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Do you have IT Policy implemented? If not, I'd HIGHLY suggest doing a complete uninstall of BES 3.6 and then reinstalling with BES 4.0 on that same server - using the same SRP Identifier, SRP Authentication Key, service account mailbox, and BES virtual server name (the name of the server listed in BlackBerry Manager). You will want to export your users from the 3.6 installation prior to uninstalling. You will also want to back up the database to another location. After you install BES 4.0, you'll want to configure it with the above information from the 3.6 server and then import the users. At some point, they'll want to do an Enterprise Activation, but it is not needed. They will be working as is. Export the users from the BES 4.0 installation to a text file.
Now, at this same time, you'll have the new server with an OS. You'll go through the complete installation of BES 4.0 and patching - but you'll set the services to MANUAL. You won't select the option to Start Services at any point during your installations. The SRP, etc. will be the same as mentioned above for the old server. The services MUST NOT be started until they are stopped on the old server. Once you have completed the installation, you will want to set the BlackBerry services to manual on the old server and then turn them down. Once they are completely stopped, you can now start the services on the new server. All of the users should populate, but if they do not, you will need to import them from the text file.
If you have a local database, be it MSDE or SQL, you will need to move it, as well. There is a field in there that needs to be edited - under the ServerConfig table, it will be the MachineName field - needs to be updated to the current machine name.
Anyhow, that is the less intrusive way of doing it, imo. It would be the least impact on your users and it would migrate the server and database to new hardware. And you can still have the other server available for an uninstall and fresh install for a pre-production environment, if you wish.
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