Hell hath frozen over…Exchange 2010 officially supports BlackBerry Enterprise Server (in only 4 weeks since RTW)
Uncharacteristically the Exchange Team has announced official support for BlackBerry Enterprise Server in just over four weeks since the release to web.
Taken from the Exchange Team Blog:
I’d like to share with everyone some good news today— BlackBerry® Enterprise Server (BES) is now fully supported on Microsoft® Exchange Server 2010 and BlackBerry® Technical Support Services are readily available.
This is the earliest customers have been able to deploy BlackBerry smartphones with a new Exchange release – ever. Customers who rely on BES as an important part of their messaging and collaboration infrastructure have told us that more rapid support for RIM’s solution is critical to them. So we partnered with RIM earlier in the development cycle to ensure organizations moving to the new release experience no user downtime.
In order to enable full support, three updates are required:
- Roll-Up 1 (RU1) for Exchange Server 2010
- MAPI v6.5.8147
- BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0.1 Maintenance Release 1 (MR1)
All three of these updates are available to customers of Exchange Server 2010 and BlackBerry Enterprise Server v.5.0 with Service Pack 1 at no cost. BlackBerry Enterprise Server v5.0 Service Pack 1 and Maintenance Release 1 can be found here: http://www.blackberry.com/support/downloads
Additional information on the solution requirements, preparing the BlackBerry environment for Microsoft Exchange Server2010, can be found on the BlackBerry site here.
Today’s roll up also includes other minor updates to areas including calendaring, OWA, and transport. You can read more about Exchange Server 2010 RU1 here.
– Paul Bowden, Exchange Release Manager