Configure ALX files to make an application 'required'

by Retired on ‎02-16-2010 01:49 PM (3,437 Views)

Summary


This article applies to the following:

  • BlackBerry® wireless devices based on Java™
  • BlackBerry Desktop Manager

Procedure


A third-party application or BlackBerry optional application (for example, Phone and Browser) can be forced to deploy by updating related ALX files.


With BlackBerry Desktop Manager 2.1 Service Pack 3 or later and 3.<X> or later, an IT Administrator can update the ALX files of specific applications they would like to make required by adding the following tag:


<required>true</required>

under the following:


<copyright>Copyright 1998-2002 Research In Motion</copyright>

Note: Each application that the ALX references is now required in BlackBerry Application Loader.


IT Administrators can set this up and then allow their users to use the Interactive Application Loader to update their BlackBerry devices. Those who are taking advantage of all of BlackBerry's new deployment/upgrade features can simply use the Silent Install to push BlackBerry Desktop Software out to all personal computers, send out the updated ALX files, and then use the ForceLoad IT Policy to force the user devices to be upgraded.