Our main man (to borrow from Ahmad Rashad), Jibi, once again flexes his insider IT knowledge, this time concerning an IT policy that has pestered BES admins for years. Previously, admins had been unable to remove IT policy on a BlackBerry that was formerly on a BlackBerry Enterprise Server. Jibi tells us that RIM has now added the ability for BES admins to send a kill command that will remotely wipe the device and set it back to “Factory Defaults”, removing the IT Policy (and third-party applications), in addition to the command’s standard wiping tasks.
Jibi says the feature is available in BES 4.1 SP4 and only applies to OS 4.2.2 and above devices (i.e. BlackBerry Curve and 8830).
Remote Wipe Reset to Factory Defaults
Specify whether the BlackBerry device resets itself to factory default settings when it receives the Erase Data and Disable Handheld IT Admin command over the wireless network. Set this IT policy rule to True to require the BlackBerry device to permanently delete its stored IT policy and delete all third party applications, in addition to performing the BlackBerry device wipe process.
If you do not set this rule, a default value of False will be used.
This rule applies only to Java-based BlackBerry devices version 4.2.2 and higher.