Improved BlackBerry Delivers End-to-End Messaging

 
 
By Richard V. Dragan  |  Posted 2003-08-05 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

With a slick new server and voice-enabled handheld, BlackBerry still presents a strong argument for those who seek mobile connectivity.

Research In Motions latest offerings for connecting wireless users to corporate messaging systems center on its improved BlackBerry Enterprise Server for Microsoft Exchange v. 3.6 ($4,999 direct). Add in one of the companys innovative voice/data devices—namely, the new BlackBerry 6710 Wireless Handheld ($499) that we tested—and you get a seamless enterprise solution that gives corporate users access to their business messaging systems and outside mailboxes.

On the server side, BlackBerry Server lets IT departments connect Microsoft Exchange (reviewed here) or Lotus Notes/ Domino servers to a wireless carrier. We installed the server product under both Exchange 5.5 and Exchange 2000. Having separate printed manuals for setting up each version is a plus here, since there are good number of prerequisites and tweaks for getting BlackBerry Server to run with Exchange correctly. After some trial and error and a few calls to RIM tech support, we were up and running with Exchange accounts for a department of 12 test users.

Managing your installation of BlackBerry Server in Windows is done through an impressive Microsoft Management Console (MMC) plug-in. The administration console is deep, with excellent control over setting policy-based defaults for your wireless users. A drop-down list with several dozen options let us set password, synchronization, and security options. For security, BlackBerry Server relies on Triple DES encryption while sending your data to carriers outside the corporate firewall.

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Richard V. Dragan, a contributing editor of PC Magazine, has written over 250 articles and reviews for the magazine and other Ziff Davis publications since 1992. From 1994 to 1998 he authored a programming column for Computer Shopper. He has taught C++ and Windows programming at Columbia University since 1990, and Java since 1997.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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