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Force Opera to use BES

Posted on 2010-03-29
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Last Modified: 2013-11-21
OK, I know similar questions have been asked but is it now possible at all to force Opera to go through BES?  In my experimentation, I've found that Opera will only work with a WiFi connection to my Blackberry but not through my carrier's Internet connection.  Is this typical?  This also means that Opera can't access Intranet sites that I can access through the native browser.

If Opera can't be routed through BES, is there a way to disable the ability to install it yet still allow other applications to be installed by users?
Question by:kcorbinakc
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by:Gary Cutri
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To force all data via the BES you can implement the I.T Policies below.  Please note that even if Opera Mini uses the MDS service it can bypass an internal filtering that you may have in place.

1. Device-Only Items > Enable WAP Config = False. This will remove the carriers WAP browser.

2. Browser Policy Group > MDS Browser Title = <company name> Internet (e.g. BBForums Internet). This clearly identifies the MDS browser to users.

3. Browser Policy Group > Allow IBS Browser = False. This removes the internet browsing service that allows users to bypass the MDS service.

4. Browser Policy Group > MDS Browser Use Separate Icon = True. This ensures a separate icon on the home screen for the MDS browser.

5. Service Exclusivity policy group> Allow Other Browser services = False. This will allow no other browser services except for the BlackBerry Browser to access the web.


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I've already got those policies in place actually.  But if I have WiFi enabled on the Blackberry and it's connected to a wireless network, Opera works and there's no filtering/limiting it and I can't access intranet sites either.  So, this leaves my original questions.  Are there no options for controlling the WiFi connection in BES?  I would think there would have to be considering the possible security risks of un-encrypted WiFi traffic, etc.
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Gary Cutri earned 2000 total points
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All you need to do is disable the Hotpot Browser via the I.T Policy and then all data will be directed back to the MDS service even when connected via WiFi.

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Actually I found this while looking for the setting you mentioned:
"Some wireless service providers disable access to the BlackBerry Enterprise Server using a Wi-Fi connection as the default for BlackBerry smartphones. Unless the system administrator sets the Disable WLAN Access to BES IT policy rule to false on the BlackBerry Enterprise Server, the wireless service provider default prevents the BlackBerry smartphone from accessing the BlackBerry Enterprise Server using a Wi-Fi connection."

This has a a somewhat better result in that I can still leave WiFi enabled, but Opera is inoperable.  Too bad we still can't force Opera to use BES as the 5 beta browser is more like a full featured desktop browser.

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