I was reading my blogs this evening and I notice Mark Evans writing about the phone wars between Apple and RIM. He feels RIM is losing its foothold to Apple and mentions of a user friendly web browser like the iPhone has. “While RIM has aggressively pushed into the pro-sumer market and enjoyed success with the Pearl, it has been puzzling that it hasn’t done much more to launch a user-friendly Web browser and a solid music/video player.” You can read his whole post at http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MarkEvans/~3/428496182/
Mark Evans posted a bit about what he thought was the strength of the blackberry, which is its keyboard. While I agree with Mark that the keyboard is easy and makes popping of an email quick, I have seen my friends with iPhones do it just as quick as me. I also had to buy pointing sticks for some of the staff as they just couldn’t use the keyboard on their Blackberry, it was too difficult for them. I personally feel the strength of the Blackberry is its corporate inroads and how easy it is to get up and running. Getting a Blackberry running in a corporate environment is as simple as downloading the Enterprise Server from Blackberry, installing it on a computer and then linking it to your messaging infrastructure. There is no inbound firewall ports to open which helps mitigate the risk to the environment and there was no security certificates needed to be purchased . While these things aren’t harder to do work wise, in some environments it creates more complexity as there might be different teams for the firewall versus the messaging teams.
As long as RIM has its NOC and no one else is going that route, I don’t see RIM’s dominance in the corporate environment fading. The only other company who could pull off putting up a NOC tomorrow would be Microsoft and I could see them doing it as a SaaS offering which would tie into Exchange.
I’ve been busy the past little while which explains the lack of posts. My job lately has been to migrate my staff off a temporary Exchange 2007 server (been in production about a year) at the library and move them a new Microsoft Exchange 2007 Server and Blackberry Enterprise Server at the courthouse. Did the usual stuff you do when you create a new exchange server. Installed it adding it to the current organization. Started moving mailboxes once it was up and going starting with my own mailbox. Had to create the public folders on the new server to satisfy BES, moved the address book to the new server and then once I was happy it was working okay, I moved remaining mailboxes to the new server. When I tried to uninstall exchange off the old server, I kept getting an error message that the server had public folders that had to be removed first before I could uninstall. The server was no longer housing anything that was needed by the exchange organization but the uninstall would not work.
I got digging on the error and it looks to be a problem with Exchange SP1. I found the answer here http://searchexchange.techtarget.com/tip/0,289483,sid43_gci1302366,00.html. I followed the steps I found in this article and was able to uninstall exchange off the old exchange server.