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currently have 2 BES's in my domain. version says 4.0.3.7.

i need to build a new server, with new version of the software, then move users from the old servers to this new one.

1) is this process as simple as i just made it sound?
2) can i download the latest version of the software or do i have to buy it?
3) any other things ill need to know? will i need new SRP info? etc.?

this is all new to me

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When you say you need a new version do you mean 4.1, and if so what is your reason for needing to update? Also, Exchange, Domino or Groupwise? Do you intend to combine the two servers you currently have on to one new one, as this is what it sounds like you're doing. We can give you all the info you need but just provide us with a bit more to go on and we can come up with something!!
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When you say you need a new version do you mean 4.1, and if so what is your reason for needing to update? Also, Exchange, Domino or Groupwise? Do you intend to combine the two servers you currently have on to one new one, as this is what it sounds like you're doing. We can give you all the info you need but just provide us with a bit more to go on and we can come up with something!!
yes, by new version i mean whatever the latest version is. our reason is that we are a Fortune 500 company and policy says that everything must be updated whenever possible to newest versions. MS Exchange is our email platform. Not sure if we will be consolidating the 2 current servers onto the new one, or building more than 1 new one. Probably we will move all users to the new server temporarily while we rebuild the 2 old ones. Then we'll distribute the users across the 3 servers. sound good? can you tell me anything you think i might need to know?

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currently have 2 BES's in my domain. version says 4.0.3.7.

i need to build a new server, with new version of the software, then move users from the old servers to this new one.

1) is this process as simple as i just made it sound?
2) can i download the latest version of the software or do i have to buy it?
3) any other things ill need to know? will i need new SRP info? etc.?

this is all new to me

thanks
g'day. This is quite easy in theory, you just need your wits about you when switching back and forth. There's a couple of ways to do it but I've listed the one which gives you a roll-back option all the way. Also, I stronly recommend a remote DB to achieve this.

1. get the new server and configure it up with patches/servie packs etc
2. Backup the database
3. stop the existing BES
4. Install the same version of BES on the new server connecting it to the same DB
5. allow the new server to run a bit to ensure no issues
6. backup DB Again
7. upgrade New bes server to you new verison
8. test
9. (optional) wipe old BES server and do a clean install of the new BES verison

if you chose to do option 9, you now have a redundant BES infrastructure
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g'day. This is quite easy in theory, you just need your wits about you when switching back and forth. There's a couple of ways to do it but I've listed the one which gives you a roll-back option all the way. Also, I stronly recommend a remote DB to achieve this.

1. get the new server and configure it up with patches/servie packs etc
2. Backup the database
3. stop the existing BES
4. Install the same version of BES on the new server connecting it to the same DB
5. allow the new server to run a bit to ensure no issues
6. backup DB Again
7. upgrade New bes server to you new verison
8. test
9. (optional) wipe old BES server and do a clean install of the new BES verison

if you chose to do option 9, you now have a redundant BES infrastructure

thank you. does the 4.0 bes software work with SQL 2005?
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thank you. does the 4.0 bes software work with SQL 2005?
I believe it work but not sure if its supported. Simply check the install guide
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another question guys...

i noticed that our 2 existing BES's have their own copy of SQL running. in other words theyre not sharing a database, they have their own.

is there any reason why i would want to keep it like this? couldnt i somehow merge both databases into a single DB, then update both servers somehow so that they point to this new DB? is this possible? ideally when im done with this whole upgrade i would like to only have 1 DB. what is the best way for me to go about this?

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