Blackberry easier than you think

Blackberry Software Setup

blackberry-curve-8320-1Setting up Blackberry Professional Software for your Exchange environment may seem daunting- you get your arms into SQL, Exchange permissions, MAPI profiles… but the task is actually very simple, and with these four video guides from Blackberry the task couldn’t be simpler.

One strong recommendation we would make is to install SQL 2008 Express BEFORE installing BPS; it makes the install go much easier than if you use the SQL 2005 Express packaged with BPS.

http://www.blackberry.com/select/professional/installation_toolkit/module_1/

http://www.blackberry.com/select/professional/installation_toolkit/module_2/

http://www.blackberry.com/select/professional/installation_toolkit/module_3/

http://www.blackberry.com/select/professional/installation_toolkit/module_4/

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Remote Desktop multi-monitor support

Multiple monitors are great for productivity.  Here’s a tip to use multiple monitors with your remote desktop or terminal server connection.

Use the “/span” and “/f” command line switches for the Microsoft remote desktop client for dual monitor support.

e.g. to remote desktop into a Terminal Server named “myRDPname” from the command line and get the RDP client to span dual monitors in full screen mode:

mstsc /v:myRDPname /span /f

Switch

Description

/v

the remote machine name

/span

span across multiple monitors

/f

open in full screen mode

If you use the /? switch you can see all the command line arguments.

Migrating a Blackberry from one hosted server to another

At Corneredge we support all PDA’s to ensure full sync with all customer email services.  Blackberry’s are great for this, and typically very easy to setup.

I recently had to set up a Blackberry on a BES server on a new network we were supporting.  Despite repeated efforts, the Blackberry consistently made contact with the BES Server, and then failed on the IT Policy.

The issue was this: even if your bringing a blackberry from a domain (domain.com) in Site A into a same-named domain (domain.com) in Site B, you must break the connection that the Blackberry’s PIN has over the Blackberry network.  Until then, the Enterprise Activation will not work.  This type of situation would come up when you change your MX record, for example.

You basically have two options here:

1. Contact the old BES host in the old site and ask them to remove the PIN; or
2. Go to the Blackberry Device / Options /Advanced / Service Book, and blow away the value “”Desktop [CMIME]”.

Once that happens, the Blackberry brings you through the mail setup routine as if it were brand new out of the box, and will sync fine with your BES server in the new environment.