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Old 03-27-2008, 04:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Moving BES to a Replica Server

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We have created a virtual 'copy' of our Blackberry server on Windows 2003 Server (not network connected !) at another site as a trial. We want to migrate Blackberry services to this machine but we don't want any unnecessary down time while we transfer virtual images around our network.

Will the BES be OK if we simply back up our running BES database, turn off the live server and restore the BES database on the existing virtual copy of the server ? I guess the question is - are all the running settings of the BES held in the BES database or are there other files which need to be consistent as well ?

This is a BES servicing about 100 devices with a local MS SQL2000 database.

Thanks for your help

Andrew Webb

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Old 03-27-2008, 07:03 AM   #2 (permalink)
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What is stored on the BES file system depends on the mail platform. You can backup the db while the server is running (i.e nightly backup) but the db should be copied over at the time of cutover.

One thing that is stored in the db in the encryption key for each BlackBerry. If the encryption key is out of sync between BES and the BlackBerry users will not be able to send/receive mail.
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Old 03-27-2008, 01:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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read this: BlackBerry Search Results

If you are using a fresh SQL instance you will need to prep it before you copy the database, as BES stores error messages in the sysmessages table in the master database. The doc above has all the details.

otherwise the backup and restore should be all you need, as long as your permissions are still set correctly on the virtual image copy.

if it was me I would do a fresh install on the destination server. use the same name, SRP and license key but don't start the services, I'm not a big fan of moving virtual snapshots. YMMV


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