How exactly does BlackBerry get our emails from Microsoft Exchange server ?

- We have Microsoft Exchange Mail server 2007
- I have a personal blackberry
- We do not have black berry enterprise server
- Once I got my blackberry, I had to login to my phone provider blackberry login over web
 and gave this info:
 a. My email server address
b. My login email id
c. My password

 Now after that Emails are coming on blackberry and working fine back&forth.


1. Does blackberry has any software or plugin agent which it will install on my exchange(or) mail server to get my emails on to the device from the mail server ? If Yes what is it ?

2. I wanted to know the exact process which runs in the whole scenario . Emailing from blackberry.

(FYI: We DO NOT have black berry enterprise server)
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1) No, there is no software needed on the server in your scenario.  You're probably using IMAP to receive email, which is built into Exchange.

2) Your Blackberry receives email via IMAP.  By default, your BB will send using carrier's server.  Meaning, if you're on AT&T - you'll be using the AT&T server for sending.  

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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]Billing EngineerCommented:
> which it will install on my exchange(or) mail server
no. it will use the standard exchange server API to read/send emails, using your credentials.

>I wanted to know the exact process which runs in the whole scenario
so, it depends on what method you defined to use.

how deep into detail do you want to know, and why, actually?
I second dmessman's statement.

Could you also be using Pop3? All thats needed is the mail server and your login credentials for it to deliver mail. No additional software is needed. Its the same way the Iphone etc sync to exchange server. Through either an Exchange account or Pop3/IMAP
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No blackberry doesn't has anything installed on your exchange server, BIS (blackberry Internet Service) is using EWS (Exchange Web Services) to sync you emails with exchange.

On the opposite of what was stated above you are NOT using pop3 or IMAP (both are disabled by default on exchange 2007) but you are using Exchange Web Services
it's true that IMAP is not enabled by default, but as far as I know - BIS gives you three options for receiving email:


OWA requries more setup than simply username, password, and mail server - so given what was described, I figured it was IMAP.
@dmessman apologies I thought I read in the OP that he used OWA

what I said still hold for the "owa option"
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