Bopup Communication Server requires the following minimum system configuration:
Run the Setup Wizard to install Bopup Communication Server 4.x on a computer that will be used as an IM server.
|The welcome page of the Bopup Communication Server Setup Wizard|
|Select the SQL Server mode to set up a database|
|Allowing a management of the IM server remotely.|
|Setup is copying program files and is creating SQL database|
After you install Bopup Communication Server, you need to set up the options related to creating user accounts and authentication mode. Since each user should have his or her own IM account on the server to be able to connect to it, you should first specify the account creation options and/or create user accounts on the server. An IM account has the same name as the Windows login ID the user log on to a computer with.
Double-click the Management Console shortcut placed by the Setup Wizard on the Desktop (or run the shortcut from the Bopup Communication Folder in the Start menu). The console automatically opens the Startup Wizard on it's first startup to help you to manage and setup the general options. You can also find all the settings from the Options dialog box.
|Specify the authentication mode|
There are 3 ways to create user accounts on Bopup Communication Server: import accounts from the Active Directory, create each account manually via the Add User Account Wizard or allow users to create their own accounts on the server from IM clients.
|Specify the options related to user account management|
It is easy to create user accounts if your network is based on the Windows Domain structure. You can import accounts from the Active Directory (LDAP) catalog with the help of the Active Directory Import Wizard. Just run the wizard from the Tools menu in the Management Console.
The wizard options allow you to create the same Organizational Units tree in Bopup Communication Server as you have in the Active Directory catalog. Organizational Units are described below in this document.
The Management Console includes tools for managing user accounts on the IM server. To create a new user account, run the Add User Account Wizard.
You can permit users to create their own IM accounts from messengers in the server options (described above). When the options allow users to create accounts, the IM client automatically displays the Create My Account Wizard when establishing a connection and allows the user to enter his own account information, such as the first and last names, title, department, contact details that are visible to other users. After the wizard finishes its work, the IM account is created on the server. When the option "Created accounts are enabled by default" is enabled, a new user automatically logs into the IM network.
Use the "Use e-mail address as account name instead Windows logon ID" check box to enable email mode authentication. This mode permit users to enter their email addresses in the Create My Account Wizard in the messengers and use the emails as IM account names. Use this mode to avoid situations when several users have the same Windows logon name (for example, "Administrator") and you want to set up different IM account for each user.
Since anyone who connects to the IM server can create his own account and log into the instant messaging network, it is strongly recommended to make sure that your server is not public and no any external connections can be established. For security reasons, disable the "Users may create their own accounts from IM clients" option or use it when you install the instant messaging server on your office network and the server cannot be accessed from outside your LAN.
Otherwise you can disable the "Created accounts are enabled by default" option and users will not be able to log into the IM network until you enable their accounts on the server.
Organizational Units constitute the primary way to manage the user's permissions to send messages and view other users available on the IM server. You can create the Organizational Units tree by any criteria according to your corporate infrastructure, such as office locations, departments, user roles or any other particular criteria.
|Manage the Organizational Unit permissions that apply|
to all users from the unit
The centralized client/server architecture allows you to manage messaging groups from the IM server. Each user can be assigned to multiple messaging groups at the same time. A group is assigned to the user with the sending permission flag, which means that the user has the right to send messages and files to the group. The list of assigned messaging groups is visible in the messaging client, so the user can simply select a group and send a message or file to it.
The news messaging system is designed to create messages that should be automatically sent by the IM server at a certain time. It is easy to notify users and groups about any events that may occur, such as a file server restart, a discussion meeting, etc.
To log into the IM network and to be able to communicate with others, the user should specify the name of the computer where Bopup Communication Server is running. The messenger automatically displays the Connection Setup Wizard each time it is started and the IM server is not specified or no connection can be established.
|The welcome page of the Connection Setup Wizard (the client-side software)|
|Specify the name of the IM server (the client-side software)|
When the Windows Authentication mode is enabled on the communication server the IM clients use current user's Windows Login ID by default as an IM account name to authenticate user. If Windows Authentication fails or the Private login/password authentication mode is enabled, then "Login to the IM network" pane is shown in the instant messaging client to allow users to enter their own IM account name and password to sign in.
|Sign up to IM network from Bopup Messenger client|
Additional information on server and client software comes with the product and can be found in product's Online Documentation.