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Sun Java System Portal Server Mobile Access 6 Administration Guide 2005Q4 

Chapter 1

Sun Java™ System Portal Server Mobile Access (formerly known as Sun™ ONE Portal Server, Mobile Access) software extends the services and capabilities of Sun Java System Portal Server platform to mobile devices, such as mobile phones and personal digital assistants. It also provides a framework for voice access. Mobile Access software enables portal site users to obtain the same content that they access using browsers that require HyperText Markup Language (HTML). It supports Sun Java™ System Portal Server Secure Remote Access software and uses Sun Java™ System Identity Server software’s administration console.

The features of the Mobile Access product are integrated seamlessly into Portal Server software. If you know how to administer Portal Server software, understanding how to administer Mobile Access software will not be difficult.

This chapter provides an overview of the key features for Mobile Access software, as well as a description of Mobile Access functions added to Sun Java System Identity Server software’s administration console and Portal Server Desktop, the primary end user interface. Topics provided include:

Mobile Access Software

Knowledge of the following Mobile Access software features and how they extend the functions of Portal Server software are useful:

The Portal Desktop

Your portal site provides a mobile Portal Desktop and a voice Portal Desktop as well as a standard Portal Desktop. A wireless desktop dispatcher, which is a component of the Mobile Access software, controls them. The Portal Server desktop servlet forwards requests to the wireless desktop dispatcher.

The wireless desktop dispatcher uses display profile configuration data to determine which Portal Desktop—standard, mobile, or voice—is the appropriate one to route user requests to.

Regardless of how the user accesses a portal site, the Portal Desktop is the user’s interface for the portal site. When a portal site user accesses a portal site with a mobile device, the mobile Portal Desktop appears. When a portal site user accesses a portal site with a telephone, the voice Portal Desktop responds.

These channels are available and visible by default on the mobile Portal Desktop:

For more details on the mobile Portal Desktop, see Chapter 4, "Managing the Mobile Portal Desktop."

Client Types

Mobile Access software supports virtually every mobile device available. It uses a client profile to identify each mobile device, or client. It assigns each client a unique identifier called client type, based on the device markup language the device’s browser uses.

These markup languages include:

Mobile Access software certifies WML support for the Nokia 6310i client and cHTML support for the Handspring Treo 180 client, although users can access portal content with any mobile device that uses one of these markup languages.

The Client Manager, which is part of the administration console of Identity Server, is used for managing client profiles. For details about mobile client type and device detection, see Chapter 2, "Managing Mobile Devices."


Mobile Access software supports the authentication modules that Portal Server software provides, but it also allows you to:

For details on using these authentication modules, see Chapter 3, "Configuring Mobile Authentication."

Voice Access

Mobile Access software provides the framework for VoiceXML applications. To access voice functionality, you must configure a voice server to provide speech recognition, text-to-speech, and a VoiceXML browser.

For details about voice access, see Chapter 6, "Configuring Voice Access."

Channels, Containers, and Providers

Mobile Access software uses providers, channels, and containers to present content to the mobile Portal Desktop.

This topic provides information on:


Channels display content in the mobile Portal Desktop. A channel consists of the provider object, configuration settings, and data files (such as templates) required to support the channel.

Container Channels

A container, or container channel, is a channel that displays content in the mobile Portal Desktop by aggregating the content of other channels. Mobile Access software adds the following default container channels to those included with Portal Server software:


Providers are the underlying implementation that present channel content to users on the mobile Portal Desktop. They adapt the interfaces of generic resources.

Provider content sources can include:

Providers, which are Java™ class files, deliver content in the proper format for each type of mobile device. As a mobile Portal Desktop is created, each provider is queried for the content of its associated channel.

The default providers include:

The following new providers are added to the default containers:

For details on using channels, containers, and providers to configure the mobile Portal Desktop, see Chapter 4, "Managing the Mobile Portal Desktop."


Using a mobile device, portal site users can access the same content that they would access using any HTML browser. The process that enables this is a translation process called rendering. Rendering allows you to create content once and display it appropriately on a variety of unique mobile devices.

The mobile rendering component detects devices and formats output for display on mobile devices. It consists of four subcomponents:

Mobile Access software supports both native and rendering channels and containers. Native channels are based onJSP technology and templates that are specific to Nokia WML clients. Clients that support HTML, VoiceXML, and WML use templates for a native Portal Desktop.

Rendering channels also use JSP technology. They enable a user to view a Portal Desktop that displays rendered content that is unique to a specific mobile device. This feature is made possible with the use of Abstract Markup Language (AML) templates that are passed through Mobile Access software’s rendering process. Clients that support cHTML, iHTML, JHTML, XHTML, and HDML require AML templates for a rendered Portal Desktop.

Mobile Applications

The Mobile Access software provides three default applications that users can access in the mobile Portal Desktop. These are:

These applications run on a back-end server with the mobile Portal Desktop acting as the user interface. Once the link to an application is established, the application runs outside the control of Portal Server software. When the user is finished using the application, the user can return to the mobile Portal Desktop to work with other providers.

The Administration Console

Mobile Access software administrators use the Identity Server’s administration console to complete most ongoing, day-to-day administrative tasks.

This section provides the following details about using the administration console to manage mobile access to a portal site:

For details about the Identity Server administration console and how to manage Identity Server software, see the Sun Java™ System Identity Server 2004Q2 Administration Guide.

Mobile Access Software Features

The features needed to manage mobile access to a portal site are part of the administration console. These features include:

Typical Administrator Functions

Some of the functions that you can perform to manage a mobile and voice Portal Desktop with the administration console include:

Logging In

The default URL for the administration console is:


Administrators log in to the administration console as amadmin.

For more information on Portal Server software’s use of the administration console, see the Sun Java™ System Portal Server 6 2004Q2 Administration Guide.

The Standard Portal Desktop

Installing Mobile Access software changes the standard Portal Desktop, displayed when users log in to Portal Server software using an HTML-based browser. These changes allow users to use HTML browsers to manage their mobile device home pages themselves.

A Mobile Devices link is added to the standard Portal Desktop’s home page. Users can click this link to display the Mobile Devices page, which allows them to:

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