Exchange 2010 SP1 RU3 pulled: Blackberry issue

For those looking for Exchange 2010 SP1 Rollup 3, you’re in for an unpleasant surprise. Today, Microsoft pulled the Rollup because of issues with Blackberry devices sending duplicate messages.

While Microsoft is working with RIM to identify and solve the issue, the advice is to wait for updates regarding this issue and meanwhile put RU3 implementations on hold. If you’ve already implemented RU3 and are seeing no issues, you can leave it installed.

More information regarding this issue on the (revised) EHLO page here.

BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express

Today at the Mobile World Congress, RIM announced the BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express (BESE). BESE is positioned by RIM as a free(!) alternative for small to medium sized companies which require BlackBerry’s security and manageability, but don’t require all enterprise funtions. For example, this also means lack of advanced monitoring and high availability options found in the enterprise product. BESE will work with Exchange 2003 SP2, 2007 SP1 and 2010 in combination with Windows SBS 2003 and 2008. Very helpful is the BlackBerry comparison chart you can download here (PDF).

You can read the full press release here. BESE is scheduled for release in March. BESE has its own webpage on RIM’s website here.