BES Express updated today

By IsaacKendall on 12 Aug 2010 11:44 am EDT


At long last RIM has announced the first update to BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express. This is a product they announced and launched at Mobile World Congress back in January, simply it's BES for the rest of us. Most small and medium businesses were scared of BES because of high upfront cost and each new BlackBerry added a new CAL cost so BESx rode to the rescue with its attractive price tag of FREE. For a more detailed explanation of BES and BESx see previous article.

Today is the first update to this product. And it's good to see updates for this exciting product as it reinforces that they are committed to BESx. Many of the upgrades are features that were included in the Service Pack 2 upgrade to BES last month.

  • Single sign-on (no passwords needed to securely access the intranet, files or business systems "behind the firewall," BlackBerry Web Desktop Manager and BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express' BlackBerry Administration Service)
  • New employee self-service tools for securing a lost or stolen device
  • Added web browser support for BlackBerry Administration Service and BlackBerry Web Desktop Manager, including Internet Explorer 8, Mozilla Firefox 3.6, Google Chrome 4.0 and Safari 4
  • Added support for Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft® Hyper-VTM 2008, and SQL Server 2008
  • Now available in 7 languages, including English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese and Brazilian Portuguese
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BES Express updated today


I'm a little angry that RIM announced BESX a few weeks after my firm spent the time and money to get Blackberry Professional Software installed onto its Exchange server. Oh well.

Agreed!! That would be the perfect ecosystem. I've got an inquiry into Google through their press office regarding BlackBerry Connector support for BES 5.0.x.

When we know - you will know.


I just did a BES 4.1.6 with Google Apps for a client, and a cotact over at Google told my Boss that they plan to launch the new connector end of september.

I will say I have been very impressed with the current setup. THou its missing a few features.

I have BESx 5.0.1 installed.

I can't find a Service Pack on RIM's website to update to the new 5.0.2 version.... do I have to do a full install? It seems I have to go through their whole "Buy this software" page again even though it's free.



after I updated to BESx 5.0.2 there is no link to import policies anymore. Can anyone confirm this?

kind regards,

Same here too bad before you could import the full bes policies. Anyway they put back the one policy I needed and was missing from 5.0.1

@jessep28: I just finished a BPro to BESX migration for a client and can confirm that coexistence is not an issue (just not running on the same server). I also used RIM's transporter to move the users. Several were on older 'unsupported' versions of device software and of those, I had to do a wipe and reload on two after moving them with the transporter. Still, saved a LOT of time over manually moving each one.