RIM has several in-market offers for upgrading to the latest version of BES. BES 5.0.x is the recommended version for all currently supported GroupWise versions. BES 5.0.x will be the only version of BES that is supported with GroupWise 2012. Take advantage today of the offers from RIM to upgrade to the best BES ever.
As many of you know, BES 4.x was developed long before the GroupWise SOAP Server protocol was available. BES 4.x uses a combination of the client API known as the ObjectAPI and with later versions did begin to utilize SOAP for some functionality.
RIM has since developed BES 5.0.x which is completely based on the recommended SOAP interface to the POA. This implementation is much more scalable, more supportable and has the ability to leverage more of the features and functionality of the GroupWise system.
In addition, BES version 4.1 has been transitioned through its life cycle and is now in EOL....End of LIfe. The RIM/BES lifecyle page can be accessed here. RIM has further announced that support for Novell GroupWise 2012 is planned for early 2012 and will be for BES version 5.0. Also note that BlackBerry MVW Version 5.1 requires BES 5.0 or higher. See http://www.blackberry.com/mvs.
So now that you know all of the reasons that you need to upgrade to BES 5.0, let's talk about some incentives to get your organization moving :)
FREE PLAYBOOK OFFER:
- Offer is available until Dec. 31, 2011.
- Upgrade Option 1
Purchase an upgrade to BlackBerry Enterprise Server v5 and upgrade by December 31, 2011 and receive a free BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.
- Upgrade Option 2
Purchase a BlackBerry® Technical Support Services subscription—either Advantage Level or higher, which includes a free upgrade to BlackBerry Enterprise Server v5. Install the provided upgrade to BlackBerry Enterprise Server v5 by December 31, 2011 to qualify to receive a free BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.
- Upgrade Option 3
If you're a current BlackBerry Technical Support Services customer at the Advantage Level or higher, your subscription includes a free upgrade to BlackBerry Enterprise Server v5. Install the provided upgrade to BlackBerry Enterprise Server v5 by December 31, 2011 to qualify to receive a free BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. Find your upgrade download on the 'Downloads' tab within the BlackBerry Expert Support Center.
See the fine print here:
We are confirming still that these offers are available in other regions. I will update the blog as soon as I can confirm.
RIM tells us that approximately 1/3 of GroupWise customers already subscribe to BTSS – so they would only need to upgrade to BES 5 and go the site above to register to receive their free PlayBook!
What are you waiting for??? Get cracking, get upgraded and get your free PlatBook!!
Thanks to Ettan Romm, Senior Product Marketing Manager at RIM,for providing this information.
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It was contributed by a community member and is published "as is." It seems to have worked for at least one person, and might work for you. But please be sure to test, test, test before you do anything drastic with it.