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BES 5.0.3 Documentation Released – BlackBerry Balance Controls Detailed

New in BES 5.0.3

A buddy let us know that RIM has published up the documentation (or at least most of it) for BES (BlackBerry Enterprise Server) 5.0.3. The release has been delayed a few weeks but it should be out very soon. I was scouring the documentation looking for any mention of the BlackBerry PlayBook but could not find any. (Let me know if you do) On the other hand I did find some more details on the BlackBerry Balance features that RIM is trying to roll out.

They have combined them into a new Employee Liable IT Policy that lets BES admins restrict certain things on these devices. For example, there is a new Individual-Liable Devices Policy by default. Here is how RIM describes it:


Similar to the Default IT policy, this policy prevents BlackBerry device users from accessing organizer data from within the social networking applications on their BlackBerry devices.

This policy permits users to access their personal calendar services and email messaging services (for example, their BlackBerry® Internet Service accounts), update the BlackBerry® Device Software using methods that exist outside your organization, make calls when BlackBerry devices are locked, and cut, copy, and paste text. Users cannot forward email messages from one email messaging service to another.

You can use the Individual-Liable Devices IT policy if your organization includes users who purchase their own BlackBerry devices and connect the BlackBerry devices to a BlackBerry Enterprise Server instance in your organization’s environment.

This new policy includes rules such as Disable Forwarding Between Services and Disable Organizer Data Access for Social Networking Applications. When you wipe a employee liable device remotely it will wipe the information contained in the chart at this link.

You can check out the release notes for BES 5.0.3 at this link or simply all of the available documentation here.

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  1. how can i get the manual for BES i want to take the exam but i need to read the manual.

  2. RIM,

    Where is the OCS 2007R2 & 2010 integration ?

  3. Does the Blackberry Balance work on the BES Xpress?

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