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Old 09-10-2009, 03:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I work for an academic institution that currently provides BES service to our students with the expectation that they pay for the service / provide the device, we just activate them. The primary feature that we provide this for is the Exchange connectivity.

However, a while back we inadvertently installed the MDS services on our BES and recently became aware that as a result the BlackBerry Browser traffic is all routed through our BES.

We would prefer that we not route / track this traffic, so I wanted to know how the community would recommend remedying this. Would it be to use policies to force Internet Browser use / disable the BlackBerry browser, then stop the MDS Connection service?

We are running BES for Exchange 4.1.6 with MR7.
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We would prefer that we not route / track this traffic, so I wanted to know how the community would recommend remedying this. Would it be to use policies to force Internet Browser use / disable the BlackBerry browser, then stop the MDS Connection service?
That's sorta how I would do it.
Control the available browsers via IT Policy (Disable the BlackBerry Browser).
http://www.port3101.org/featured-bla...hlight=browser

I wouldn't stop the MDS-CS service entirely. It may eventually be useful for some users should you allow it.
Rather I'd disable access to MDS for the users you wish to supress it from.
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A good point, we may decide to implement OCS 2007 down the road, for example.

We will work towards testing the scenario of disabling the BlackBerry Browser. Thank you!
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On a side note - I assume anyone with a BES data plan would not see additional charges by browsing through the carrier vs. the BES MDS?
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On a side note - I assume anyone with a BES data plan would not see additional charges by browsing through the carrier vs. the BES MDS?
Correct. They would not.
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