Well, I wrote the Install BESx on a Single Exchange 2010 Server last year and I am pleasantly surprised that RIM has since developed an excellent interactive instruction “tutorial”.  Other than the first few items, I will keep my numbering related to that “tutorial” and that will make my instructions much shorter:


Two quick things before we get to the fun:

  1. Patch your Exchange Server to whatever is current in Windows Update and reboot if you can.
  2. Spend 20 minutes and skim RIM’s BES Express Install Tutorial

Now lets get the real pre-work:

  1. Register and Download Blackberry Enterprise Server Express from http://us.blackberry.com/apps-software/business/server/express/ .�
    1. Note that RIM may take upwards of a day to actually send you the files you need, so do this first. 
    2. When you get access to the Distribution Center for BlackBerry Software, make sure you COPY / PASTE the codes into a text file for use later because trying to accurately type by hand will not be fun.
    3. You can skip to the next steps while you are waiting.
  2. Download and install the Microsoft Exchange MAPI and Collaboration Data Objects 1.2.1 .
  3. If the server does not already have SQL 2005 or newer, download and install SQL 2008 R2 64Bit with Management tools :
    1. If your server does not have SQL the BES install will install SQL Express 2005
      1. This is likely fine, but I personally do not like using old DB software.  I think that future BESx upgrades will be smoother because I am already running a current version of SQL and it will be more supported by Microsoft if you have problems.
  4. Create a new user named BESAdmin using the Exchange Management Console.4 Create BESAdmin Exchange Account
  5. Give BESAdmin permissions by openning an Exchange Shell and copy / pasting the following two commands
    1. Add-ExchangeAdministrator “BESAdmin” -Role ViewOnlyAdmin
    2. Get-MailboxServer “YOUR-EXCHANGE-SERVER-NAME” | Add-ADPermission -User “BESAdmin” -AccessRights ExtendedRight -ExtendedRights Receive-As, ms-Exch-Store -Admin, Send-As
      5a Add View Only Permission To BESAdmin 5b Add ReceiveAs Permission To BESAdmin
  6. Add BESAdmin to the local Admin Group and grant BESAdmin the LOG ON LOCALLY right:
    6a Add BESAdmin To Local Admin Group 6b Add BESAdmin to Log on Locally
  7. Add BESADmin to your SQL Logins and set SQL to use TCP:
    7a Add BESAdmin To SQL Login 7b Enable TCP in SQL Server

Ok, that is all the prework.


Step 8 in RIM’s Tutorial:

Launch the setup, blow through the first two screens and then enjoy all of the majesty that is the BES Express install.  It is very complex and time consuming.  Fortunately, I got though this all the steps without a single mistake. 

Note that I had to reboot after the install was complete although I do not see any instructions from RIM stating a reboot is required.

Good Luck!


Chippa · October 25, 2011 at 9:22 am

Hi Ian, could you please email me the screen shots, ones on this page are not very clear.

    Ian Matthews · October 25, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Good Day;

    I have completed my installs last year and have only what is posted. Sorry.

cephas chan · September 7, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Could you email me? I have a few questions in private

    Ian Matthews · September 16, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Sorry, but I don’t want to respond to what might be a spambot. If you are real, please post again and I will email you.

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