Free BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) Express Software Updated to 5.0 SP2
Handset-maker RIM released an update to its free BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) Express software for SMBs, adding new administrative and user self-service tools.
By Al Sacco
Managing Editor, CIO
Organizations that employ Research In Motion’s (RIM) free BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) Express software to connect BlackBerry smartphones to corporate systems and resources this morning have access to a new software update, BES Express 5.0 Service Pack 2 (SP2) or v22.214.171.124.
BES Express is a “slimmed-down” version of RIM’s widely used BlackBerry Enterprise Server software that organizations can download for free for access to a subsection of the mobile device management and security features packed into the full BES, which can be quite pricey. (Read more about the differences between BES and BES Express here. Note: BES Express requires Microsoft Exchange or Windows Small Business Server.)
The latest version of the free software adds a number of new administrative tools and features, as well as new user self-service utilities.
Single sign-on (no passwords needed to securely access the intranet, files or business systems “behind the firewall,” BlackBerry Web Desktop Manager and BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express BlackBerry Administration Service)
New employee self-service tools for securing a lost or stolen device
Added web browser support for BlackBerry Administration Service and BlackBerry Web Desktop Manager, including Internet Explorer 8, Mozilla Firefox 3.6, Google Chrome 4.0 and Safari 4
Added support for Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft Hyper-V 2008, and SQL Server 2008.
Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.