Originally Posted by crcsupport
Are you sure? Because I called Sprint/Nextel and they said, BES CAL also includes Exchange CAL. So I don't need to purchase Exchange CAL for every user usinb Blackberry with BES CAL.
Yes, we're sure. That doesn't even make logical sense. How would RIM's BlackBerry Enterprise Server, a standalone product that is not related to, endorsed by or supported by Microsoft, include client access licenses to Exchange? All BES does is use an Exchange mailbox and user that is set up during installation (BESAdmin usually) to intercept the mail and send it over to the BES for delivery to the BB and also does the reverse from the handheld [an oversimplification, but in essence that's how it works]. It isn't a part of Exchange or Exchange licensing. The user still has to be set up in Exchange and you can bet Microsoft is going to want their money for the user license. They don't care whether there's a BES involved or not.
On the other point, when you already have the server installed, the $100 is a small price to pay for all the features of the BES. Sure you can set up Exchange via BIS but the email will have a long 15-minute delay and there are is no wireless sync of PIM data (contacts, tasks, calendar, notes) or OTA backups. It makes is soooo much easier from a support standpoint to have the server automatically backup the handheld and the users don't even need to ever plug the BB into the desktop. The license fees are worth the seamless experience.