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Old 07-14-2011, 03:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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exchange 2007, 1 server, vanilla config.

I currently have a BPS 4.x server with around 15 users on it. We have been buying CALs for it as necessary. It runs on a mssql express database.

I noticed the new bes express is free licensing, so I want to migrate to this so I don't have to continue buying cals, also would like the updated interface etc.

Am I going to run into headaches if I install the new bes express on a different server but pointed to the same exchange, and run them parallel? I would then add new users to the new bes express and later on migrate existing users from old to new as I'm able. It's not a huge number of users, but they are geographically diverse and I couldn't coordinate a cutoff and would love to avoid wiping anyone's blackberry.
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Old 07-14-2011, 04:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: one exchange system two independent BES's?

no worries pal,

set up a new one completely clean, BES Express.

Add users and you can move the old ones over with the "Blackberry Transporter"

Make sure you set the IT policy to default though before you move them be I keep running into issues with that.

Remember if you change your tarrif to bes express you cant do over the air activation
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Remember if you change your tarrif to bes express you cant do over the air activation
WRONG

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Default Re: one exchange system two independent BES's?

so (to save me from rtfm'ing) can BES express not do activations over the blackberry network, or is it just wifi activations that's a problem?

I've been doing OTA activations with BPS no problem
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[quote=knottyrope;1732652]WRONG

fair enough!!1 You learn something new every day
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so (to save me from rtfm'ing) can BES express not do activations over the blackberry network, or is it just wifi activations that's a problem?

I've been doing OTA activations with BPS no problem
You can activate over WiFI, but only if the WiFi is part of your LAN.
It not fun to set up first time, that why I only use OTA and modify the activation email with instrustions on how to activate it.


my email sent from BES

+ Welcome to Company BlackBerry Enterprise Activation
$n, in just 4 steps you will be enjoying your Blackberry.
For a replacement BlackBerry, take SIM card and MicroSD card from old BlackBerry and place into new BlackBerry.

1) Check on your BlackBerry device that Mobile Network is turned on.

2) Use one of the following methods to get to the activation screen:

Main screen select Options, Device, Advanced System Settings, Enterprise Activation
OR
Main screen select Tools and or Settings, Options, Advanced Options, Enterprise Activation.
OR
In the device Options screen select Enterprise Activation.

3) In the Enterprise Activation screen, enter your corporate email address and the following supplied password:
$p

4) Ignore the Activation Server Address and Click on trackball/trackpad and click on activate.

NOTE *** this password will expire in $x hours or after activation completes***

Do not reply to this message, the mailbox is not monitored. Please forward all questions/replies to [email address]

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Default Re: one exchange system two independent BES's?

What's the point of a BES CAL then at this point? Is it just push vs. pull?
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What's the point of a BES CAL then at this point? Is it just push vs. pull?
I dont understand your question.
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Default Re: one exchange system two independent BES's?

If you can activate your phone that has a BIS plan on a BES server, then what's the point of a BES data plan? That's what I meant - and somehow completely messed up in asking it.
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