BES Express Questions & Answers, and Live Pictures!

February 28, 2010 | By | 9 Comments

I’m really excited that RIM will be launching their BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express (BES X) server sometime next month. Ronen over at BerryReview got his hands on some great information about BES Express, which explains what we should expect from this new service. Ronen also got some great hands on pictures of BES Express in action… You can see all the pics here.

Continue reading to see all the questions and answers about BES Express…

Will it work on a regular BIS provisioned device?

  • We can confirm 100% that BES Express works on BIS contract devices. The only limitation is that you cannot do a wireless enterprise activation. Instead you will have to cable activate the device with either Desktop Manager, Web Desktop Manager, or BES Admin Web Console. This even works with BIS prepaid SIM cards!

Will wireless OTA PIM (Contacts, Calendar, Etc) work with a BIS provisioned device?

  • We can confirm that PIM synching works on BIS provisioned devices just like it does on BES provisioned devices.

What Features/Components did RIM take out of BES Express?

  • High Availability
  • Database Mirroring (Not say it cannot be done manually via SQL) – Built in BES component has been taken out.
  • Monitoring Core (SNMP monitoring still possible, SNMP Agent DLL still available – still trying to confirm Performance Monitor availability)
  • Enterprise Messaging and Enterprise Social Networking
  • Limited Policies – 35 instead of 450

Will there be a migration path from BPS to BES Express?

  • There is no supported migration path from BPS to BES Express. This is not officially supported and RIM is saying companies must install and re-activate from scratch.

Will there be a migration path from BES Express to BES 5.0 Enterprise?

  • So far RIM is saying that there will be no migration path from BES Express to BES 5.0 Enterprise.
  • THOUGH our source has tested using the Transporter for BES Premium and transported from Premium to Express it did cause BAS errors but no issues with the transport. The reverse was tested from Express to Premium with a successful Validation and transport. This is weird since BPS is supported from BPS to Enterprise in the Transporter.

How will licensing work? Will they be interchangeable?

  • RIM has learned from their licensing mess with BPS and Enterprise that it was possible to go to Enterprise from BPS without paying the upgrade since the same CAL’s used to work. The Express license is now different making use of a different format from that of Premium. The License Manager rejects the use of the Enterprise formatted CAL licenses.

Will there be support for BES Express?

  • Our source calls this a really sticky issue. RIM is saying that there will be almost no support for BES Express. Support will be through the regular online channels like forums, knowledge base, carrier, or third parties. Not sure how this will work out…

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  • Matt slade

    The download and install to a creaking SBS 2008 environment took around three hours in total, and was pretty straightforward. I wasn’t impressed with the amount of information BlackBerry needed to let me get the free download, and I got tripped up slightly when configuring the web server. However, for such a complex download I was impressed with how simple the step by step setup process was. In use I found BesX’s web-based GUI easy to get to grips with. It’s certainly an improvement over the interface on older versions of BES I’ve used. Web Desktop Manager was especially useful. Anything that hands back control of more boring tasks to users saves IT time. Working in a small business, BesX offers me all the control I need to run our BlackBerrys. Larger companies may need some of the more complex settings of full BlackBerry Enterprise Server.

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