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Old 01-31-2011, 07:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hoping someone can help.. I have a BB Bold from my company and there is an IT policy on it that will not allow apps. I found stuff on how to wipe and remove it but the problem is that when I do that I need my IT set up my company email again.

My manager told me that he did something to his before he had them set up his email service so that he could still download and use apps. I gather that this is something on the BB that ignores the IT policy but IT is not aware of it. Does this make sense? He does not have the files anymore...

I have a new BB that they are going to swap out... if the above does not make sense to anyone, is there away to take my new BB and load all the apps I want (now) so that they will work once I give it to IT to set up my work email?

Note: the new BB bold was sent to me and I have made a backup of my old one.. I set everything up except the work email. It is when IT sets that up that the policy is added.

I appreciate any help...

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First, it must be said that even attempting to circumvent an IT Policy is often grounds for immediate termination.

Second, there is no way around an IT Policy. Even if you remove it, the BES server will simply push it back onto your device. They were designed by RIM so you cannot just work around them. I seriously doubt your manager's story. In fact, I call outright "BS".
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Thanks for the help...

He might be BS'ing me..he got to the manager level by being proficient in that. But he does have apps that work. Do you think that he loaded them before he handed over to the IT guys? Will the BES block the use of those apps even if they are installed before the IT policy?

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Will the BES block the use of those apps even if they are installed before the IT policy?
Yes, if the BES admin wants them blocked, then they will be blocked and/or removed entirely.
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I am thinking that he got his BB set up without the IT policy put in. He probably talked to someone and got it through..he did not want to tell. That is OK...I will do a half a$$ job for him all day tomorrow.

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If the device is on BES, it has an IT policy. There's no way to not have one.
Maybe that other user's IT Policy is less restictive, but it's definitely there if his device is active on BES.
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I am thinking that he got his BB set up without the IT policy put in. He probably talked to someone and got it through..he did not want to tell. That is OK...I will do a half a$$ job for him all day tomorrow.

Thanks to both of you...
Actually, there are some apps (like the gmail app) that will work with some BES service policies if you download and install it before you connect to the BES. Unfortunately, once BES gets a hold of your BB, there isn't any way to get new apps onto your device (unless your IT service policy allows it).
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Hi Guys...

Hoping someone can help.. I have a BB Bold from my company and there is an IT policy on it that will not allow apps. I found stuff on how to wipe and remove it but the problem is that when I do that I need my IT set up my company email again.

My manager told me that he did something to his before he had them set up his email service so that he could still download and use apps. I gather that this is something on the BB that ignores the IT policy but IT is not aware of it. Does this make sense? He does not have the files anymore...

I have a new BB that they are going to swap out... if the above does not make sense to anyone, is there away to take my new BB and load all the apps I want (now) so that they will work once I give it to IT to set up my work email?

Note: the new BB bold was sent to me and I have made a backup of my old one.. I set everything up except the work email. It is when IT sets that up that the policy is added.

I appreciate any help...

Hartwa..
Hi Hartwa,
Actually there is an option on the BES to enable a single user to install software, that answer the question for 'how did my boss did it' but it also answer your question that, Yes it is possible to install apps BUT your IT department have to allow you to do it.
So, my suggestion is, send an email to your boss asking him the permission like he did to be able to install apps.
He is probably not aware of how it got done, but if he mention it to you IT department, they probably just 'enable' his BB.
Cheers!
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