Funambol Administration Tool panel (click image to enlarge)

Before you can perform administrative tasks, you must first login to the server. Double-click the only node that appears in the left pane. Figure 4 shows the Login screen which will display.

Login screen

Figure 4: Login screen

Enter your server name. The default password is "sa".

Assuming that you manage to connect, you will now be able to explore your server. Figure 5 shows the Search Users panel that is displayed when the Users node is selected in the navigation tree.

Funambol Administration Tool's Search Users panel

Figure 5: Funambol Administration Tool's Search Users panel (click image to enlarge)

For basic use, there isn’t really much you need to do at the moment. The application instructions cover it in more detail, but basically the three nodes you need to be familiar with are Users, Devices and Principals.

The first two are straightforward, but Principals is the link between Devices and Users since you can have multiple devices to a user and vice versa.

At this point, I found the easiest thing to do was to choose a username and password; then, connect to the server with my two clients. After this completed, the principal was automatically created to link them.

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