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Zimbra Announces Support for BES 5.0 with Zimbra Connector for BES 6.5


Zimbra Connector for BES 6.5

Today Zimbra announced that its Zimbra Connector for BES 6.5 (ZCB 6.5), will be available in the first half of Q4 and will have support for BES 5.0. Zimbra Connector for BES is designed for companies that want a better alternative to traditional email solutions such as Exchange. ZCB 6.5 will provide native synchronization of BlackBerry mail, address book, calendar and tasks, and will also support Windows Server 2008 (32- and 64-bit).

Other features of Zimbra Connector for BES include:

  • Sync to all BlackBerry devices
  • Full access to Zimbra GAL
  • Search messages
  • Open / view attachments
  • Manage calendar events; accept / decline meetings
  • Administrators add / provision users directly in the BlackBerry Administration Console

More information available from the Zimbra blog.

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Details of the Upcoming BES 5.0 Service Pack 2 (SP2) Leaked


BES Admins can expect an update to BES 5.0 in service pack 2 that should be coming shortly as we’re now seeing leaked features. When BES 5 first launched, conversations with many BES admins about whether they’ll implement usually resulted in “we’ll wait for SP1 or SP2, but yes.” In SP2, some helpful updates include additional metrics, reports and notifications to help monitor the system health as well as user self-service tools and pre-population of messages is increased to 3000. BES 5.0 SP2 features listed after the jump.
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What BES admins can see on your connected BlackBerry



Super Moderator Joolie at the Port3101 forum answers a question that BES administrators have been asked many times: “What can my BES administrator see on my personal device if I connect it to the BES?”

The article doesn’t seem to specify whether Joolie is running BES 5.0. Some administrators will wait for the 2nd service pack before committing to a full upgrade.

What syncs/is stored/is accessed by the BES includes:

* Corporate email
* Corporate calendar
* Corporate PIM data (address book, memo pad, tasks)
* Browser bookmarks
* Password Keeper data (although this cannot be accessed in any way, even when restored to another device, without the PK password)
* PIN messaging data (including the actual message sent/received); logging turned off by default
* Phone call data (date/time of call, number called/received, length of call); loggined turned on by default
* Text message data (including the actual verbage of the text message); logging turned off by default
* Blackberry Messenger data (this one is extremely klunky to get and I don’t know a single BES Admin that turns this one on)
* All applications installed on the device (games, stock apps, etc.)
* OS version installed on the device (so we’ll know if you upgraded to a beta OS!)

In addition anything that is a part of automatic wireless backup could *technically* be viewed by performing a restore to a new device.

What a BES Admin can’t see:

* BIS email messages (I *might* be able to see what service books you have, but cannot read the messages)
* 3rd party IM messages (Yahoo!, MSN, etc), although I can see which of these applications you have installed.
* BlackBerry Messenger contact names/PINs



BES 5.0 first impressions


I have been lucky enough to be using the BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 software for the past few months. It introduces several new improvements to the architecture of the BlackBerry domain, the most sought after being support for out of the box high availability. It was code named Argon, a stable gas, due to its promised reliability and solid performance. Below are some thoughts and findings that I made during my use of the software within my test environment. Screenshots are available towards the bottom.

A big thanks to Lee Williams from Gen-i for giving me the time and resources to familiarize myself with BES 5.0, enabling me to complete this article.

If you have any questions please let me know in the comments and I will get back to you promptly.

1. New Improvements and Features

The first change you will notice is the introduction BlackBerry Administration service. It replaces BlackBerry manager and is completely web based. It takes a while to get used to for every day tasks. It can feel a little cramped when attempting to select multiple users who don’t share the same group, IT policy, software configuration or otherwise. Yet after working with the interface for some time you do get used to it.

There is an API available for developers to write plugins for the BlackBerry Administration Service, so it will be relatively easy to introduce new functionality into the environment.
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BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) 5 sample creative leaked



BerryReview found some interesting sample ad creative for the BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) 5. The materials don’t reveal anything about BES 5 that would get the Internet screaming, but if you’re curious what print ads you will be seeing soon, this will tell you. BES 5 is going to be a great tool for enterprise.



BlackBerry OS 5.0 details roundup


BlackBerry OS 5

WES 2009 is only 2 weeks away and we’re expecting the launch of the BlackBerry OS 5 in the near future. BGR has put together a nice roundup of information that we know pertaining to OS 5, so why not take an advanced look at what to expect.


With BlackBerry OS 5, when scrolling through a long list of emails, the date header will remain stationary thus making it impossible to lose track of which days emails your looking at. This feature is great for anyone who may leave their BlackBerry to accumulate emails for a long time.

When sending photos, OS 5 will give an option to resize individual photos to 1024×768, 800×600 or 640×480 is given. This will save space and reduce data transmisssion costs.

Other changes to the message system include the ability to flag emails and define them by request, color, status and due date as well as create, edit and delete folders from the device itself.


Calendar entries will be able to be forwarded, and users will also finally be able to view attachments that are attached to calendar invites. Conference call information can also be plugged into Calendar, which means you can get plugged directly into the call from the notification.


We already mentioned that Google Gears will be supported in OS 5.0, but now we’re told that videos will be able to be streamed inline within the browser itself. A bunch of new AJAX formats are also supported.


RIM has updated the Maps application to render around two times as fast as they did in the past. In addition to this, scrolling around and zooming in should no longer result in lagging.

Built into the message system, addresses will be automatically sniffed out by the OS and a simple click will bring up the location in Maps. This feature will likely only work in the US and Canada at first.

The BlackBerry Maps app has also been updated to include almost every city. This is great considering geotagging will be available with pictures so you can show all your friends that trip to rural America.

General Notes

Here is a quick breakdown of more features you will see with OS 5:

  • Users will be able to set their default download folder, wallpaper, theme and reset the icon layout of a theme to its default layout from “Homescreen Preferences”
  • Holding the Menu key will bring up Application Switcher as it currently does on the Storm/newer Bold OS builds/etc
  • When an item is highlighted in a menu setting, hitting the Menu key will select it as it currently does on the Storm
  • If the device is running low on memory, a message will pop up that not only informs the user of the low memory buy also recommends rarely used apps for deletion
  • Users can decide if they want to have sounds when the device is booting up, shutting off, plugged in to charge, unplugged from charging, when the battery is full and when the battery is kaput
  • Users can now individually encrypt email PIN messages. All that is needed is for the sender and receiver to know the encryption password which is done via S/MIME
  • Storm users will be able to get the full-QWERTY keyboard in portrait mode.

We’re looking forward to the official announcement and hopefully this keeps you informed until then.