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Old 11-11-2009, 09:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I figured all the geeks out there would like this. Plus I think AltN would like a few more Berry testers. You should join the listserver for the beta program if you are going to try it out. But there is a beta key in the release notes.

Yeah AltN Tech was bought by RIM it seems they are getting into the email server business now rather then depending on MS and other mail server makers.

I've been using Mdaemon for years but today they released the first beta with a BIS server built in.

See MDaemon Release Notes for details

Users of BlackBerry's BIS service can tightly integrate their MDaemon mail account with their BlackBerry device. This allows for true BlackBerry push mail as well as an overall improved email experience when using a BlackBerry with MDaemon. BIS integration options can be configured via a new selection from the Setup menu (Alt+B).

BIS enabled BlackBerry devices are tied to one or more of what are called "mail sources." With MDaemon, this mail source is your MDaemon IMAP server host name(s). Any BlackBerry device setup to pull mail from one of your IMAP servers can be setup for true push email and will also have messages composed on the device sent to your MDaemon for delivery.

A new UI screen within the account editor and WorldClient will allow users to select one or more mail folders. When the BIS service connects to MDaemon to collect Inbox mail MDaemon will serve up the content of these selected folders as well. All the messages from all the selected folders will appear in the single Inbox folder on the BlackBerry device. The messages are not actually moved into Inbox on MDaemon. Rather, they are just sent to the BlackBerry as if they were in the Inbox.

An internal folder aliasing scheme aliases your Sent and Deleted folders (no matter what they are actually called) to values which BIS recognizes. This will help insure that sent and deleted messages are placed into the proper MDaemon folders.

How to get your MDaemon account setup for BlackBerry push mail:

1.Go into the BIS configuration options (Alt+B).
2.Follow the on-screen instructions to setup your "Mail source" with the appropriate Subscribe URL and SMTP Server values (these should be setup by default but they may be wrong so check it and change as required). The Subscribe URL should point to your WorldClient server which needs to be accessible to the outside world.
3.If your BlackBerry is already collecting mail from your MDaemon account this means that you have already configured your BlackBerry with an email profile for your MDaemon account. This email profile must be deleted (recreating the email profile is necessary in order to trigger push mail setup within BIS). Click here for instructions on how to setup an email profile on your BlackBerry.
4.If your BlackBerry is not setup to collect mail from your MDaemon account use your BlackBerry device to create an email profile to do so.
5.Some time after this the Subscribe URL you associated with the mail source the BB user has configured will begin to receive SUBSCRIBE requests from BIS. These will be handled by WorldClient.
6.Once the SUBSCRIBE requests are properly received and processed devices will be subscribed for push mail and the user will receive an email on his BlackBerrry telling him so.
Unsubscribing from push mail can be done by deleting the email profile using the BlackBerry device itself. BIS will then send MDaemon an UNSUBSCRIBE request and the account will be unlinked. The UNSUBSCRIBE request may take some time to arrive and this poses no operational issues.

WorldClient is required in order to process SUBSCRIBE and UNSUBSCRIBE requests from BIS. A new ISAPI capable dll called MDBIS.DLL actually does the work.

BIS activity (connections from BIS IMAP clients as well as requests and notifications sent to/from MDaemon and the BIS servers) are logged into a new tab and log file called "BIS" which you will find in the "Mail" section of the main UI.

When BIS integration is disabled via the master on/off switch any accounts which are already subscribed to BIS will continue to receive notifications of new mail. However, everything else related to this feature will be switched off.

This level of integration is not possible using POP. Any of your BlackBerry users currently using POP to collect mail will need to delete their email profile and recreate it (see "How to get your MDaemon account setup for BlackBerry push mail" above). MDaemon's IMAP server must be running for this feature to work. It does not (and can not) work with POP.

MDaemon now requires all IMAP/POP sessions from BlackBerry users to use a full email address as IMAP and/or POP login when configuring their BlackBerry device to collect mail. This is necessary in order to achieve the level of integration we are shooting for. This might mean that some of your existing users will no longer be able to collect mail on their BlackBerry. This problem is solved by deleting and recreating the email profile on the BlackBerry device (see "How to get your MDaemon account setup for BlackBerry push mail" above).

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MDaemon Release Notes - Release notes

Ok, this version has a bunch of new stuff. Some notes though: The BIS integration is focused exclusively on email. It does not do calendar or contacts because the BIS service doesn't yet have support for transacting that kind of data (although this is being worked on now). We will have two-way calendar and contact support next year.

This version is not capable of generating trial-keys. But that shouldn't matter to you guys. We'll get trial key generation working again in the next couple of betas.

Be sure to read the "Special Considerations" section carefully so that you understand some of the more important changes that had to be made.

Please post a note once you've installed this version.
Please post problems/bugs in a NEW THREAD (not this thread).

Thanks in advance as always for your help!

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very interesting...
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My organization uses MDaemon/WorldClient v10.1.2 2009 Alt-N Technologies.

Am I to understand that RIM/Blackberry bought MDaemon/WorldClient?

My Verizon Blackberry could not connect rhoguh BIS to my mail server so I used the forwarding option and masked the return address from the Verizon/BIS site using the BB email address as the backbone. It was very roundabout but it worked.

Now, this week, all of the sudden, I can set up the email on BIS. I wonder....
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