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The Progression of the Blackberry Enterprise Server Software

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Before the BlackBerry, getting any work accomplished in the corporate world meant that you needed to be actually there in the office. Both employees and supervisors today have the option to keep in touch with co-workers, monitor important dates anywhere and anytime, and go over office e-mail. As of now, the current versions of BES are 4.1 and 5.0.

Version 4.1

Like its predecessor, BES v4.1 incorporates the Domino, GroupWise, and Exhange codebases. Version 4.1 has extra features such as BlackBerry Instant Messenger (BBIM), MDS Services (MDSS), PhoneCallLog, PINLog, and SMSLog. From v4.1.2 onwards, individuals can have a protected wireless gateway with no an e-mail account. This version is available to version 4.1.7.

You can completely incorporate the BBIM with other device functions. Meanwhile, it's very easy to use mobile applications using the MDSS. The PhoneCallLog, PINLog, and SMSLog improve the way you monitor phone calls, PINs, and text messages, respectively. Additional improvements over v4.0 feature extra security functions, enhanced address lookup functions, and much better viewing of attachments.

Version 5.0

As opposed to the BlackBerry Enterprise Server software version 4.1, which utilizes BlackBerry Manager, version 5.0 utilizes BlackBerry Administration Service. With the help of this, network administrators have an even more granular level of control over their accounts. For example, they can designate multiple roles to a single user, enable multiple groups to share a single function, or add users to groups. For better security, they can also keep users from gaining access to other users' groups or accounts.

Though high availability of admins has been a function of BES software for some time, it's just in BlackBerry Enterprise Server v5.0 that you can allow this function out of the box at no expense. You can also achieve high availability with v5.0 making use of a hardware network load balancer or a DNS round robin. Services that can attain high availability include BlackBerry Collaboration Service, BlackBerry MDS Connection Service, BlackBerry MDS Integration Service, BlackBerry Monitoring (manual only), and BlackBerry Router.

With the frequent addition of new features on BlackBerry Enterprise Server software, you can expect significantly enhanced productivity in your workplace. If you wish to deal with the BES better, you can refer to the BlackBerry Enterprise Server Resource Kit. For more related information on upgrading from v4.1 to v5.0, go through the guide at

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