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Hi,
we want to use BES with exchange so that moblie users can access view their emails/contacts/calendar at any time.
I did see in this forum that you can not sync with exchange public folders wirelessly, is this correct ? we want our blackberry devices and outlook users to use the same central exchange public calendar and contact folders, is this possible ?
We also need to be able to search the contacts with multiple search terms.
In outlook you can set up user defined fields and then do an advanced find like
search for
field1 = 'somevalue' and
field2 = 'someothervalue' etc
is it possible to do this from a blackebrry.
If not do the devices do boolean searches, ie if we put a list of the field values in say the notes section of an outlook contact could we search via the blackberry for 'somevalue someothervalue etc' and the device return a list of matches with the most words matched at the top of the list ?
I see that there is a global LDAP lookup feature but this just seems to search for the contacts name, is it more powerful than that ?
I dont seem to be able to find a reference for what fields (from the many that are available) in an outlook contact would be synced with the contact data on the blackberry, can anyone point me in the right direction.
Finally if none of this is possible with a standard device is there any third party software for the devices that could what we need ?
thanks for your help
lee
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Hi,
we want to use BES with exchange so that moblie users can access view their emails/contacts/calendar at any time.
I did see in this forum that you can not sync with exchange public folders wirelessly, is this correct ? we want our blackberry devices and outlook users to use the same central exchange public calendar and contact folders, is this possible ?
We also need to be able to search the contacts with multiple search terms.
In outlook you can set up user defined fields and then do an advanced find like
search for
field1 = 'somevalue' and
field2 = 'someothervalue' etc
is it possible to do this from a blackebrry.
If not do the devices do boolean searches, ie if we put a list of the field values in say the notes section of an outlook contact could we search via the blackberry for 'somevalue someothervalue etc' and the device return a list of matches with the most words matched at the top of the list ?
I see that there is a global LDAP lookup feature but this just seems to search for the contacts name, is it more powerful than that ?
I dont seem to be able to find a reference for what fields (from the many that are available) in an outlook contact would be synced with the contact data on the blackberry, can anyone point me in the right direction.
Finally if none of this is possible with a standard device is there any third party software for the devices that could what we need ?
thanks for your help
lee
While your organization may be small and you might consider wanting to sync your entire GAL to people's BlackBerries, typically this environment is 5,000+ people (70,000 in mine!), and you just wouldn't want to do that.

You can perform a Lookup against the GAL when either addressing an email or from the Address Book. The only problem is you need to know some of the correct spelling of the person's name, and give enough of the name so you don't return a lot of hits.

Just select Lookup, enter as much of the name as you think will meet the above criteria, click the wheel, and an entry [xx matches nnnn] will appear. Click on that entry to see what came up. Only 20 hits will be displayed. Click the wheel and select Get More Entries to get, errr... more entries!

Once found, the entry can be added to your address book.
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