What's new in BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 SP3



BlackBerry® Device Software updates

The BlackBerry® Enterprise Server includes the following enhancements to the software update process:
  • administrators can make software updates optional for BlackBerry device users
  • users have the option to rollback an optional software update

Support for additional instant messaging servers

The BlackBerry Enterprise Server is designed to support the following instant messaging servers:
  • Microsoft® Office Communications Server 2007 R2
  • Microsoft® Lync™ Server 2010

Enhancements to media file downloads

The default settings for media file downloads changed to allow users to download larger amounts of content using the BlackBerry® Browser or an HTTP connection using the BlackBerry MDS Connection Service.

Enhancements to highly secure messaging

Users that have S/MIME encryption enabled on their devices can send or forward email messages that contain attachments in signed, encrypted, or signed and encrypted format.

This feature will be supported in an upcoming release of BlackBerry Device Software.

Enhancements to the BlackBerry Administration Service

The BlackBerry Administration Service includes the following enhancements:
  • ability for you to delete only work data from BlackBerry devices
  • two new permissions that allow you to delete data from devices: "Delete all device data and remove device" and "Delete only the organization data and remove device permissions" (the "Edit a device" permission no longer permits you to delete all device data)
  • option for you to delete or disable a user account from the BlackBerry Enterprise Server after you delete only work data or all data from devices
  • option for the BlackBerry Administration Service to automatically select and authenticate with proxy servers
  • improved search results including additional user information and the option to sort and move columns for a customized display
  • option to export the data from the user search results into a .csv file

Enhancements to the online help for BlackBerry Administration Service and BlackBerry® Web Desktop Manager

The online help for the BlackBerry Administration Service and BlackBerry Web Desktop Manager is now available on the web. It includes the following enhancements:

  • Improved search capabilities
  • Search function for the Japanese language
  • Reorganized content
  • BlackBerry Enterprise Server Policy Reference Guide information
  • Easier navigation

Calendar synchronization process is enabled by default

The calendar synchronization process allows you to find and correct differences between the calendar entries on devices and the calendar entries on users' computers.

Support for assigning additional configurations to groups

You can assign VPN profiles and Wi-Fi® profiles to groups using the same method that you use to assign IT policies, software configurations, and roles to groups.

Enhancement to logging

By default, the logging level for deployment jobs is increased to debug to help you more easily identify, diagnose, and solve issues with incomplete jobs.

JDBC driver upgrade

The JDBC driver that BlackBerry Enterprise Server components use to connect to the BlackBerry Configuration Database is upgraded to version 2.0 for the BlackBerry Administration Service, and to version 3.0 for the BlackBerry MDS Connection Service.

New IT policy rules

For information about new IT policy groups and IT policy rules, see the BlackBerry Enterprise Server Policy Reference Guide.

New application control policy rule

A new application control policy rule named "Is access to the corporate data API allowed" specifies whether a third-party application or an add-on application developed by Research In Motion® can access work data on a device.

New traits

The BlackBerry Enterprise Trait Tool includes the following new traits:

  • PolicyEnterpriseWipeCommandOrderTraitType
  • BASIsProxyWPADOptionEnabled
  • BASNumberOfAdditionalWiredApplicationsToIncludeInACP
  • BASProxyBasicAuthUID
  • BASProxyBasicAuthPassword
  • EWSDomain
  • EWSPassword
  • EWSServiceAccount
  • MaxDomainSlowSyncsPerMin
  • MaxSyncServerSlowSyncsPerMin
  • MaxSyncServerSlowSyncsInProcess
  • MaxPollCycleCountForHungSlowSync
  • MaxPollCycleCountForNoResponseToSlowSync
  • NumberOfUserTargetTypeForSlowSyncInParallel
  • SlowSyncPollCycleInterval

For more information about new traits, see the BlackBerry Enterprise Server Administration Guide.

Changes to the BlackBerry Configuration Database schema

The changes to the BlackBerry Configuration Database schema for BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 SP3 are summarized in the UpgradeV99990101.sql file in the installation folder.

Support for Microsoft® Office 2010 file attachments

The BlackBerry Enterprise Server is designed to support Microsoft Office 2010 file attachments in messages.

Support for Microsoft® Hyper-V® Server 2008 R2

The BlackBerry Enterprise Server is designed to support the Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 virtualization platform.

Discontinued BlackBerry MDS Integration Service

The BlackBerry MDS Integration Service is no longer in production. If you installed the BlackBerry MDS Integration Service, you must remove it before you can upgrade to the latest BlackBerry Enterprise Server version. For more information, see the BlackBerry Enterprise Server Upgrade Guide.

End of support for Microsoft® SQL Server® 2000

The BlackBerry Enterprise Server no longer supports Microsoft SQL Server 2000 and MSDE.

If the installer detects Microsoft SQL Server 2000 or MSDE, the setup application displays a warning message and you cannot continue to install or upgrade the BlackBerry Enterprise Server until you upgrade the database server.

Upgrade support

You can upgrade the BlackBerry Enterprise Server to 5.0 SP3 from any of the following versions:

  • BlackBerry Enterprise Server 4.1 SP7
  • BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0
  • BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 SP1
  • BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 SP2

To upgrade the BlackBerry Enterprise Server to 5.0 SP3 from a version that is not listed above, you must first upgrade to one of the versions listed above.

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