Blackberry calendar sync with SBS 2003

Posted on 2009-02-13
Last Modified: 2014-11-12
I have been struggling with syncing Blackberry calendar in a SBS 2003 environment.  There would be a maximum of three BBs to sync to each users calendar. I tried installing BB Professional, but the instructions were geared more for full server instead of SBS, and I got frustrated.  Reading some posts here, it would seem it's not best practices to do the install on the primary DC anyway.  My main goal is to have the CALENDAR sync; the rest is not important.   What are my options?  Is the new Google Sync exchange-friendly?  I would really like a simple solution to put this behind me.
Question by:DanMan06
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    Assisted Solution

    BES should not be installed on a DC, but is can be done, just not recommended.  BPS, is made for smaller organizations and it can be installed on a DC or SBS, the permissions are important to get.   correct.

    As for your first question, the ideal but not wireless solution is to use a public calendar for the three people to use and then use desktop manager software for sync.

    As for the google, it is a good solution, you can have one calendar and have all three add it as a calendar to the bb.  The problem is it only works with 1 calendar. So you could keep the bb calendar and google calendar to sync, but exchange is let out of the mix.  Take a look at GooSync, as a solution with the google calendar and the bb.

    Author Comment

    Thanks for the reply, jdera.. Do you know if there are instructions specifically for an SBS vs. full server installation?  I would be happy to give BPS another try; each user would definitely need their own calendar though, and preferably the same one they see in Outlook.  
    The Google solution would only be viable if the calendar items were synced between Outlook and the Blackberry somehow, and it ultimately would be awesome if that could happen wirelessly.  Any experience with that?

    Accepted Solution

    Google mail solution was the way to go.
    1) I installed the 'Outlook calendar to Google calendar sync' software on the client PC, after creating a new Gmail account for the user.  Now, all calendar items are being synced between the new Gmail account and the local Outlook account, even though this is part of an Exchange environment.
    2) I then installed the 'Blackberry calendar to Google sync' software on the Blackberry.  
    - - Now, when the user creates or modifies a calendar item in either the Outlook client or on the Blackberry's calendar application, the item appears in both places within 10 minutes (make sure you set the options for 10 minutes instead of the default 120). Google calendar is simply the go-between conduit for the syncing of info.
    - - This is an Over-The-Air solution for the Blackberry; no desktop sync is required!
    For a first step, do a google search on 'Outlook Google Calendar sync' or refer to
    Secondly, do a google search on 'Blackberry Google Calendar sync' or refer to
    I set up three users this way, and using Google Calendar application on the Blackberry allows for shared calendars.  This also works (better) for iPhones!
    - - This solution is very easy to implement, does not put your server at risk from a potentially bad BBerry Pro Software implementation, and just WORKS!

    Author Comment

    Actually, the solution is 23758693.  I don't know how i messed this up!

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