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Blackberry Enterprise Server and Active Directory

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Last Modified: 2013-12-24
We are in the process in reconfiguring our company network, which will involve the creation of new domain controllers and a new AD forest. What impact will this have on our Blackberry Enterprise Server (we currently use version 3.6 Service Pack 2)? Are there configuration changes that will need to happen in Blackberry Enterprise Server and if so, where/how are these done?
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A new Forest will require a new Exchange server and a new BES server. You can do forest to forest trusts, but you need 1 Exchange server per forest, basically.

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Everything on our current forest will be migrated to the new one, including our current Exchange and BES servers. What will need to be done in BES when it is transitioned to the new forest from the old forest?

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How are you doing the migration? What exactly are you looking to do?

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I am not aware of all the technical details of the migration, however, the main steps to be taken include: (1) create new domain controllers and build new AD forest, (2) move servers to new domain, including establishing Exchange directory synchronization, and (3) configuring all network apps (including BES) to work within the new domain, as opposed to the old one.

In step 3, I am trying to understand what settings/changes will need to be adjusted/made to BES to get it to work appropriately within the new domain. What settings do we need to change? What configurations need to be made?

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Any reason you have not upgraded to 4.1.6?

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There is no particular reason we haven't upgraded. Is there any benefit?

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All the links on http://www.experts-exchange.com/Networking/Misc/Q_21947648.html appear to link to pages that have been removed. Any other related info?
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The biggest reason you should upgrade is support. Very few companies use BES 3.6. My company upgraded from it about 5 years ago ;)

Check our RIM's site www.blackberry.com for the features. The biggest is that as you upgrade your BES syncs a lot more.. calendar, deleted items, contacts, tasks. You are living in the stone age of blackberry.

As long as you follow the permissions settings in RIM's install guides (also listed on their site) you shouldnt have any issues w/ your BES.
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ALogvin, so just so the author hears it from someone else, you would also recommend he upgrade to 4.1.6 in this situation as well, like I mentioned above?

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Absolutely 100% yes Jdera.
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