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BB1877 02-19-2005 08:37 AM

BES for Domino 2.2.3 to 4.0 upgrade observations
We upgraded our BES yesterday from 2.2.3 to 4.0 with Hotfix 1 & 2. It went pretty smoothly. After the upgrade, the BES has to process through all the users (we have 140) and rebuild its databases before mail started flowing again. I wish that was better documented.

Two alerting services won't start, I called RIM but they wanted me to repair the install of the server but our downtime window was up.

The interface and number of options to play with is a bit overwhelming at first. It's like going from Windows NT to XP.

Most of my users are on Verizon 7750 handhelds with 3.6 code. By default the BES tried to push policies to these handhelds, including wireless address book sync which they can't handle without 4.0 code (which Verizon hasn't released yet.)

Of my 4.0 code handhelds, they are receiving test policies (like password changes) with no issues.

One thing I can't figure out yet...if I deploy a 3.6 device now the "old fashion way" with Desktop Manager...when I add a user to the BES it no longer asks for the handheld PIN, and I can't figure how to enter that.

This is more of a ramble than a question, I'll play with it more on Monday and post more findings.

BB1877 02-21-2005 07:34 PM

Day 1 after the upgrade...

The biggest thing that struck me...after the upgrade the BES applied a "Default" policy to all users without allowing me to review it. It didn't do anything crazy but it did setup everyone for full wireless synchronization before I had a chance to test it. Most of my users are running 3.7 code on 7750's so it didn't matter, but I had a couple of execs running 4.0 code on 7100's that I had to manually change that setting.

The other thing is during the upgrade it took a good 30 minutes for the server to rebuild the user databases. There wasn't any status notification during this process. Once it finished, the server got VERY busy while it caught up on queued mail.

The new BES interface is different. I haven't found any way to assign a PIN to a user like you did in 2.2. For a new user today, I just added them to the BES, had them cradle...the BES picked up their PIN on its own. I have yet to try wireless provisioning.

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