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Old 08-02-2006, 09:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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We have a small company (40 employees) and we have been using a hosted POP service for our company email. I have been using a BB for two years and have had my company email forwarded to Mailstreet.com for the wireless syncing ability. I really hate the 100MB limit but the wireless syncing of folders, task, and calendar has been worth the trade off of setting up rules and the $20.00 a month I spend for it. We have now purchased an Exchange 2003 server to host our own email and we are trying to implement 6-7 blackberry's for the existing sales staff. Is the BES server the only option for us to get the wireless syncing of email, calendar and task? The $1,500 is quite a bit for a small company our size that will only have maybe at the most 8-10 blackberry users.

Our I.S. is recomending Windows moblie devices seeing how with Service Pak 2 you can get push email and real syncing of folders but I hate the Windows devices and want to stay with my blackberry device. Alltel is our provider if that makes any difference.

Thanks in advance for any advice or thoughts.
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Do a search on BES Express. You get the BES software for free, but with a 15 user limit. You just have to buy CALS so your overall cost will be lower than $1500.
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Do a search on BES Express. You get the BES software for free, but with a 15 user limit. You just have to buy CALS so your overall cost will be lower than $1500.
Thanks Doug - but where do we find the pricing per CAL then? I did a search and I could not find that. Also, how difficult is is to set up the BES Express on a 2003 Exchange Server? This is our first leap into Exchange so I am worried that adding the BES Express on top of it may be a little bit too much to try to take on in the beginning. Is there a way to still have our email just sent to the BB once we get our own Exchange Server without the wireless syncing?

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Thanks Doug - but where do we find the pricing per CAL then? I did a search and I could not find that. Also, how difficult is is to set up the BES Express on a 2003 Exchange Server? This is our first leap into Exchange so I am worried that adding the BES Express on top of it may be a little bit too much to try to take on in the beginning. Is there a way to still have our email just sent to the BB once we get our own Exchange Server without the wireless syncing?

Thanks again.
I'm not an exchange expert, but from what I've read in the forums you would not want to run BES express on the same server as exchange. Best to run in on a standalone PC/server.
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Is there a way to still have our email just sent to the BB once we get our own Exchange Server without the wireless syncing?
You can add a forwarding address in AD for each user. You would need to create a contact only entry for each user's BIS address ("user"@"BISaddress") and forward a copy of all messages to that email. You would also need to change the "From:" address in each blackberry's email setup, otherwise respondents will be sending email to JUST the blackberry.

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Each user can create a rule (if they're using Outlook) to have any and/or all messages forwarded to their appropriate contact address mentioned above.
Again you need to change the "From:" address in email setup.

I have two people using the second method and it isn't perfect, but it works. Sync is by pc connection only.

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