Ok, I'm going to bump this up as we have finally procured the funds and hardware to move on it.
I've been searching (no, really) and reading on the knife-edge upgrade process and need a bit more guidence. (Think bumper rails on the gutters at the bowling alley)
First question: Can I upgrade the DB structure on the 4.0.5 installation and still run 4.0.5 or will that be the impending death of the BES? If yes, how do I upgrade the DB without upgrading the BES?
Next: Gibson stated the following
The best way to move the DB is to get the install folder of the BES version you are running and move the Database folder to the SQL server then run the createdb.exe from a command line. This creates a blank BESMgmt database and writes the appropriate entries in the Sysmessage table. Then backup the DB on MSDE and restore it on the SQL, then use the BlackBerry Config utility to point to the SQL db.
Is that the install of 4.0.5 or is that the install folder of 4.1.5 he refers to? What do the additional steps do if it's the same DB structure? We were able to backup the MSDE DB and restore it to SQL without the added steps. (or so I've been told by our DB person)
Does Chapter 9 apply strictly to 3.6 upgrades or does it work for 4.0.x as well? I have information from a very generous member that I should be a 4.0.7 first and then it should work. Anybody have a clue anymore if that's a painful upgrade?
This whole thing is an inherited system and I have minimal exposure to BES so I apologize if this stuff is relatively elementary.