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BES 5.0 to BES Express

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Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Currently I have a SBS 2008 server and a 2008 Server which has BES 5.0 on it.

The business is moving over to BES Express for cost reasons and this is being installed on the small business server.  The existing BES server will be decomissioned and rebuilt.

Is there a confirmed process to do this?  I assume you install BES Express on the SBS first, wipe the users handsets and recreate them.  Then uninstall BES.  Simple...

Any guidelines would be appreciated.  Thanks
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Sudhakar KumarManager IT Delivery- II at Aon

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BES Express is beneficial when you have approx 75 BB accounts.

Some good information about BES Express.

http://us.blackberry.com/support/software/BlackBerry_Enterprise_Server_Express_FAQ.pdf

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Sounds good however having BES on a SBS server causes huge problems ie IIS.  They had this orginally hence the 2nd server unfortunately.

has anyone had to do this before?

Mike SullivanDirector

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BES Express sits happily on SBS. I've performed many installs in the past. What version of SBS are you using and what were the problems you faced?

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Mike, I was responding to you saying about putting BES on SBS.  Did you mean BES Express?

Are you therefore saying install BES Express on SBS first in conjunction with the existing BES.  Then install this transporter tool on either server which will be able to transfer existing info over to the new BES Express db?  I understand you have to have BES Express installed on a separate database.

Then I assume you simply uninstall the original BES through programs and features?
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Perfect advice and worked very well bar the contact duplication.  

Fairly straight forward once you realise what the Blackberry instance is!
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