The ability to activate BlackBerrys on a BES without performing Wireless Enterprise Activation has been around for years. The original way to activate BlackBerrys was by connecting them directly to the BES server. Over the years RIM extended that concept to also work if you connected it to a PC with Desktop Manager connected to your BES using Outlook’s connection to Exchange.
Many people prefer the convenience of Wireless Enterprise Activation which lets you activate without tethering your BlackBerry to a PC but it has some limitations. For example, your BES administrator must create a password for you that expires after it is used. That means if you upgrade your OS as often as I do you would need to request a new password every time. Also with the latest release of BESX you can no longer do Wireless Enterprise Activations on a BIS plan and you must do a cabled activation.
Here is where activating your BlackBerry by connecting it to a computer comes in. RIM was kind enough to provide the exact steps on how to perform such an activation in this Knowledge Base article.
Steps to activate a BlackBerry smartphone by connecting it to a computer using BlackBerry® Desktop Manager:
- Make sure the user’s account that you are trying to activate is added onto the BlackBerry Enterprise Server.
- Install the BlackBerry Desktop Manager for BlackBerry Enterprise Server use on the user’s computer with their mail profile setup on it. (Note: The computer must have an active connection to Microsoft Exchange)
- BlackBerry Desktop Manager 4.5 and above: On the integration page when installing the Desktop Manager select to integrate Desktop Manager with a work email account -> Redirect Messages using BlackBerry Enterprise Server -> Microsoft Exchange.
- BlackBerry Desktop Manager 4.3 and below: On the integration page when installing the Desktop Manager select integrate with BlackBerry Enterprise Server -> Redirect Messages using BlackBerry Enterprise Server -> Microsoft Exchange.