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Old 06-06-2008, 03:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm going to be doing a BES knife-edge cutover but is there any way to have a successful cutover to a new server which will have a DIFFERENT name?

Can;'t seem to find anything in the search relating to this.. Looks like EVERYONE is saying it MUST be the same name.

I'm hoping there is a way around as I'm trying to standardize the naming convention for all my servers and the previous IT guy gave everything weird names!

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You can change the server name. Follow the attached instruction for updating the server name in the db.

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Thank you very much!!

God I feel stupid for not searching the RIM KB )(!@$ :/
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You have to distinguish between two names: NetBIOS/Host name and BlackBerry Server instance name.

You can only change the NetBIOS name of the server. Never ever change the BlackBerry Server instance name. When you do this, you will have to reactivate all devices connected to this BES.
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The BB Server Instance name is the Blackberry Server Name that's prompted for when I go through the install, correct?

If so.. thanks for the heads up.. as I *WAS* going to change it until you advised me!

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What version of BES are you knife-edging ?
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The latest version, 4.1.5

In preparation for the cutover I've already moved the database from the local MSDE to our SQL2K5 server.
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In addition to the KB Article above read this one: How to perform a knife-edge cutover for BlackBerry Enterprise Server software versions 4.0 and 4.1
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If you have moved your DB already, install a brand new BES and connect to same DB, name the server and BES instance whatever you like, Now both your servers are connected to same DB , you can start moving users across to new server, less painful
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Just wanted to thank everyone for their help..

In case someone stumbles upon this in a search, this was my process:

- Shutdown all BES services on existing server
- As per RIM KB KB05193 , ran the following SQL Query on my database: "update ServerConfig set MachineName ='<New_Server_Name>' where Id = 1" so that the NETBIOS name of the new server is reflected
- installed BES on new server, used OLD BES Server name during setup.
- Probably not necessary, but setup a CNAME on DNS server so that the old server name references the new one.
- Done and Working!

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Just wanted to thank everyone for their help..

In case someone stumbles upon this in a search, this was my process:

- Shutdown all BES services on existing server
- As per RIM KB KB05193 , ran the following SQL Query on my database: "update ServerConfig set MachineName ='<New_Server_Name>' where Id = 1" so that the NETBIOS name of the new server is reflected
- installed BES on new server, used OLD BES Server name during setup.
- Probably not necessary, but setup a CNAME on DNS server so that the old server name references the new one.
- Done and Working!
CNAME isn't required; BES doesn't care about DNS.
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