A week with the Blackberry Storm: Day 3

by | Dec 17, 2008 | Fun Stuff, Product Review

Most of my interaction today with the blackberry storm was related to its (mostly not) syncing  with BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES).

I’ve installed BES over a dozen times and it never seems to work the first time. I’m glad to report that I was able to finally get it working for me after spending about 2-3 hours working on it (off and on).

Details about our BES setup: Server A – Dell PowerEdge 2950, Win 2K3 x64, Exchange 2007 and SQL 2005 Server B – Dell PowerEdge 2650, Wink 2k3, BlackBerry Enterprise Server 4.1.4

The BES was installed on a different server within our environment (a new configuration for me). This required that Microsoft Exchange Server MAPI Client and Collaboration Data Objects 1.2.1 be installed along with Exchange Server Management Tools. After some trial and error with mailbox and service account permissions, I was finally able to get my phone to accept a wireless enterprise activation.

Thanks in part to this excellent post about troubleshooting Enterprise Activation issues.

I don’t like the way that the Storm is displaying my email and other messages. All messages go into one place (Text, MMS, Exchange). I prefer that different types of messages go into different buckets. I will need to do more research on this. Also, attachments are still not working properly. I am going to try and resolve that problem tomorrow along with the ability to read emails as HTML.