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    Default Need some clarification on Blackberry support

    So supposedly I can use our 5 Blackberrys with Zimbra. However, if I am to understand correctly, we need to run Blackberry Professional or Blackberry Enterprise Server, which as far as I can tell, runs only on Windows: BlackBerry - BlackBerry Professional Software

    Do I have to have a Windows box somewhere, with exchange, just to run this and then install the connector? That seems incredibly round about!

    We are a non Microsoft shop and I am loath to put a single MS product onto any servers in our happy little linux cluster. Is there a BES for Linux? Or is there a host I can sync my Zimbra server to? Frankly, I'm just confused.

    I'm sure someone else I'm sure has already solved this problem elegantly, so please share your insight.

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    You are correct, you must use a Windows Server (or VM) running Win2k3 to run the connector. There is no Linux version of BES (and I wouldn't hold my breath). If you have 5 users, I would suggest just tossing together a little VM, use Win2k3 SME and use the free version of BES Professional (allows up to 30 users for only the cost of the client access license).

    We too are a "Linux" shop, but unfortunately you need to use the right tool for the job and as much as it pains me to say, the right tool for this job is Windows.

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    Default Thanks for the reply

    I guess VM is just they way to go here. Glad I installed the Virtualization packages with RHEL 5. SME? Is that small and medium sized enterprises? Is that the new SMB server? Or is that another edition of windows that I don't know about?

    I'm assuming you say SMB because I need exchange? So basically I would need to set up Exchange, integrate it as a backup to Zimbra, install the Blackberry Professional and then I can use the Zimbra BE connector?

    As for Windows being the right package, since it's the only packages, I guess it's the right package. Gotta love product lock in.

    Looks like it's Iphone 3Gs for everyone!

    Thanks a lot for taking the time to help out.

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    I was suggesting SBE because it has been cheaper for us, but I imagine any version of Win2k3 would work. You do not install Exchange, Exchange is NOT needed.

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    There are also 3rd party BES providers. You can use one of those instead of setting up an entire server for 5 phones. Not sure what the cost associated with either option is, it won't run on Linux so I didn't investigate very far.

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