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what are the restrictions on multiple email accounts to one unit?

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hi all,
   wondering integrating Blackberry tech into my system.  The initail Blackberry units that will be used will be privately owned.  Will these individuals be able to have a business and a personal email account pushed to their unit?  And if so is it possible for unfiltered personal mail to infect the unit and then push the infection back to my system?  I did not know if there was a filtering process when they cradle at their desk.  Also is it only email or all of outlook that can be synced?  Thank you for any help htat you can provide.

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Using the Blackberry Enterprise server or the Desktop Redirector, the blackberry will recieve any mail that comes into the outlooK/exchange inbox that the user profile links to....including any pop3 mail that the mailbox is configured to recieve.  Using the provider's Web Client, pop3 mail is also available to the user.  Allowing private mail into your system is a threat....especially if it comes in through a sync rather that direct to your email system where hopefully you have AV scanning set up.
If you cannot restrict your BB users to just company mail, it is still not too big a threat to you because the mail does not actually get synced in terms of mail on the BB, but not in Outlook, being added to Outlook....what it does sync for mail is deletes, read/unread flags etc.  If that still worries you, you can set things so that, instead of a "sync" Outlook writes to the BB, but not the other way around.

I don't see it as a strong security issue....but it is a pain in the butt at times in terms of maintenance....keep the users to company mail only.....you may have to sell that to management as it is more of a management problem than a tech issue.

The Blackberry reconciles mail as I've laid out above.....and also does a full sync on calendar, contacts, notes and tasks.
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Once again JConchie Thank you for your help.  Have you gleaned this knowledge from use or literature?  If the later could you please pass on some direction on where to find it.  
   Thanks again,
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Much of what I know is from experience....three and a half years ago, we started out with 2 handhelds using TMobile's webclient, moved to half a dozen using desktop redirection and now have 15 using a BES.  I've gotten much useful information from the Blackberry site, mostly from downloading various admin's guides and white papers.
http://www.blackberry.com/support/index.shtml

Come back anytime you have more questions.
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