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Will Blackberry Server allow user to sync Calendar with Exchange Public Folder?

Will Blackberry Enterprise Server Small Business Edition running on Microsoft Server 2003 Small Business Server Edition SBS R2 allow me to sync an Exchange Public Calendar and a Nextel Blackberry 7100i's calendar?

I have a Group Calendar set up in the Public Folders that 10 users access and edit through Outlook simultaneously. A couple users need to sync their Blackberrys with this Group Calendar.

I hope there is a way using the BB server, but if not, how can I do this? They need to have one calendar that 10 people can access and edit and they need that calendar synchronized with a couple of Blackberrys. I am in the process of installing the Blackberry Server - it's my first.

Thanks,
Dan
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kaushal2004Commented:
as far as I remember about Blacberry Server, you should be able to sync public folder's calendar.  you will need to perform this on the server for each user who needs to have access.
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HighTechGeekAuthor Commented:
I am looking for step by step instructions. This is my first Blackberry Server.
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kaushal2004Commented:
It is a good idea to go through the instructions as you will find many rich features you can enable and disable.

which version of Blackberry Server are you using/installing?
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SembeeCommented:
The Blackberry will only sync the calendar in the user's mailbox - ie the default calendar. It will not sync calendars located anywhere else, such as a public folder or another mailbox. There is nothing native that will allow you to do that.
You will have to look at third party tools, such as Add2Exchange from Diditbetter.

Simon.
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kaushal2004Commented:
Hightechgeek...

In addition to Add2Exchange as Sembee suggested, another option is to use desktop redirector for specific users and point items in Public Folder to syn with their blackberry.  With desktop redirector, you can specifiy any folders in Mailbox or Public folders.

If you want to perform this task globally, then Sembee's suggestion is the best solution.
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HighTechGeekAuthor Commented:
Kaushal2004, I have a free 1 user trial of BlackBerry Enterprise Server  Small Business Edition v4.1 for Microsoft® Exchange - the latest version.

What is desktop redirector? Is that part of the BB server?

What is the purpose/benefit of a BlackBerry server? If I use Add2Exchange do I still need it in order to sync multiple blackberries with a single group calendar? Or is it only used to provide wireless synchronization as opposed to a cable connection at the users' desktop?

Thanks,
Dan
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SysExpertCommented:
BB Desktop manager is a separate program that goes on the client machine and allows for backing up data and selecting what neds to be synchronized manually. Free from the  Blackberry.com site

The BES server handles the wireless push of email / calendar etc, and also all the centrlized management, attachment conversions and the rest.

I hope this helps !
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kaushal2004Commented:
The desktop redirector is a stand alone push technology that synchronizes your outlook folders (as selected) and any PIM application to your blackberry hand held.  In order for the redirector to work, the workstation has to be up and running.

The Blackberry Server has the same functionality except for some very key features...
1.  Independent of workstation
2.  Only forwards folder selected from your email account
3.  Has security and PIN options to be reset from the server
4.  Ability to centrally manage all accounts and users from the server

The BES server is a wireless push technology.  Synchroniztion takes place once the handheld is recognized by the server via validating PIN/Security information stored between the handheld and server (handshake).  The radio and wireless on the handheld has to be turned on for synchroniztion to take place.

As long as the server is online and working in conjunction with Exchange server, the synchronization will take place.

Hope this sheds some more light.

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HighTechGeekAuthor Commented:
Okay, so I finally got Add2Exchange installed and working. The Group Calendar is syncing with the user's Private Outlook Calendar. Now I just need to get the User's Blackberry to sync with their local Outlook calendar. What is the difference between Desktop Redirector, Desktop Manager and Intellisync? In the past, the user would have to connect their BB to their PC and Intellisync would synchronize. Is that now obsolete, replaced by Desktop Manager which pushes synchronization out over the Internet so that the user never has to physically connect their BB to their PC?
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HighTechGeekAuthor Commented:
Ok I am upset. I spent 20 hours going through the 184 page Add2Exchange manual and setting it up on the server, creating rules to sync a public calendar with a user's private personal calendar. In the end, I installed BB Desktop Software 4.2 SP2 and found that I could simply pick the public folder of my choice to sync with the BB from the Intellisync module contained within the software. Did it. Done in 15 minutes. No Desktop Redirector (an option within the Desktop Software). No Blackberry Enterprise Server. At least I learned something! :-)
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SembeeCommented:
The desktop software is exactly that - desktop, it isn't over the air.
Each time I do Blackberry deployments I never install the desktop software on any machine other than a single management workstation.

Simon.
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HighTechGeekAuthor Commented:
Simon, It sounds like the desktop software you are referring to is some kind of BES management software?? I'm simply referring to the free BB Desktop software that comes with the device. I never got to the point where I installed BES. And I don't know if I will at this point.

I now understand that the only way to do it wirelessly over the air is with BES or Desktop Redirector. My primary concern was not about wireless vs. wired, but being able to sync with a public folder. I still don't know if BES or DR can do that, but I now know that the basic BB Desktop software v 4.2 SP2 will.

I appreciate everyone's helpful intentions. I'm just frustrated that I could have had a solution that took minutes to implement rather than days. Thanks for letting me vent!

I'm not sure what to do about accepting a solution at this point. I don't mind giving you guys points, but I don't want to point other people to an improper solution. The solution is really that if you want to sync a BlackBerry with a public calendar in Outlook, all you have to do is install the latest BlackBerry Desktop software and choose the public calendar in the Intellisync module.
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SembeeCommented:
The desktop software I am referring to is the same software that you have installed.
If you use a BES it is possible to run the Blackberry devices without installing anything on to the workstations. Everything runs over the air. The devices become an extension of the Outlook mailbox and actions on the Blackberry are synchronised with the mailbox on Exchange and vice-versa. If you haven't installed BES then you are not getting the best experience with Blackberry. I wouldn't dream of deploying Blackberry devices without BES. With nothing to install on the workstation management of the devices becomes much easier.

However BES does not sync public folders, which is why you would need the Add2Exchange product.

Simon.
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HighTechGeekAuthor Commented:
There is a lot of valuable information in this question/discussion (including a solution) that I would prefer not to delete. Thanks, kaushal2004, Sembee, SysExpert, for all your help and information!
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