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Synchronizing Blackberry with a shared contacts and calendar on a SMS 2003

I have installed a Windows Small Business Server 2003 for a CPA firm. They wanted to be able to access a single contact list and calendar. A shared contacts and calendar was created on the server. All workstation computers were directed to find the shard contacts and the calendar on the server, leaving the email locations to the users computer. Everything has been working as designed.

The owner, now wants to be able to synchronize his Blackberrry telephone to the shared contacts and the shared calendar on the server. Since the Blackberry software is setup to synchronize locally do you know of any instructions available to synchronize the Blackberry to the shared contacts and calendar on the server?

Thanks,
Al
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duffman76Commented:
You cannot sync the blackberry with a shared Calendar or public folder or really anything other then the users standard mailbox.  You may be able to copy the contacts from the shared location locally and let it sync using that.
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
This can be done with a 3rd Party app:  http://www.diditbetter.com/add2exchange.aspx

Jeff
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duffman76Commented:
I have not heard good things about the application but I have not used it myself which is why I did not mention it.  Most forums avoid it but it is the only app that does what you are asking for.
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
The thing is that using a shared calendar as they have done is really not the recommended way to configure Outlook or their Exchange Mailbox.

Instead, shared appointments should be distributed to all users to accept on their OWN calendar (ie, Meeting Requests), which would easily sync with a Blackberry or any other mobile device.

Jeff
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arccomputerservicesAuthor Commented:
Sorry for the delay on this comment.

After my own search for a workable solution, and with the opinions of our Experts at Expert-Exchange, I advised my client (the owner) to let me set the Outlook up as it is designed. Even though the add on software is available I have no experience with it and couldn't promise that it will configure exactly like the he wanted it. Plus, it was another expense to incur. He thought it over and agreed!

A big thanks to duffman76 and TechSoEasy for your expertise. A think a 50-50 split for this solution is in order.

Al
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