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Old 11-01-2007, 01:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My husband is very interested in getting a Blackberry. He would like to use it for work to sync with the Outlook system . He works for a local government that will not pay for Blackberries for employees. They will also not allow any outside software installed on their PCs.

I know you can sync Blackberries to Outlook, but I'm sure it requires software. Is there any way for him to extract his Outlook calendar files from work and bring them home, and sync the Blackberry at home instead?

Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. He can access his Outlook calendar via the web somehow at home, I wonder if he could sync to that?
Old 11-01-2007, 02:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You might want to check the FAQ for information on the BB. That is a great place to start.

In order to sync to Outlook, you need (1) Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES) installed by the company (or town/agency in your case) (2) a hosted BES solution such as mailstreet or exchangemy mail (3) BB Desktop manager installed on the PC.

Numbers 1 and 2 allow over the air/wireless sync of contacts and calendar and email delivery. The town or agency would have to allow this. The latter allows for automatic push email to the device and calendar and contact info sync via the PC. Another option, called Redirector, is also available, but it to requires software uploaded to the PC and Outlook running all the time. Plus, IMHO, it isn't a very good option to pursue anyway.

I can't think of any other way to do this.

I don't see it as a good idea to have his company (or in this case town or agency) information on his home computer. The town or agency probably has a reason for their rules and I would not try to circumvent those if he likes the job and desires to stay employed. Many government agencies and companies alike, take their email policies very seriously, even if most of use seems to think it is a bit of overkill on their parts.
Old 11-01-2007, 08:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Assuming he can save files from his work computer there is a way to export calendar entries and addresses and then open them up on your home computer. (Unless there's been something done to prevent that on the work computer.) They could then be synced to the phone. However, from there the whole process would have to be repeated backwards to get the work computer to match when changes were made on the phone.

If he only needs to do it one time and then can get by with just having the phone be his main calendar, that would work. If it has to be synced back to his work Outlook for meeting scheduling and that kind of stuff, it'll probably be more trouble than it's worth.

But it is worth a call to the tech support at his work to see if they'd have some way to allow syncing. Since they allow web access, there might be a way to do this.
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