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Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES) on SBS 2008

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Last Modified: 2012-06-27
Can somebody tell me the best way to set up BES on Small Business Server 2008?  Assuming that there isn't yet a version available that will install and run smoothly, is virtualization the best way or a member server that just runs BES?
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tigermattSite Reliability Engineer
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The current issue with BES is its lack of support with Server 2008. At present, the implementations I am seeing are either keeping their current BES hardware (running Server 2003) on the network after migrating to Server 2008. Alternatively, if you don't have hardware currently running BES, and you have a powerful enough machine, you can virtualise as you have stated. The requirements for BES aren't over the top, so virtualisation on Server 2003 is currently the way forward without any existing hardware.



Thanks for the quick reply:
Once the SBS2008 box is running, we will still have the SBS2003 box available and it will still be  running BES.  Will an SBS2003 box happily sit as a member server on the SBS2008 network and talk to Exchange 2007 or will we need to change the platform?
Site Reliability Engineer
Most Valuable Expert 2011

Unfortunately not. You can only have one SBS machine per Active Directory domain (per the EULA), and if you go above this, both SBS boxes will start doing weird things like restarting every hour or so until the conflict is resolved.

The only route you'd have open to you would be to format the SBS and install Server 2003 Standard Edition, and then reinstall BES on top of that.


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With SBS sites I put BES in to a VM always. Then I don't have to worry too much about the host OS. I can move the VM around as required. It can start off on the server itself, and then be moved to its own hardware if resources and budget allow.

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