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BlackBerry Work Drives update makes SharePoint collaboration easier

By DJ Reyes on 11 Feb 2014 09:36 am EST
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If you're a business user running BES10 and using BlackBerry Balance, you're probably using or have come across the BlackBerry Work Drives app. It allows you to remotely access and edit content on your enterprise network drives. This latest update to v2.0 adds the addition of being able to access SharePoint documents too - now making it even easier to work on your files with others in real-time. BlackBerry Work Drives also offers offline access to these files.

New features in BlackBerry Word Drives v2.0:

  • Easy authentication with integration in BlackBerry 10 Credential Manager
  • Easier access for users now with remote drive mapping by BES administrator
  • Support for Microsoft SharePoint

You will need to be running BlackBerry 10.2.1 and on BES10.2. It will also only be available in the Work Space area of BlackBerry Balance. Available for all BlackBerry 10 smartphones provided they're running the previously stated OS version.

Learn more/Download BlackBerry Work Drives

24 comments

wincyUt

:) I guess not too many BES10 users read these forums.

flexja

Nice update

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MisterShark

We're on BES 10.2 and use Work Drives but we're also all either AT&T or VzW, so no BB OS 10.2.1.xxxx here yet. :(

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root56

you can update by using another sim card. you only need to start the update on that sim you can then switch simcards while updating if needed the update will continue.

MisterShark

Thanks for the suggestion but doing that for over 100 or so clients that I support here at work would not be feasible.

If only our US carriers would kick the update out to us.... : /

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joewebb1

I'm on Verizon for business and the 10.2.1 update came through a few weeks ago. I'm also on BES 10.2 and love the work drives app. Updates always appreciated

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peter0328

I thought BES10 admins could push OS updates?

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theRock1975

This is incredible.

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SeekerBerry

Credential manager plus remote drive mapping by admin - sounds very nice...
Does Sharepoint support mean the work drives now talk WebDAV?

fooit

Probably WebDAV and/or SOAP.

taylortbb

Almost certainly yes. BlackBerry Link remote file access and Box integration are already done by natively mounting the file system with WebDAV. It would be quite easy for them to add that to Work Drives.

SeekerBerry

Like that
The more protocols, services, APIs we get, the more useful it will get.

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khehl

too bad you need bes10 for work drives:(
Even though prosumers have file manager which is amazing but we need it on steroids:P

jrohland

Remote File Access is very similar. However, no SharePoint access.

Makaveli@Beta

I'm Rogers and on 10.2.1

We're already on bes 10.2 so will be checking this out later.

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cottonakin

I'm a BES Admin running the latest version. Does anyone know where you configure the "Remote Drive Mapping" feature?

MisterShark

Yes, I'd like a more robust description of this new functionality as well: "Easier access for users now with remote drive mapping by BES administrator".

What exactly does this new feature mean?
The weakest aspect of Work Drives is that all drives must be mapped on the individuals' devices on a one by one add rather than me (as a BES Administrator) being able to define drive mappings behind the scenes and without the user’s needing to do anything.

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cottonakin

I opened a case with Blackberry and it took my tech guy some time to find it but he sent me a brand new, hot of the presses, "Blackberry Work Drives v2.0 Admin Guide" that details how to get the remote drive mapping setup. The problem is I don't know how to attach a file to these comments?

alekradic

There is something resembling an Admin Guide here:

http://docs.blackberry.com/en/admin/deliverables/62490/

Version 2.0.

Can you check if this is the same as the doc you got?

Motherboard2010

Report on how-to!! Like Seeker Berry asks, do we use webdav? I can't do it but will check with the BES admin if we successfully upgraded last weekend. If so, ithen I need to find out how to use this. This is an Enterprise feature and I applaud BlackBerry for sticking to the plot.

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Xayinn

Very interesting! Thanks for the info, I'm gonna try this remote mapping thing as soon as I've upgraded to BES 10.2.1 (yes, .1 is out now!).

Schmurf

Sending an email to HO now to see if we are using this.

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kennyiceberry

Too bad I no longer have only one employer. (That's uolpsually the way most people get to be added to a BES). Think I would have found this useful.

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