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How a BlackBerry Enterprise Server and messaging server protect a connection to each other

A BlackBerry® Enterprise Server is designed to connect to the following messaging servers in a highly secure manner.

Messaging server


IBM® Lotus® Domino®

The BlackBerry Enterprise Server and the Lotus Domino server communicate using the IBM® Lotus Notes® RPC protocol.

A user who activates a BlackBerry device when the device is connected to a computer can encrypt data that is in transit between the Lotus Domino server and a Lotus Notes Inbox.

For more information, see the online help for Lotus Domino.

Microsoft® Exchange

The BlackBerry Enterprise Server and Microsoft® Exchange Server communicate using the Microsoft Exchange Server RPC protocol.

A user can use 128-bit encryption to encrypt RPC communication over the MAPI connection between the Microsoft Exchange server and Microsoft® Outlook®.

For more information about turning on encryption, see the documentation for Microsoft Exchange.

Novell® GroupWise®

The BlackBerry Enterprise Server is designed to use a trusted application key to open a connection to the Novell GroupWise server. To generate the trusted application key, an administrator of Novell GroupWise runs the trusted application key generator, specifies the location of the primary domain of Novell GroupWise, and specifies the application name that the BlackBerry Enterprise Server can use to connect to the Novell GroupWise server. The trusted application key is a 64-byte ASCII string.

The BlackBerry Enterprise Server connects to a user’s mailbox in a highly secure manner using the trusted application key. The Novell GroupWise server verifies the trusted application key and permits the BlackBerry Enterprise Server to open a connection to the Novell GroupWise database for the user.

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