Today RIM released SP2 for BES 5.0, we've written up some of the new features and specs in a couple of previous posts (New BES 5.0 SP2 IT polices get OS specific with BlackBerry 6 & Service pack 2 for BES 5.0 specs leak out). Originally slated for a June or July release, we in the BES world have stopped believing any dates given by RIM.
Their history of making a scheduled release date has become quite comical. The Exchange 3.6 upgrade from 3.5 was 1/2 year late. 4.0 was a year late. 4.1 was almost a year late. The 5.0 launch was delayed for some time too and if you're a GroupWise show you're still waiting for 5.0.0 to launch. SP2 went out to select beta users earlier this year and we were told to expect a July release. Wow, they made their target you say, well actually about a month ago we were told they were now aiming for September. So although they made the original July target they missed their revised September target. Does this really matter? No not really, it's just side story to amuse the few of us that follow BES release dates - we aren't a very big group I'll admit, BES service packs aren't as sexy story telling as new BlackBerry devices.
The upgrade for Microsoft Exchange weighs in at 637.3MB the math on this doesn't add up to me. *Disclaimer - I'm not a program code expert by any stretch in fact the last code I wrote was in Basic and Pascal* If you don't stay current with service packs and maintenance releases you can go ahead and jump to the latest release if you desire. For example if you're running 5.0.0 and never went down the SP1 path you can go ahead and jump right into SP2, which is where the numbers lose me. Here are the sizes of the install files for the SP1 family:
If I installed SP1 and SP1 MR3 that would be 1.25 GB of install files plus the 637.3 MB for SP2. And If I went from 5.0.0 straight into SP2 it would only be 637.3 MB. Has RIM programming become that streamlined since the release of SP1? Where did all these megabytes of code go? What did they do and why don't I need them anymore?
Anyway, I installed the file released today and it went in rather smoothly on my BES and all seems to be humming along quite nicely. If you're interested in the release notes they can be downloaded directly from RIM.
Tip of the day, if you're looking to do a BES upgrade but would like to install the latest full version of the BES files without doing a service pack, you can sign up for the 60 trial BES from RIM directly after completing the form RIM will email you a link where you can get the full 5.0 with Service Pack 2 download file which you can use for a clean install. The email from RIM will also include a 60 day license key and SRP Identifier, don't use these in your production BES as they will stop working after the 60 day trial.