Exchange 2010 SP3 with blackberry phones

Posted on 2013-10-01
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Last Modified: 2013-10-03

we have som users moving from a Blackberry Org without Exchange into our Exchange 2010 SP3 Org.

I am new to Blackberry and wonder what I get with Blackberry Express VS Blackberry Enterprise and what the installation looks like for the 2 versions? I am guessing activesync support is priority 1 for the Blackberry clients.
This is a basic environment.


Question by:DicomSupport
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by:Simon Butler (Sembee)
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There is no ActiveSync support on Blackberry, except for Blackberry 10 devices.
Therefore you have three versions of BES to worry about.

BES 10 - supports on Blackberry 10. Not strictly required as the Blackberry 10 devices can connect straight to Exchange using ActiveSync.

BES 5.x - the full product. Requires a BES subscription plan, licences, CALs etc. Most clients don't need this.

BES 5.x Express. A free version of BES 5. This suits most clients. Major advantage here is that it works with Blackberry devices on a BIS data plan.

You cannot install BES 10 and BES 5.x (either version) on the same server.


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Hi and thanks for the answer.

So if i get BB10 devices for all users we can live without a BB-server?

And the BES Express server can be installed on a separate server or the same server as Exchange 2010?


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Simon Butler (Sembee) earned 2000 total points
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You can install BES Express on the same server, it isn't really recommended and I try to avoid it where possible. BES is a bit of beast memory wise.

Blackberry 10 devices can be run without a BES if you want just the standard ActiveSync functionality.

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by:Brian B
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If they have pre-Q/Z devices and you plan to use a BES 5.x server, they will need to have their data plans moved from BIS to BES. Shouldn't cost anything (it never has for my clients, anyway), but it is required before it will work.
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by:Simon Butler (Sembee)
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Only if you are going to use full BES, not BES Express.
If you have got your devices moved to a BES plan for no extra cost then you have been very fortuante. Every provider I have dealt with has wanted an extra £20 or more a month for the service.


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