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Old 12-06-2005, 02:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What are the advantages of using the desktop redirector as opposed to having an forwarder setup in your company's mailserver?

Can the desktop redirector do anything other then forward emails from outloko such as any kind of wireless syncing, or are these features offered only from the BES?

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I'm also wondering the same thing. Where I work we have a BES but I'm not on it. Depending on if there is a real advantage to being on it then I'll just stick on my own.

But being on the BES, the adminstrator can read all emails associated with your account (I think), so that's not too good.
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The BES server doesn't allow your administrator to do anything he or she can't already do right in the MS Exchange Server itself. If you're concerned about email privacy, don't use company email. That's pretty much it on that point.

The BES (4.0, at least, which is what I'm familiar with) *does* have some pretty big advantages over Desktop Redirector. First and foremost in my mind is wireless PIM synch. With Redirector, you have to use Intellisync to sync up your calendar, address book, etc. That requires cable hookup to your PC. BES will sync that up wirelessly. Attachments, too. The attachment service in BES provides more functionality than you can get from Redirector. So there are definite advantage. And I haven't even listed all of them.

BTW, Desktop Redirector reads email from the Exchange Server directly, no from Outlook. You can have *just* the Redirector running, and Outlook not, and it'll still pull emails that arrive for you and send them to the BB.
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So the only way to wirelessly sync outlook then is to use BES? Say for example you enter a meeting request in your schedule on your BB, if your using BES it would wirelessly add that to your outlook, and if others in the office shared your calendar and were invited to the meeting they'd get the invitation?

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In short, yes.
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