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Exchange 2010 - Outlook - Gmail - Blackberry Sync - IMAP ?

Guy Poirier
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Hello.

Issue:

I have multiple Blackberry users, in a Windows 2011 Small Business Server environment running Exchange Server.  Our email is hosted via GMAIL.  Clients are runnig outlook 2007 / 2010 to manage email, shared calednars, public calendars, and public contacts.

Currently the pop email account is linked though the blackberry mail system to allow the blackberry's to pickup/ and send email from the gmail accounts.

We do not use the gmail interface via the web, unless we are unable to access our email via our local pop clients.  Within the LAN, and when travelling.

Calendars are a big deal, we have public calendars which get modified and updated daily, along with user calendar sharing.

We currently do not use BES server.

Options ?

I have thought about using IMAP for the blackberry users HOWEVER, how will this impact the calendars, along with what is happening within the users gmail account. ?  Pros ? Cons ? Opionions ?

I have thought of using a BES server, pros ? cons ? opinions ?

I also have the option of using OWA, but that doesn't solve anything except give the clients access to email / calendars from any workstation.

I have been reading about google sync, again, Pros ? Cons ? Options ?

So many options, which one is the best for long term, and ease of use.

I appreciate everyones input and I am willing to offer points to anyone who is able to shed some light on what the most effective solution would be.

Thanks
Todd.
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Blackberrys are already a part of the organization, its not a question of replacing them, but making them work more efficiently with our existing setup, So that being said, BES seems to be the ideal option here, regardless of what happens to RIM I can't see the BB being "removed" from organizations overnight, also they are the most secure mobil option.

I will definatly look into getting a BES server setup to handshake with the exchange server .

Thanks again for all of the comments ! Much appreciated.

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Good info again.  Thanks Lim and Rob.  I was unaware there were different flavors of the BB server.  Unfortunatly, I would need BES, BIS would fill a gap and one requirement, but making it seamless works better for me if both the calendars and contacts followed with the email.  If anyone else has anything to add its more than welcome. I will be rewarding the points in the AM to all who took the time to comment.  Thanks again

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>>"I was unaware there were different flavors of the BB server"
Actually BIS is not a server product but rather the standard (Blackberry Internet Service) offered to all, including home users.  

BES is an enterprise solution that allows full sync of e-mail, including deleted items and multiple folder levels, calendars, and contacts.  In addition it gives you complete control of the unit in that you can initiate policies as to password security, control applications the users can use, log phone and e-mail usage, and the ability to remotely lock or wipe the unit if lost. No other product will give you as much control and security over a handheld device of any make or model.  Windows has about 6 options to control their devices and most can be applied to iPhones, but BES has hundreds policy options.  This is why BES will not disappear overnight.
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