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Blackberry Enterprise Server 10

Hi Experts,

My company are thinking of buying the new Blackberry phones (Z10 and Q10). We are aware that our phone providers are not going to be offering the BIS services for these new phones but it is critical for us to keep this. So we are considering installing a Blackberry Enterprise Server from scratch. We have been researching this but we still have some questions that we cant seem to answer. Mainly do we need BES 5 to install BES 10?
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Mike SullivanDirectorCommented:
Hi mhbland,

The Q10 and Z10 handsets both support Exchange ActiveSync for email/calendar/contacts. Unless you absolutely have to have the security functions of BES (which you probably don't if you are using BIS) then I'd just ignore BES and use ActiveSync.

And, just to answer your second point, no you don't need BES 5 to install BES 10. They are separate platforms and work independently of each other.

Regards,

Mike
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mhblandAuthor Commented:
Hi Mike,

Thanks for your answer. its not so much for the security features which are a huge plus anyways but the data compression and the email functionality. Where you can send to a separate mailbox to the phone but still reply as the origin address.
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Mike SullivanDirectorCommented:
Hi mhbland,

The data compression on the BlackBerry 10 handset has been severely stripped down in comparison to previous versions. The only thing that gets compressed is email text and the compression doesn't make a huge difference to the quantity of data being used.

Setting up the BB10 handsets with either BES10 or ActiveSync will give full synchronisation between the handset and the mailbox. If you are considering going to BES10, forget it and go for ActiveSync unless you absolutely have to have the advanced security features of BES. Also, bear in mind that the standard security features of BES are available through ActiveSync anyway - the ability to enforce passwords on the handset, remote wipe, etc.

Mike
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mhblandAuthor Commented:
Hi Mike,

Thanks for that info. The compression would be necessary for emails mainly as we receive hundreds daily and when roaming it can be very expensive. From our tests with active sync it uses up to 10x the amount of data. regarding the emailing features I will need to look take a closer look as one of the main considerations for this purchase to BES is to be able to have our main Exchange mailbox untouched by the mobile device but still be accessible. How we work it now is out main box forwards a copy of the mail to the Blackberry mailbox but when we reply it will use the original email address and not the Blackberry email.

Thanks for all the help.
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mhblandAuthor Commented:
I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

The main question of whether you can sync one way using BES 10 has not been answered
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Mike SullivanDirectorCommented:
That was not part if the original question?
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mhblandAuthor Commented:
Hi Mike your right it is a follow up question
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