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Old 12-18-2006, 08:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have my personal blackberry that I also use for work. Up until now they have been forwarding a copy of all of my e-mails to my blackberry. The company just went to BES through MS Outlook. They are telling me there is no way to set up my personal Blackberry. For them to set it up they would need my Social Security Number which is a security issue. And they said that they can't forward my e-mails on MS Exchange or there will be a looping issue. The are telling me the only way is that they will have to get me a "work" blackberry. Well I don't want to carry around 2 devices. Can this be right? There has to be a way around this? Don't they just need my IMEI number or PIN number?

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You should be able to do it one of two ways without having to connect to their BES:

1) Install the Desktop manager on your work PC and sync manually from your Outlook at work - I believe it requires that you leave your outlook running.

2) Configure a forwarding rule from your Outlook to your personal Blackberry address. You should be able to configure your return address so that your work address is the default one from the web client for your personal blackberry account.

If you don't have a PC at work that would be convenient, perhaps if your work has Exchange 2003 and if you have Outlook 2003 you could have them help set you up for RPC over HTTP to receive Outlook at a home PC then install and sync from Desktop Manager.
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Jason-

This sounds like something similar that i tell my employees. I hope you dont work for me ;)

The general rule of thumb at my work is this... only my company owned devices are allowed on my servers. This way I have control over IT policies and software configs and versions and dont have to worry about people being dorks. Anytime somoene comes to me with a BB thats a personal one, i tell them that i cant put it on my server. There is no way you need a SSN for a BES ;)

BTW, in my environment, both options suggested by littlelegs are disabled. Sorry :(
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Thanks for the great info. Just so I know what information is needed to set up my personal Blackberry on the system? PIN number? IMIE number?

In a perfect world I just want them to forward a copy of my e-mails to my Blackberry. Is that really so much to ask? What are the downsides? My gmail get's forwarded to my blackberry with no issues? My work e-mail has been forwarding to my blackberry for the past 2 years with no issues.

If this was your system would you be more likely to allow an e-mail forward or let me into the BES system? Just want to know what I have a better chance to push for? I really want to avoid 2 devices.
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you're bes admin is giving you a line of bull because they don't own your device. as our BES admin i let employees use their personal bb device if they so choose. But i warn them that it will be locked down considerably. no new ring tones, games, themes, etc.

Of course it may also limit your functionality you currently enjoy with your GMail coming into your phone. It just depends on how their bes is configured.

i have my personal bb on our bes... in it's own policy group w/o restrictions.

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I agree with the last poster... I'm personally ok with personal BB's on the system, as long as they are locked down with IT policy.

If I were you, i would push for getting on the BES. Forwarding your work e-mail to an outside system opens up your company for massive liability if the e-mail falls into the wrong hands, and they have no tracking of where it went.

Adding you to their bes keeps you secure in their eyes because they control the policies.
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