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Old 04-16-2010, 09:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I know I'm behind on this one.. but I've finally got devices that are running OS 5.0 to take advantages of the new BES 5.0 features. So I'm going to upgrade my BES Just a few questions.

1. I've heard from other people that after the BES is upgraded to version 5.0 all the devices need to be re-activated. Is this true? (I've got a mixture of 8330's, 8350i's, and 9630's. OS 4.5, 4.6, 4.7, 5.0)

2. On my BES I have the monitoring tool, Web DM, and BAS... Should I remove any of these to the upgrade?

3. Will I lose any funtionality by upgrading to BES 5.0? I will maintain the monitoring service, Web DM, and BAS right??
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Old 04-17-2010, 06:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Without knowing what version of BES you are on now or the layout, I can only offer the following:
1) Ensure that the old BES and new BES are on the same Encryption Algorithms (3DES or/and AES). You can change the old one to 3DES+AES without impacting current devices, just not the other way around). Think BES5 uses 3DES+AES by default. Use the Blackberry Enterprise Transporter to migrate from the old BES to new BES. No activation should be needed, but there are always a few exceptions to the rule.
2) Assuming you will be moving to a new DB (recommended, but I think not required). You can migrate with the old system still in place, no need to remove any components. IF you are keeping the existing DB, I do not know, but suspect you can leave everything as it is.
3) BES5 comes with Monitoring Service, WebDM and BAS. If you are currently using a RIM version of monitoring, expect the same limited featureset. WebDM and BAS are OK, but still prefer the old Blackberry Manager...progress is a b*tch.
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My current BES 4.1.6, is using 3DES+AES so I'll leave it the same. (Since they are all pretty new devices they should be AES anyway. I Believe)

As long as I still got Web DM I'll be happy.. no decent additions to the monitoring services I assume.

I was just planning on stopping my Domino Server, backing up my DBs, and installing BES 5 on top on top of my BES 4.1.6, I will probably take a snap shot of it in VMWare prior to any of this so If it does go fubar I can just use the previous snapshot.
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