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Old 05-22-2005, 09:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I will be deploying a BES for Exchange next week. Since I recieved no guidance or docs from alltel, I have no idea what to expect. After reading these forums, I do have one concern. Of the two platforms I can install it on, one is a HP Server Blade and the other is a virtual machine on MS Virtual Server 2005. The problem is that neither of these have a USB port. Is that going to present a problem for device activation?
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I've never used a USB port on a server for device activation. For BES 4.0 activation can be done wireless (Over the air - OTA). For versions < 4.0, device activation is done by adding the e-mail accounts to the BES via a console and then cradling at the client (PC) end. No USB required.

Not to mention that many older BlackBerrys, still in use today, do not use USB...
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Old 05-22-2005, 10:17 AM   #3 (permalink)
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That's great news. It would have been very bad to go back to managment and say "Oh by the way, I need to buy a new server as well." I hate it when I ask vendors over and over for specs and they never deliver.
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We used to run our BES servers off of VMWare virtual servers, but found that the amount of memory and processor we needed justified taking it off of the VMWare virtual server and putting it on it's own hardware.
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I fully expect to have to move the BES to real hardware in the future. For the moment I don't expect to have more than 20 users in the first 6 months. I can always move it to one of the blade servers we have.
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Am running 65+ users on VMware.....only gotcha I found was I didn't create a large enough disk to hold the logging. have to move it off every so often. But never needed USB directly from the server.
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Thanks for the feedback. I ended up deploying BES 4.0 onto a blade server.
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