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Old 06-19-2005, 10:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm trying to answer some questions for a friend...

They are a fairly small shop that runs Exchange and a couple of their employees would like to get Blackberries. They are all on Nextel.

Where is the best place to recommend that they start to procure a BES server and get it setup? Nextel? If they are only looking at a couple of users, does Nextel provide any type of hosted BES?

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Nextel doesn't do hosted BES. If they want a hosted BES solution, search for Mark Rejhon's FAQ on the subject - its VERY detailed and includes links. If they want an actual BES at their office, then they would need to purchase it, either from Nextel, from RIM, or an authorized third party vendor (such as CDW). RIM will not come down on their list prices, from my experience. Providers are picky, but if you are a small shop, then its very doubtful you would get a discounted price from Nextel. CDW has lower prices off the bat, and we get 10-15% off that price with our corporate account (again, small shops probably won't get these discounts).

eBay is another suggestion, although I wouldn't personally recommend it. But it is a solution, nonetheless. If nothing else, you could get your user CALs from there.

Hardware procurement would come from normal channels - however they get their hardware.

If they never plan to grow more than 5 users or so, I'd recommend the Small Business Edition of BES. Individual user CALs are more expensive than the full-blown BES, but you save about $2K on the core product. Look at RIM's pricing guide to judge what you want - you won't save but a few hundred off their MSRP, even with discounted pricing.
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internoded does hosting and are very reputable.
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Actually, Nextel does sell a discounted BES. The Small Business version w/ 5 licenses is $1299 through Nextel, w/ additional licenses costing $184/ea.
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In a small environment, could you just install the BES server and components on the same server as Exchange or do you need a seperate server? The exchange server just sits on the internal network.
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In a small environment, could you just install the BES server and components on the same server as Exchange or do you need a seperate server? The exchange server just sits on the internal network.
I havent tried this but it could be that some exchange and BES DLL might conflict
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You can run Exchange and BES on the same box... I was doing it for a while to see how well it works... 5-10 users it'll be fine.

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