10-21-2010 09:26 AM
I'm currently running the 1 user Blackberry server V4.1 on a win2003 & exchange2003 server.
We are looking at getting another 2 blackberrys and I was wondering if instead of uninstalling BPS4.1 and installing the BESX 5.0 if I could remove the one user license from BPS4.1 and then add the BESX 5.0 license to enable me to add another 2 users? Or if there is any way to expand the BPS4.1 license to add more than 1 user?
BES Express CALs do not work on any ohter version. you can still purchase CALs for it though.
10-21-2010 09:31 AM
Thanks for the rapid reply. So I am taking plan c. Here is my plan. Please correct it if I am wrong.
1. Creat a new service account and have its mailbox on my Exchange 2010.
2. Install BES express on a new box with a new database using the new service account
3. Delete a BES user's account from my old BES 4.1.4 server, and wipe out the handheld device
4. Creat a new BES account for the deleted BES user on BES express server and resync the device
5. Move the user's mailbox from exchange 2003 to exchange 2010
6. Do it for every BES user
7. After all of BES users accounts have beev recreated on BES express server, decommision and uninstall the BES 4.1.4
The disadvantage of this plan is, the BES users can only get their last 30 days of email resynced. Is there any shortcut or any other better way that I can do it with? Better way is to use transporter and move users over to the new BES server which is supported in SP2
10-26-2010 12:30 AM
I am the Blackberry admin for my work and I am trying to migrate users from our old BES 22.214.171.124 machine to a new BESX 5.0.2 server. The install is all done and working fine for new users that I activate on the new BESX server, however the Transporter isn't working for me. When I try and connect to the existing BES 126.96.36.199 SQL database, I get the following error.
Unable to initialize the source database! Please check the settins and re-test the connection.
Error: Specified cast is not valid.
I've tested the credentials for the old database and it comes up successful, is there something wrong with my existing database or am I going about it the complete wrong way?
Any help would be greatly appreciated
10-26-2010 11:05 AM
can you log onto the database with SSMS?
if needed download and install MS SQL Server Management Studio Express
10-26-2010 03:52 PM
I can log into the database with SQL Management Studio fine, the connection test in Transporter passes ok but it just doesn't connect. It's been driving me up the wall cause I need to migrate our users across.
10-26-2010 11:49 PM
OK, so it looks like I've found the problem. We took a copy of the existing BES 4 database and restored it to another database server and ran a trace on it when I was trying to connect with the transporter. We found that one of the SQL queries it was running was returning a NULL result and it didn't like it. The field that was returning the NULL was to do with server build time and create time, we modified the table to include the correct time as per one of the other fields and it connected with no errors.
I'm in the middle of rebuilding the BESX server so once that is complete I will try moving a user from the old BES to the new one and I will post back here.
10-28-2010 06:11 PM
Ok, so I was right, we updated the table in the SQL database that was returning a NULL result and tried the transporter and it worked like a charm. I've migrated 2 users (including myself) and so far no problems. Let's hope it stays that way
11-18-2010 07:58 PM
Moved: Solutions > BlackBerry® Professional Software and BlackBerry® Enterprise Server Express
01-12-2011 01:53 PM
Thanks everyone for this excellent thread.
I have an environment running Blackberry manager 188.8.131.52 with Exchange 2003 sp2. (separate machines).
I need to get them to Exchange 2010 and all new hardware.
I believe I understand from the messages in this forum that the following steps will work, but was hoping for confirmation.
1. Install BES Express 5.0.2 on a new machine (separate from Exchange). Point it at the Exchange 2010 server with a new admin account/mailbox.
2. Use transporter to move user from Blackberry Professional to BES Express.
3. Move user's mailbox to Exchange 2010.
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for remaining users.
5. Uninstall Blackberry Professional, shutdown Exchange 2003. (Use proper methodology for clean removal of exchange 2003.)
Is this correct? Will the user's blackberry remain in communication throughout? I'm not clear if after step 2 but before step 3 if the device will be communicating.
Thank you so much for any corrections, clarifications, or advice.
01-13-2011 09:47 AM
That will work but you dont need a second BESAdmin account, you can use the same one for both.
also this might help out too