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Old 09-23-2008, 04:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello,

Has anybody had experience syncing a Blackberry over Terminal Services?

The database containing addresses and calendar information is located on the server. Our users connect to the server via terminal services. We want the users to connect their blackberries to their local machines with the USB cable. Then upon connection to the server via terminal services, we want the Blackberry to be recognized as a local device on the server. As a result, we will be able to sync the blackberry with the database located on the server. Can this be done?

Right now, the blackberry is only being recognized as a network drive on the server. The RDP client has checked off to redirect all drives and plugnplay devices to the server. What we need is for the Blackberry to be recognized as a local USB device on the server, even though in reality it is physically connected to the client machine.

Blackberry Desktop Manager shall be installed on the server only, and accessed via terminal services. The only 2 connection options for the desktop manager are "USB" and "COM". Unfortunately there is no "network drive" option. Consequently, we need the Blackberry to be recognized as a local device on the server, so the Desktop Manager will switch into the "connected" status.

I have tried third party "USB Redirectors" with no luck.

ANY SUGGESTIONS OR HELP IS MUCH APPRECIATED. THANKS!
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I've never heard of anyone attempting to do it quite this way. In fact I doubt it's a best in class solution. You are creating the potential for one device to contaminate your master repositories.
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We have run a similar setup over the local network with no data loss issues. I don't think it will be a problem.

Any suggestions?
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Is this a one time sync operation, or do you expect these device to connect periodically to stay in sync. There may be value in replicating the data and pushing it out to a network drive that users could import to their own email client.

I'm sorry but I don't have an answer to your immediate need/question of extending the USB port out to the server.
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The users will perform the sync a couple times per day. As mentioned, Terminal Services will be the vehicle that gives all users access to the database located on the server.

Thanks anyways for your reply. Would there be any other suggestions / insight / help into this issue? THANKS.
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Any Help Out There Guys / Gals?
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Patience... your request is unusual, so it might take a while to get responses. I"ve never seen this asked before or known of anyone doing it.
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