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Old 03-10-2006, 12:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello everyone,

I am hoping to become a new blackberry user. I am the administrator for my company and I am doing research into the feasibility of acquiring Blackberrys for my OPS managers and a VP. I am currently looking at the 7130. Below is what I have serverwise:

W2k3 SBS w/exchange
W2k server mainly used for terminal services. (secondary server).

I want to get BES so that things will run easily for my non-computer/gadget illiterate users so they won't be calling me at all hours of the night. I have read that you should not install BES on the same server as your Exchange server. Is this correct? I have no mobile device experience other than the Tungsten C that I used while going through school a while back. What would be the correct way to setup a blackberry solution for the scenario that I have presented?

Any help would be grateful and any correction of information from what I have displayed above would be too. Thanks in advance.

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Ok maybe someone can answer this. I am only going to need to support 5 users initially. I have OWA setup. Can the Blackberry interface through OWA?
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**moved to better location**

Hopefully this will get you some responses!
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Thanks. I was just going to ask about moving it now that my short attention span saw there was a BES Admin forum. Thanks.
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I also have OMA enabled also btw.
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RIM suggests not installing it on the same server as Exchange. With the 4.1 release, they actually specify in the installation instructions NOT to install on the Exchange server. BES is resource intensive; SQL is resource intensive; Exchange is resource intensive. Given your current environment, I'd suggest purchasing a third server running Windows Server 2003 for the BES - add in a fairly decent processor and about 2-4GB of memory.

As for your other question, BlackBerry cannot interface with OWA 2003. OMA is geared more towards Windows-enabled smartphones.
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The users could access OWA through the browser though correct?

I know I won't get authorization to get a third server. We are a smal to medium business. The president has been reluctant to let an blackberry's be purchased in the past. However the OPS managers are in true need of them. If I can hold of the BES server for know it would make getting the blackberry's in the door easier. Then as we continue to grow I could work on a new server and the BES software.
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OWA can be accessed through the browser, but there have been mixed results - mostly people complaining its slow (afterall, OWA was quite the horsepower'd change).

you're best bet would be to simply get BlackBerry handhelds for that need them and have their email forwarded to their blackberry.net BIS address (have it send to both their mailbox and the handheld), or for them to use Desktop Redirector. this will allow the mail redirection functions of BlackBerry, although it'll offer no administration or the various wireless PIM/Cal synchronization functionalities.
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With the desktop software am I reading correctly that it can work for a group of people off of 1 desktop without the BES server?
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Not sure about 4.1 (which has a bunch of headaches, and I'd stay away from for now), but you can definitely run a 5 user BES on your Exchange server without any problem.

The biggest thing to watch out for are other Java apps that may run on the system with BES. And have 2gb of RAM or more.
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