"Clearing" IT Policy DISCLAIMER: The attached Policy.bin (in the Zip file) sets the Firewall to Enabled and locked!. I have searched - no scoured the Internet for an IT Policy that unlocks the Firewall, but have not been able to find it. Additionally, I have been told there is no such thing.
I have been using a BlackBerry with the Firewall enabled with no problem.
If you have an IT Policy that unlocks this setting, please PM it to me! I'd prefer the INF file, but would be happy to get the BIN file.
BlackBerry IT Policy is an advanced security feature allowing management of virtually every setting on a BlackBerry connected to a BlackBerry Enterprise Server. Typically, this crops up when a BlackBerry is aquired second hand or someone leaves the company that managed the BES and a clean Policy was not applied before breaking the connection with the BES.
Applying a "blank" IT Policy is not too difficult, there are just a lot of things that need to be set up before it can happen. The actual replacing of the policy literally takes seconds! There used to be an excelent How To on the Internet, but it's gone.
Before proceeding, understand that IT Policy can NOT be overridden! That is, if you are on a BES and attempt to clear your company's IT Policy as outlined here, your company's IT Policy will be reapplied as soon as you begin the Enterprise Activation process required to connect to your company's BES - so don't even bother!
Here is EVERYTHING you need to have and what to do:
You must have:
- Desktop Manager 4.1 or higher installed in Internet mode - Enterprise mode will not work.
As this implies, you must also have your BlackBerry and a USB cable to connect your BlackBerry to Desktop Manager.
I do not know if a BlueTooth connection will work, and would not recommend it anyway!
(Scripting note: If DM is set up in Internet mode, the registry entry "RedirectorConfiguration" under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Research In Motion\BlackBerry\Manager\Extensions" will NOT exist)
- Have wiped your BlackBerry before starting.
- Go to Options --> Security Options --> General Settings, Click the Menu button or Scroll wheel and select Wipe handheld.
- You can also set a password and enter it incorrectly 10 times.
- If you need to retain data, do a Selective backup (use the Advanced button) and only backup data
- A blank policy.bin file (in the attached Zip file) saved to %ProgramFiles%\Research In Motion\BlackBerry\policy.bin where %ProgramFiles% a system environment variable and typically (although not always) set to C:\Program Files. A blank poicy.bin is in the attached policy.zip.
- A registry entry needs to be made. The easiest way is to simpy go to Start and select Run and enter the following command (Win2K and higher): Code:
reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Research In Motion\BlackBerry\Policy Manager" /v Path /t REG_SZ /d "c:\Program Files\Research In Motion\BlackBerry\policy.bin"
NOTE: If your environment variable %ProgramFiles% is not C:\Program Files, replace C:\Program Files with the appropriate value. In some European distributions of Windows %ProgramFiles% is C:\Programs. To find the value of your environment variable, open a command prompt window and type set program and hit [Enter]. You whould get the response ProgramFiles=C:\Program Files. Use whatever it says to the RIGHT of the equal sign.
- Desktop Manager 4.1 or higher installed with Internet settings, and able to connect to the BlackBerry to be cleared.
- Wipe the BlackBerry to be cleared
- Extract policy.bin in the attached policy.zip to C:\Program Files\Research In Motion\BlackBerry\policy.bin
- The following registry entry:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Research In Motion\BlackBerry\Policy Manager
"Path"="C:\Program Files\Research In Motion\BlackBerry\policy.bin"
Now, start Desktop Manager, and once it's up and running plug in your BlackBerry. When Desktop Manager connects, it will briefly say it's working, and then stop. Give it a good 10-15 seconds just to be sure. Your BlackBerry should now have the default factory IT Policy applied without any restrictions.