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Old 02-15-2006, 11:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am currently running BES for Exchange and have a couple questions about BES version. I have not upgraded my software so far, because I was not having any problems and there are so many SP2/upgrade horror stories. I wanted to make sure I planned well.

My questions are:

1) Is there a universally agreed on version that adminís should be running on? IE ... anything less then this is asking for disaster? Or, is the old rule of upgrade only when you need it true?

2) With all this NTP and BB talk about a patch for this so called USA mode going around. How does that play into this? Do I need to be on a specific version now, just in case I need to use this patch in a pinch?

3) Client software. If I am upgrade to SPx, do I have to have matching client software? Are there catches to that etc?

4) I am running my BES on a Windows 2003 SP1 server, in a 2000 domain (Exchange 2000 - Personal SQL). Any prep work involved on any of these pieces prior to a BES SP?

Any advice or comments are appreciated.

Old 02-20-2006, 06:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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1: I would only upgrade if you are experiencing a specific issue. If you install Xch SP2 then the minimum version is 4.0.3. Definitely install hotfix 1 for SP3 if you do this upgrade. Do not install SP2 on the BES.

2: This will all be announced later if the software update is actually needed.

3: You won't need to install any matching client software.

4: No prep work by the looks of things. Also you are running Xch 2000 so no worries about Xch 2003 SP2.
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