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This is my incomplete guide where I'm going to jot down notes and hopefully edit in the future to a full guide, and maybe help somebody in the same boat.

I started with a fresh install of server 2008 x64 standard, updated to sp2, then did all the windows updates, rebooted.

The server running KBC and BES(X) from what I can tell, MUST BE PROMOTED to either a PDC or a member of a domain, where you have the active directory users and computers snapin. This took me 3 days to figure out as I'm not a Windows Domain expert.

The Blackberry installer will simply CRASH after creating the config db if it is not a PDC or member of a domain, simply having the active directory domain services roll installed is not enough.

Be sure it is a PDC/Domain member PRIOR to installing the KBC. If you install it, and even uninstall it, then promote, the KBC installer will fail with a message that you can't do the install/upgrade as you have done it before as a different user (once you promote a server, you can no longer login as a local users, only a domain user)
Your other computers on your network obviously don't have to join this domain or anything to work properly.

I believe you must install the KBC as the same user as you're going to install BES(X) as.

I also had to reboot after installing the CDO/MAPI components or the KBC installer would fail, stating it couldn't create a MAPI instance.

I did the BES(X) install as a besadmin user, mine was a "member of" the administrator group, and a domain admins group, neither of which I believe is a requirement.

In the last part of the BES(X) install, I chose to have BES(X) itself handle the admin logins, instead of using active directory. The first time I tried it with AD, it would not authenticate.

So,

1)install server 2008, do sp2, windows updates etc, reboot
2) promote to a PDC or join a domain
3) create a besadmin user with admin rights
4) login as that besadmin user
5) install the CDO objects http : //www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?familyid=27143 20d-c997-4de1-986f-24f081725d36&displaylang=en
6) reboot
7) install the Kerio blackberry connector, maybe reboot?
Cool run the BES(X) installer, leaving all defaults, except for the admin authentication if you don't want AD to handle the logins
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10) PROFIT
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