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March 31, 2012  10:39 PM

Today is the last day for BES upgrade

Posted by: Raj Perumal
Android, Apple, BES, BlackBerry, free playbook, RIM, upgrade

Hi folks, so as you may have heard , today was the last day to upgrade BES to the latest version and be eligible for the free PlayBook. I'm not sure how many people took advantage of this offer but I'd love to see the numbers. RIM's recent quarterly results indicate that things haven't been...

May 31, 2010  11:58 PM

RIM needs to get rid of BES and find something better

Posted by: Raj Perumal
Android, BES, iPhone, RIM

Hi folks, as you know I am a big proponent of BlackBerry, but I have to admit less and less these days. Why is that you may ask? Because of my horrible experiences with BES 5. Realistically I think that RIM just needs to get rid of BES 5 and get something better. They need to go back to what...

May 31, 2010  3:19 PM

What is up with the BES 5 interface?

Posted by: Raj Perumal
BES, management interface, RIM, web interface

Hi folks! So for those of you that upgraded to BES 5 you have probably noticed one thing that you hated right off the bat. The BES 5 interface sucks! The BlackBerry Manager interface is gone now and you are forced to use what I can only describe as the worst web interface since the dawn of the...

January 21, 2010  10:18 PM

Pushing out apps via BES

Posted by: Raj Perumal
BES, BlackBerries, BlackBerry, centralized management, push application, push software, RIM

Hello again folks! So have you ever wondered how you can use BES for just more than syncing your email to your BlackBerries? Well there is one thing that is great, and that's centralized management! With BES you can push your own software out to the BlackBerries in the field fairly easily. It...

December 17, 2009  4:43 PM

A Black Eye for BlackBerry

Posted by: Raj Perumal
BES, BIS, BlackBerry, email, network down, network outage, outage, RIM

Hi folks! So today isn't a good day for RIM! It's also not a good day for customers, especially if you use BIS instead of BES. RIM is experiencing some network issues today that is affecting customers across North America. The issues are causing delays in emails for any customers on the BIS...

December 16, 2009  2:16 PM

BES 5 now supports Exchange 2010

Posted by: Raj Perumal
BES, BES 5 SP1 MR1, BES 5.0, BlackBerry, Blackberry Enterprise Server, Exchange 2010 support, RIM

Hi folks, this just in, BES 5 now supports Exchange 2010! This is happening with Maintenance Release 1. Up until now people were limited to trying to find not so easy hacks to make this work and they would still run into lots of errors. Some people who were running Exchange 2003 and wanted to...

July 31, 2009  4:24 AM

Google Apps for BES

Posted by: Raj Perumal
BES, BlackBerry, Blackberry Enterprise Server, Google Apps Connector, RIM

Hi folks, some more news from the BlackBerry front. So the latest salvo fired in the mobility wars comes from Google and BlackBerry. You've all heard of Google Apps, and you've all heard of GMail. Currently you can receive your GMail on your BlackBerry by installing the GMail app. Unfortunately...

December 13, 2008  6:41 PM

BlackBerry Device software version 4.5 available for Canadians

Posted by: Raj Perumal
battery dies, battery drain, Bell, BES, BlackBerry, BlackBerry Curve, BlackBerry device software 4.5, Bluetooth, CAnada, Canadians, HTML e-mail, HTML email, MTS, Telus

Recently the latest software revision came out for our BlackBerries for us Canadians that use BlackBerries. Also for you BES users, the latest maintenance release is out and it provides HTML email support. I recently tried these updates out and I have to say I love them. My BlackBerry Curve now...

December 1, 2008  1:19 AM

Using BES (BlackBerry Enterprise Server) with Exchange and Multiple GALs (Global Address Lists)

Posted by: Raj Perumal
BES, BlackBerry, Blackberry Enterprise Server, Exchange, Exchange Domain Servers Group, GAL, global address lists, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Exchange 2003, multipe GALs, multiple global address lists, offline address list, Outlook, sync appointments, sync calendar

Hi folks, here's an issue you might run into and tear your hair out over. If you have a BES server working with Exchange and are using multiple GALs (Global Address Lists) in your environment, how do you setup the BES service account to access all the users in the different GALs? Well the...

October 1, 2008  4:16 AM

RIM releases Maintenance Release 1 for BES 4.1 SP6 for Microsoft Exchange

Posted by: Raj Perumal
BES, BES 4.1 SP6 MR1, BlackBerry Enterprise Server 4.1 SP6 Maintenance Releas,, Microsoft Exchange

Hi folks, RIM has just released Maintenance Release 1 for BES 4.1 SP6. They had announced this earlier but then retracted the announcement because they had only released it for Domino. Now they've finally released the version for Microsoft Exchange. As per usual, follow proper patching...

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