Originally Posted by big ando 86
Is there a way to simply backup and restore all the settings and users onto the new server?
What i did for my DR solution is pretty much the same you need.
Build up a new BB server, exactly the same as the old one (SRP ID, DB name), but different server name
Don't choose to start up the services after installation.
Now go through every point of properties of your new server and make sure that is exact copy - EA settings, IT admin, IM settings (if used) and MDS CS settings. Once you'll have all this prepared, reboot the server (just to be sure) with BB services stopped. and now carefully, you don't want to have both SRP connections at same time - Stop BB services on the old one, once done, start BB services on the new one. I'm using *.bat file for this (attached).
The move the users to the new server (using BB Manager) ... in batches let's say about 200 users per 5 minutes. That's because the new one will have to open the connection to the mailboxes. Once all transferred, you can kill old server
This is prolly described as a knife-edge cutover - you might like to see this: BlackBerry Search Results