Port3101.org: New Forum for BlackBerry Enterprise Server Admins by BES Admins
By Al Sacco
Managing Editor, CIO
BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) administrators and others who work with Research In Motion’s (RIM) BlackBerry infrastructure listen up: There’s a brand new online destination for BlackBerry admins, organized by and composed of other BES managers, and located at Port3101.org. From what I can gather, access to Port3101’s various admin- and advanced-user-oriented forums is well worth the time it takes to register and start making your introductions.
Named after a server port used for BES communications, Port3101.org just opened on Saturday but it’s already drawing a sizable crowd. As of 8:50 am (EST) this morning, there were 372 registered Port3101 users. And that number’s growing rapidly; there are already 10 more users than when I first registered roughly half an hour earlier at 8:20 am.
Port3101.org has BES forum sections for general inquiries (BES Admin Bar & Grill); BES utilities (Scripts & Tools/Hints & Tricks); featured BlackBerry knowledge base (KB) articles from RIM; and a BlackBerry Server frequently asked questions area. The site also offers forums for power users, off-topic conversation, site feedback and even one section dubbed the “Cesspool of Uselessness,” meant for, well, stupid, or useless, questions.
The forum is new, and it will presumably take Port3101 some time to organized, but I couldn’t help but notice that the forum categories appear to be a bit broad at this point. For example, sub-categories in the BES Admin Bar & Grill section for Microsoft Exchange- or Lotus Domino-specific queries are nonexistent. And there’s no forum dedicated specifically to BlackBerry Professional Software (BPS) issues.
It seems logical to assume that the Port3101.org folks will expand and customize the site accordingly with sub-forums as membership grows, but so far you’re restricted to the eight forum categories listed above. Even so, the site’s a great place to meet and communicate with other likeminded BES users.
With the latest BES version on the horizon, v5.0 or “Argon,” now’s a great time to join Port3101 and build your BES-related connections.
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.