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Old 01-27-2008, 12:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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ok guys, i have been a BB user for some time now and i am sick of not being about to sync my calenders and contacts through BIS, so i have thought about setting up a single user BES...

Now i have spent the whole night reading and searching and downloading stuff to try and get this to work...

now everything so far i have read is jibberish... i could understand some of it but not all... I know my computers and such, but servers ect are all new to me...

now this was my plan...

I have a very up to date computer that i use for everything, meaning 2.5 ghz AMD dual core 64 bit processor, 2 gigs of ram, 250 gig harddrive, 128bit video card, and running windows vista ultimate, ect ect....

can i install something on my current computer to be able to run the BES application from RIM to have the BES advantages...

i hope this makes sense....

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Old 01-27-2008, 12:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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actually take a look at the the aftermarket section, great app is in beta right now that does just this. Not sure the release date, but all the information is there. OTA Full Outlook Sync Needs Beta Testers - BIS Users


As for Adding BES functionality there are single user BES licenses available, but you really need Exchange/Domino/Groupwise servers running.

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thanks, i am currently a beta tester for the OTA sync, and it looks promising... but so far i have yet to be able to get it to work for me... so i am looking into this for now...
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if you would like to post the issues you are having in the OTA sync thread I will attempt to help you set it up. I have gotten my version stable at this point for over 24 hours.
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PM sent, still going to look into this BES thing too...

anyone that can help, please throw some pointers at me
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For a BES you will need:

1. A machine running a Windows Server Operating System, not Windows Vista. The BES is designed only for Windows Server OS's

2. A mailserver, Exchange/Domino/GroupWise

3. A BB, which you already have

You could install VMWare, the free version, on your machine. With VMWare you could use your existing machine and run a virtual machine on that with the mail server and BES on it. That's the best solution rather then getting a new machine.

What do you currently use for Contacts and Calendar, Outlook/Lotus Notes? And you said Calendars, you can only sync one wirelessly.

If you're not familiar with Active Directory and any of the above mail servers and how they work then you might be causing yourself some unnecessary headaches to get what you are looking for. Setting up a GroupWise Server is not an easy task when you're used to it. Exchange is the easiest of the three to install and manage.

I would personally leave the BES as a last resort, it's a lot of effort on your part and if you don't understand most of it it will be even harder to get working.

If you feel comfortable with the setup then by all means go for it, but if you're not take your time and plan it out.
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Gibson is right,
1. you will need to configure your messaging server (Exchange, Domino, etc)
2. Installl BES, preferably on a different server with DB server.
3. You need to make suser that your DNS is working properly
4. RIM doesn't recommend installing Outlook on the same computer as BES.
It is a lot of work. Have you tried using Desktop Redirection to sync your calendar?
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I wasn't aware you could use the desktop director for syncing calender events and contacts... I thought that was just for mail....
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