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ELBeast 06-23-2008 12:49 PM

Removing Third party apps
So I know I can restrict third party apps by creating a software configuration policy and then denying the specific app. However I can't seem to acquire the necessary .alx/.cod files. For example I want to create a software configuration to disallow facebook. However I can't seem to download directly to my PC to extract those files. The web page wants me to connect my handheld to the PC and then it will install it for me (which is what I don't want). Does anyone know of a way to extract the .alx/cod file from the handheld?

My long term goal is to basically create a generic software config that will enable me to uninstall all the third party apps not approved by my company.

gibson_hg 06-23-2008 01:33 PM

It might be easier for you to create an Application Control Policy to block all apps execpt those you want to allow.

Here is RIM's KB for it:

BlackBerry Search Results

I like this method, instead of blocking certain apps you block all execpt the ones you want to allow the users to have.

Hpe this helps.

ELBeast 06-23-2008 03:44 PM

Thanks for the link, however this is exactly what I want to do. Maybe I wasn't clear enough in my post. In order to do this you need the .alx/.cod files to create your software configuration. Is there way to extract those files from a hand held?

Additionally, I found these links to be helpful as well:

How to control and remove third-party software using software configuration

Block new Internet Browser icons from appearing on a BlackBerry device

How to disallow the presence of Virtually Preloaded application download icons by importing the Allow Application Download Services IT policy for BlackBerry Device Software 4.3

hdawg 06-23-2008 04:06 PM

Try John Clark's suggestion ... you can do the backup; and it'll create an ALX with all the apps. Simply modify that alx to only include the app you want to block.

ELBeast 06-23-2008 05:02 PM

Thanks hdawg, I'll try that and see if that works. I don't know if it will complain about the lack of a cod file, but it's worth a shot!

hdawg 06-23-2008 05:04 PM

... shouldn't care the file isn't named with a .cod. If it does you should be able to just rename the file from bleh to bleh.cod and just update the .alx to reference that.

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