MS Windows 2003 SBS pop3 connector / Blackberry Enterprise Server Express

I have built a new server on VMWare to accommodate the new Blackberry Enterprise Server Express 5.0.1 that was just recently released. I was quite ecstatic to hear RIM was giving this up for free. Since I had a 5 CAL license for Windows 2003 Small Business Server, I setup this on my VM, which also included Exchange Server 2003. Setup was easy, did all the updates to this ancient OS. Then setup the BESX on the same server. Since I only plan to host personal/SOHO domain, this is totally acceptable. Blackberry suggests I can have upto 75 users on this server. The server itself is pretty decent – Xeon, 4GB ECC Ram, Raid5.

Blackberry has this great video tutorial that shows how to set the BESX up in a jiffy.

you can view the video here

Going forward, I had redirected my domains email to the exchange server, this entailed me to purchase anti spam software as it was getting ridiculous with out it.

What I decided to do is activate POP3 Connector which comes with the SBS 2003 OS. The downside was that it only polls every 15 minimum. Boo! Doesnt that defeat having push email to the blackberry?

Well I found a reg edit hack that will accelerate the polling.

You can set the polling interval in the GUI if you view the properties of
the POP3 Connector Manager, and then click the “Scheduling” tab. To set the
polling interval so that polling occurs more frequently than every 15
minutes, you must configure the ScheduleAccelerator registry entry.

1. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:


2. On the “Edit” menu, point to “New”, and then click “DWORD Value”.

3. Type “ScheduleAccelerator” (without the quotation marks) as the entry
name, and then press ENTER.

5. On the “Edit” menu, click “Modify”.

6. In the “Value data” box, click decimal, type the value that you want, and then click
“OK”. To determine the polling interval, the value that is configured on the
“Scheduling” tab in the GUI is divided by the value that you type for the
ScheduleAccelerator entry. For example, if a 15 minute interval is specified
in the GUI and you set the value of the ScheduleAccelerator entry to 3, the
connector will poll ever five minutes.

7. Quit Registry Editor

new blackberry bold 9700

Research in Motion has recently announced the Canadian company will be releasing a couple of new smart phones. The Bold (2) 9700 and Storm 2.

I dont hold much interest in the Storm 2 as I am not a fan of touch screen.

I currently own the Bold 9000 and also the Curve 8900. These are two of the best phones built by the Canadian smart phone maker in my opinion. However, this new 9700 will and has caught many peoples attention. Why you ask? Just think of the two phones I own meshed into one! The Bold 9000 is supplied by my work and since I didnt want to have 2 phones strapped to my waist, I opted to get the 8900 Curve. The 8900 stays in my pocket (this is for my personal/own business). I always wished that the curve would have 3G and the Bold be a bit smaller like the curve…. low and behold, the new 9700 Bold!!! Needless to say that I am very excited. The camera on the 8900 Curve is phenomenal. The camera on the Bold 9000 sucks! I can hammer on the Bold 9000 keyboard faster than on the curve 8900; i have read from boy genius reports that the keyboard on the 9700 has been improved.. better than the 8900, similar to the Bold— in the 8900 form factor…

Once I pick this baby up I will post some pics and do a write up on it.