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BlackBerry Enterprise Server for Microsoft¿ Exchange: Installation and Administration

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A book by Dan Renfroe

This book describes the installation, configuration, and administration of BlackBerry Enterprise Server for Microsoft Exchange, with background information on the BlackBerry architecture, security, and disaster recovery planning. Written by mobile and … see full wiki

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Author: Dan Renfroe
Publisher: Packt Publishing
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A Great Guide to Installing and Configuring Your BES on Exchange

  • May 13, 2009
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I was provided a review copy of this book from the publisher, Packt Publishing. Published in October 2007, this is an up-to-date guide to installing, configuring, and administering a Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES) for Exchange.

Contents:
Chapter 1: Introduction to the Blackberry World
Chapter 2: BES Architecture and Implementation Planning
Chapter 3: Preparing for the BES Installation
Chapter 4: Installing BES for Microsoft Exchange
Chapter 5: Provisioning BlackBerry Users and Devices
Chapter 6: Creating and Enforcing Policies
Chapter 7: Getting the Most Out of Your BES
Chapter 8: Security & Disaster Recovery
Index

This book is targeted at the person responsible for installing a new BES in their environment. I would also mention that it is beneficial for the person who has slogged through all of the documentation and still can't figure out what to do or where to start. That is not meant as an offensive comment. I know, I have tried to get through the online documentation and it is . . . daunting. This book takes all of the Blackberry documentation and distills it into a nicely written, well documented 172 page book. If you are new to Blackberry, need to install your organizations first BES, or would like to know a little more about that server that you just installed, this is a very good book for you. While I am not an Exchange expert, I have installed BES in several Exchange shops. This book does an excellent job of stepping you through the installation, configuration, and administration of the BES in an Exchange environment. Written clearly, with plenty of screen shots, you should have no problems installing BES using this book as your guide. Also, the authors take time to explain encryption, the architecture, and support of different devices. You will be able to talk to management, or IT professionals, about how to deploy software, policies, and the architecture, without looking like a novice.

While this book is an excellent guide to the installation of BES in an Exchange environment, there were a few items that bugged me. First, you can see my first issue by reviewing the contents. Notice that the word "Blackberry" is spelled two different ways. I am not sure which is the correct version, but I would have appreciated if they stuck with one or the other. One chapter, it was especially grating on me, as they used "Blackberries" and BlackBerries" within a couple of sentences of each other. The second issue is that some people, new to BES, would have appreciated a little note that they are required to install the Blackberry Enterprise Manager software on a workstation, and the steps to install it. Once the authors have guided you through the installation of the actual BES, they jump right into managing the server, expecting that the management software has been installed. Finally, for such a well documented book, the chapter on provisioning the users and devices was lacking in any screen shots. While I knew where to find the settings, I don't think that it is a stretch to expect others to be wondering where to find them. A few more screen shots would have been welcome.

But, even with my "issues," I found this book to be remarkably well written and documented. At only 172 pages, you are not overwhelmed. It is the perfect companion to the installation of your first BES in an Exchange environment. Instead of printing out all of the Blackberry documentation and trying to figure out where to start, this book will guide you through those waters. It has been well edited, it reads quickly, and it should be a welcome addition to your installation toolkit. Even if you have already installed BES in your environment, the chapters on "Getting the Most Out of Your BES" and "Security & Disaster Recovery" should give you some food for thought.

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