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I was thinking of getting my wife and I a Blackberry each. We'd like to sync these two units with the same PC / same database. Is this possible, or do we have to sync to two separate computers? I've tried this with two Palm Pilots, and the database kept getting double entries.

We'd be using the standard, home, desktop software.

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You can sync two blackberries to the same outlook, but I'd recommend that you only import information from outlook to the handhelds, and only create appointments in outlook, otherwise you're bound to run into a mess of problems
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Well--now if you set up TWO different Outlook Profiles... i.e., sign in your computer under different user names, you should be fine.
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I was thinking of getting my wife and I a Blackberry each. We'd like to sync these two units with the same PC / same database. Is this possible, or do we have to sync to two separate computers? I've tried this with two Palm Pilots, and the database kept getting double entries
Greetings and Welcome to the Forum

I do the exact same thing you are asking about here. I have four different BB's and my wife has one. I like to change from one to another just because I like choices and I have'nt met a BB I didn't like yet......

I use the personal BIS service, the desktop manager, and Outlook 2003 on my laptop. From this one Outlook database (with 3,200 contacts) I sync with anyone of the four BB's I own, as well as her BB. I have a very dynamic busy schedule so therefore I sync at least twice a day, plus once in the evening of hers so that she and I are ready the next morning.

The sync process is amazing, about 10 seconds and I'm ready to go. Completely reliable, stable and super fast. The BlackBerry is the first PDA or Smartphone all of all the platforms I've had that sync's so flawlessly.

I did have problems initially with the older version of desktop manager that came in the box with the BlackBerry's. Then I learned from someone else on this forum the solution was to run the newer desktop manager 4.2.0.10 (July 26, 2006) or later. So I went to the RIM website and downloaded this version (free) and it works perfectly everytime.

Once in a great while (1 out of 200 syncs) it will not sync correctly probably because my database is so large. However this only occurs when I connect a BB that I have not used for awhile. And the solution is super easy and fast:

With the BB plugged in via USB cable, open the desktop manager, double click on the backup and restore icon. Click on Advanced
On the right side window it will be labeled Device Databases. The first entry is address book, click on this to highlight it. Then click on the button below to "Clear" it. Repeat this same procedure of selecting the calendar, and tasks. Once those three fields are clear your BB will be empty of data. The click "Close" to get back to the desktop main window. From that window double click on Synchronize and it will restore all that data you just cleared. As well as anything new in the computer.

I do this once a week even if I'm not having problems, just becuase my database is huge, this process is easy to do, and then I know everything is "Fresh" if you will. Also it's very important for you to know that I have been doing this for over six months with no problems whatsoever.

If you have any further questions, please ask. I'm sure you will be very happy with two BB's sync'd to one computer.

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Thanks Archer, WOW, 5 BBs? You are past addicted.

Very helpful info.
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Thanks Archer, WOW, 5 BBs? You are past addicted.

Very helpful info.
Oh.... yes..... I'm way past addicted.......

I'm.....uh.....duh......lost perhaps? A cross-addicted person... mobiles & laptops!
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I hope you dont have them all on your belt at one time. You could cause a vibration that would set off alarms in California.
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I hope you dont have them all on your belt at one time. You could cause a vibration that would set off alarms in California.
Ten points for your humor...... thanks.......
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Do you set up any restrictions on how sync takes place? Meaning, do you only allow desk to Blackberry writing, while prohibiting Blackberry to desk?

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Greetings and Welcome to the Forum

I do the exact same thing you are asking about here. I have four different BB's and my wife has one. I like to change from one to another just because I like choices and I have'nt met a BB I didn't like yet......

I use the personal BIS service, the desktop manager, and Outlook 2003 on my laptop. From this one Outlook database (with 3,200 contacts) I sync with anyone of the four BB's I own, as well as her BB. I have a very dynamic busy schedule so therefore I sync at least twice a day, plus once in the evening of hers so that she and I are ready the next morning.

The sync process is amazing, about 10 seconds and I'm ready to go. Completely reliable, stable and super fast. The BlackBerry is the first PDA or Smartphone all of all the platforms I've had that sync's so flawlessly.

I did have problems initially with the older version of desktop manager that came in the box with the BlackBerry's. Then I learned from someone else on this forum the solution was to run the newer desktop manager 4.2.0.10 (July 26, 2006) or later. So I went to the RIM website and downloaded this version (free) and it works perfectly everytime.

Once in a great while (1 out of 200 syncs) it will not sync correctly probably because my database is so large. However this only occurs when I connect a BB that I have not used for awhile. And the solution is super easy and fast:

With the BB plugged in via USB cable, open the desktop manager, double click on the backup and restore icon. Click on Advanced
On the right side window it will be labeled Device Databases. The first entry is address book, click on this to highlight it. Then click on the button below to "Clear" it. Repeat this same procedure of selecting the calendar, and tasks. Once those three fields are clear your BB will be empty of data. The click "Close" to get back to the desktop main window. From that window double click on Synchronize and it will restore all that data you just cleared. As well as anything new in the computer.

I do this once a week even if I'm not having problems, just becuase my database is huge, this process is easy to do, and then I know everything is "Fresh" if you will. Also it's very important for you to know that I have been doing this for over six months with no problems whatsoever.

If you have any further questions, please ask. I'm sure you will be very happy with two BB's sync'd to one computer.

Cheers....
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Do you set up any restrictions on how sync takes place? Meaning, do you only allow desk to Blackberry writing, while prohibiting Blackberry to desk?
From the desktop mgr, when double clicking on "Synchronize" the window appears with two tabs. I choose the Configuration Tab, Config Sync button, then I highlight one of the handheld applications, such as Calendar, click the Advanced button , then Conflict Resolution Tab, Under Options I choose, Notify Me When Conflicts Occur. (in fact I have all my apps set this way).

I find this choice the best option for me, as then if there is a conflict a dialog box appears which allows me to choose the action I wish to take. In the event there is no conflict it automatically brings the most current info into either Outlook or my handheld depending on which one has the most current info. This way at the end of the sync all the current data including anything new that was added to one and not the other, is now on both.

After years of trying different devices such as PDA's other Smartphones, etc. The way the desktop manager handles Sync's is absolutely the fastest and most stable of all. I am competely satisfied with the exemplary performance of the BlackBerry platform.
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Default two active blackberries for one enterprise acct?

Ok, so you use 4 blackberries with your account. Since it works fine for you, does it mean it will work in my situation?

I have my own blackberry now. It runs off my work's enterprise server. My work wants everyone to use a corporate blackberry (one that they would buy for us and that they own). I would continue to use my own bb as my phone, but I don't want to carry two blackberries around.

Can I let IT sync the work bb, then I sync my own bb on my own, and ditch the corporate bb and continue to use my own without them knowing?
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