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    BES and Exchange 2007

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    Hi,

    We are currently running BES 4.0 with Exchange 55 and we will be moving to Exchange 2007 SP1 and i have some questions;

    1. What is the BES version compatible with Exchnage 2007 SP1
    2. Can i do in-place upgrade of my BES 4.0 to whatever that supports Exchnage 2007?
    3. Will this latest version still supports Exchange 55?
    4. My Exchange 2007 will be in a new box, how can i easily migrate my BES server from Exch55 to Exch2007?

    I could be asking a lot and may have already been answered. Any info, links or ducmentation is much appreciated.

    Thanks in advance...
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    Re: BES and Exchange 2007

    Howdy. You will want BES 4.1.3 for Exchange 2007. I believe 4.0 will work on 2007 but isn't recommended. Hopefully other BES guys can back this up. Check this BES 4.1 Upgrade guide. Another good 4.1 install guide here: Exchange 2007 BES Install Guide
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    Re: BES and Exchange 2007

    I started off with exchange 2007 and BES 4.1. All seems to be working well. I have not installed SP1 just because our VOIP system does not support it yet. Could you hold off from installing with 5.5 and just do a fresh install with 2007?

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    Re: BES and Exchange 2007

    Quote Originally Posted by tlowe View Post
    I started off with exchange 2007 and BES 4.1. All seems to be working well. I have not installed SP1 just because our VOIP system does not support it yet. Could you hold off from installing with 5.5 and just do a fresh install with 2007?
    I am currently running 5.5 and i will have a different server install for 2007. Exchange 2007 will be configured and tested and once ready all 55 mailboxes will be exported and imported to 2007. The only problem will be the BES. I don't know what to do to migrate this to 2007. Do i have to install another server with version 4.1? If so, how can i seamlessy move my BB users?

    Thanks.

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    Re: BES and Exchange 2007

    Quote Originally Posted by jrockett View Post
    Howdy. You will want BES 4.1.3 for Exchange 2007. I believe 4.0 will work on 2007 but isn't recommended. Hopefully other BES guys can back this up. Check this BES 4.1 Upgrade guide. Another good 4.1 install guide here: Exchange 2007 BES Install Guide
    thanks for the great informative links
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    Re: BES and Exchange 2007

    From what i've experienced, 4.1 will install but needs to be patched to the most recent version for exchange 2007.. i was originally told by Blackberry that it wouldnt work at all on the dc/exchange server and would needed to be put on a seperate member server non 64bit..

    i have not run into any issues however...

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    Re: BES and Exchange 2007

    My question still remains, how can i seamlessly migrate my current BES which is currently configured for Exchange 5.5 to Exchange 2007? Seamless in a way that i don't have to do anything on BB users devices. I know the worst thing i can do is, install a new BES server and configured for Exchange 2007 and do reactivation of BB users.

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    Re: BES and Exchange 2007

    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~
    I believe you can migrate the database. I.e. Backup from the old bes server and restore on the new. You must not allow both servers online though, if ur going to use the same srp.

    I can post more specific instructions later when I'm at a pc. (Unless someone beats me to it.)

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    Re: BES and Exchange 2007

    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)also, dcpromo you exchange 2007 box on the domain, in 2007 theirs a move mailbox feature. Once ad is polulated on the new sever you'd need to install bes, then import your database, this should prevent you having to re-activate users.

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    Re: BES and Exchange 2007

    why do i have to do dcpromo for exchange 2007 and move mailbox?
    doing a backup of old bes sql server to the new bes sql server, is there any references in the database about exchange 5.5?

    thanks...

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    Re: BES and Exchange 2007

    From my experience with exchange 2007, you needed to dcpromo to even get it on the domain and connect to active directory, then run the adprep /forestprep to bring you domain "up to par" with the exchange 2007 requirements.

    look here for that info. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l.../aa996719.aspx

    If all is said and done, you should just be able to import the the database. As far as i know the database holds, user info (pin# and statistics), what the database's connection with exchange is i'm not sure..
    If you have a Tsupport account you may want to give BB a call for a more clearer answer on the database.

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    user,

    my company is also upgrading from exchange 2000 to 2007, and I'm in charge of upgrading the BES. We are currently running version: 4.0.4 (Bundle 7). We want to upgrade to 4.1.4 (the latest version) and then upgrade the Exchange server. How did your upgrade go? Did you run into any problems?

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    I figured I would post my question in here as well...
    We will be upgrading to 07 tonight, and Im curious what needs to be done with my BES server (4.1.4). After exchange 07 is up and running what needs to be done on the BES to see changes?

    Thanks,

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    I would recommend this link for your BES cutover from 4.0 to 41.

    http://www.blackberry.com/btsc/searc...0788&stateId=1 0 123862456

    Just do your migration from exchange 5.5 to exchange 2007. Install the BES 4.1 with blank database then follow the link I paste above.

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    I have moved my mailbox from our 03 server to our 07 server. My outlook is working fine. The BES server shows me as attached to the new 07 server, but my handheld is out of the loop. I have tried using the handheldcleanup utility but i still cant send/receive on my phone. I have also restarted the BES server. What am I missing?

    Have any of you successfully migrated users from one exchange server to another while keeping your current BES environment? Need some help guys!

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