Monday, 18 October 2010

Installing BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express and Java

We are in the process of finishing up a rather large SBS 2008 Premium deployment. Part of the setup requires us to install BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express on the second server for this client.

Once we ran through the prerequisite BESX setup steps on SBS 2008 we ran the actual BESX install on the second server. BESX had the ability to install the needed Java software during the setup routine but the actual Java components setup kept failing on our Windows Server 2008 SP2 x64 system.

So, we downloaded the newest Java versions and installed them. We ran through the BESX install process again thinking (read assuming) that BESX would see the _newer_ versions as legitimate and move on. It did not and the install failed yet again.

The BESX install window indicates that it requires Java RE and SEDK version 6 update 18 in the install routine window just prior to running the component installs. There was no Java installed on this server prior to running BESX setup.

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So, we uninstalled all of the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Java 6 Update 22, downloaded the earlier versions, installed them, and were finally able to install BESX on the standalone server.

There is a reference to the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch’s usage instructions in here somewhere! :)

Philip Elder
MPECS Inc.
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

*Our original iMac was stolen (previous blog post). We now have a new MacBook Pro courtesy of Vlad Mazek, owner of OWN.

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2 comments:

Mr Rob said...

So now that you have BES installed is everything working correctly?

Philip Elder SBS MVP said...

Mr. Rob,

The folks that I am collaborating with on this project are the ones driving the BB setup process.

So far, so good though.

Philip