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mmbitguy

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I have two blackberry smartphone users who desire to sync via their local usb cable, but I am running into problems getting it to work. Does anyone have any experience with this - can it be done?
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bishbtw

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Hi,
You can use blackberry desktop software to sync with outlook calendars, contacts, tasks, and notes. I'm pretty sure they will only sync when you have outlook setup with a pst file...meaning they won't sync when using Kerio Outlook Connector.

Hope this helps.

Kevin
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mmbitguy

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Thanks for the response. My users were using the desktop manager version 4.2 which does not include the intellisync software, so I downloaded the latest version(4.3).

I have tried both the offline and non-offline kerio connector and still cannot sync the calendar and contacts though mail is flowing through it to the redirector...

Can anyone shine some light on this?

[Updated on: Thu, 08 May 2008 18:39]

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bishbtw

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hi mmbitguy,
Are you saying you can use KOC and Desktop Manager to sync your calendar and contacts? Do you have KOC setup with a personal folder?

Kevin
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mmbitguy

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If I use the KOC with a PST file I am afraid that I would lose the ability to manage the calendar / contacts via web? Isn't that true?

To clarify, we can get email flowing through the RIM Desktop Manager to the redirector using the KOC or KOFF, but have not been successful to get the calendar and contacts to go. If we configure a PST as the primary store, I am afraid that the user will lose the ability to see the calendar or manage it via WEB...


[Updated on: Thu, 08 May 2008 18:52]

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bishbtw

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I'm not sure what happened....I read the following in your post, but it seems to have changed:

Thanks for the response. My users were using the desktop manager version 4.2 which does not include the intellisync software, so I downloaded the latest version(4.3) and am able to use the Kerio Outlook Connector and sync Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, and Email. The redirector also functions to push email when the user is not connected locally.

My last post was asking if you were able to successfully have this type of setup work. I'm in the same situation. I would like to have my blackberry sync with my calendar and contacts while using KOFF or KOC.
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jledbett

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I have quite a few users that I would like this to work for. I was under the impression this would not work. I havent tried it in a while, but the blackberry software has at least in the past accessed the pst directly and therefore would not work with KOC or KOFF. I would love for it to work with the KOFF, would solve a few issues for me. Right now I have a problem trying to get blackberry users access to public calendars in their Outlook. Of course the users with blackberries are the ones who need the calendars the most.

Any solutions? I am not interested in third party subscriptions, I am already paying enough for blackberry data package and Kerio.
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mmbitguy

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We think we are very close to a zero cost solution for syncing the Blackberry with the Kerio server. Check out an open source software solution from http://www.funambol.com. We have configured the server on our net. There is a small app you will have to upload onto the blackberry to perform the sync. As soon as we complete testing I will let you know.

I'm not a fan of adding more server apps to maintain, but you can't beat the cost if it works.
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cthomas

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Any word on your testing? I am running into the same issues.

- C. Thomas
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leetheman

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First off download the Kerio Sync Connector and install it.

Then......

You need to set up two profiles (via the control panel / mail)

One profile wil be the user's MAPI (KOC) mail for regular use.

Second profile will be IMAP - Yes IMAP - for and can be called "sync with Berry".

Open Outlook with the IMAP profile and u will probably get a prompt from Kerio sync. - - - Follow it - - Test the connection - - - Set it to sync on start up - - set it to sync every 10 minutes or so.

Open your Berry desktop sofware and configure the sync to use the "sync with berry" profile

sync on berry desktop

sync again on outlook

close outlook

open outlook to regular KOC profile and viola - your stuff is there

A two step process - kind of a pain but is only answer short of an iphone or blackjack

lee
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leetheman

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btw
Kerio sync is being canned - KOC does provide all functions EXCEPT the berry wired sync.

NotifyLink is the Kerio preffered berry sync solution

lee
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bjrflip

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I think anyone who wants to Sync their BB should send a petition to Kerio to write a connector. If Zimbra can do it, why not Kerio. Shocked
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jcoffren

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there is a work around for calendar items. download the Google mobile updater and the Gmail desktop client. It recognizes Kerio. Unfortunately you have to set up a gmail account to use as the relay but it does synch bidirectionally and solves the problem. the only piece I haven't seen a work around for is the contacts synch so you have to work without an efficient way to update your blackberry added contacts.

Do you have a gmail/google account? If not, you will need to sign up first. Go to gmail.google.com.
If so, then follow below

Install on your laptop:

http://dl.google.com/googlecalendarsync/GoogleCalendarSync_I nstaller.exe


On you BB:
Visit mobile.google.com from your BlackBerry® browser and use Google Mobile Updater to download all products with a single click. You will then need to sign in from your BB and manually sync the first time. After that, it is automatic.

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scottwilkins

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Blackberries are plagued with middleware. Cruddy middleware too. Always have been, probably always will be. Even in a pure Exchange environment you need this middleware. I do my best to move users away from Blackberry. I'm not a big iPhone fan either, but I'd rather they use that than a Blackberry.

What I've been waiting for, and have yet to see is a simple Blackberry device application that will allow direct Exchange sync connectivity on the device. It's a simple Java script device, so you'd think someone could do it with little to no effort. Might be wrong on that though, but I'm sure who ever would do that could have a very nice market ready for them.

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cthomas

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leetheman wrote on Wed, 06 August 2008 09:52

First off download the Kerio Sync Connector and install it.


The Kerio Sync Connector does not seem to be available via the Kerio website any longer.

Funambol seems to be waay overkill for simply syncing calendars and contacts.

I'm using KOFF 6.5.2 with BB Desktop 4.2.0.14 and I just want to do a simple USB sync. What are my options?

- C. Thomas
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