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Old 08-11-2008, 10:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,

Very new to Blackberry and these forums.

I'll be looking after our company Blackberries (sp) and BES software.

I'm looking for some confirmation or update of the information I've current found on here and other blackberry forums.

I have two servers, hardware wise they are identical (Dell Poweredge 2900 with Xenon E5335 processor 4GB memory. Two Raid 1 arrays 73GB and one raid 5 array 146GB) only the server software differs. One server is our data server, Server 2003 x32. The other is our exchange server, Server 2003 x64 and Exchange 2007. One of the company directors has bought Blackberries (again sp) and I need to install BES and get it all up and running.

Am I correct is saying that BES cannot sit on our Exchange Server because BES is not 64bit compliant and if I do it will "break" OWA?

If that is the case can you tell me how much disk space BES need to operate on the 32bit server.

I have read the posts by Gary Cutri but was just wondering, as there is no mention if any problems on 64bit server 2003, if RIM had released any new software to make it complaint.

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64 bit is supported now

visit blackberry technical support website and look for "64 bit support"
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Don't forget you'll need some form of SQL server in the mix too for BES. That may be just MSDE if you don't have many users, but SQL really if you want any kind of resilience.
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Also I would recommend against sitting the BES on the Exchange server - not because it will break OWA but just that it will add to the overhead quite a bit, and that addition will impact on an Exchange server more than it will a data server that's just looking after file sharing.
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I've gotten BPS to work on the same box as Exchange 2k7. It will break OWA because it forces one of the .NET instances into 32-bit mode, but there are articles available to help fix this - basically you have to reinstall .NET and run a couple commands. If I come across a link, I'll post it. I didn't know about 64-bit compatibility when I did this; these steps probably aren't necessary anymore. Everything is still working wonderfully.

Also, if you have a relatively low number of users hitting Exchange, resources shouldn't be a huge problem in my opinion. I agree it's not ideal, but it's possible if you can't buy a new machine.

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