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Old 10-22-2008, 05:39 AM   #1
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Smile Email with postfix and blackberry


I have a postfix email server and one of my VPs has purchased a Blackberry.I need to know how to set it up so that his company email is forwarded to his Blackberry but still available to him in the office via POP3.
 
Old 10-22-2008, 08:16 AM   #2
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This may help:

http://forums.devshed.com/mail-serve...nt-134757.html

apparently you add ~/.forward text file with the name of the email address you want to forward to and that's it. Don't run a postfix server so this is about as much as I can do.
 
Old 10-22-2008, 08:57 AM   #3
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Blackberry wants to PULL mail from somewhere, unless you have BES - (Blackberry Enterprise Server) and I think BES only want to talk to Exchange. Zimbra can also support Blackberry devices I think...

Since I don't allow external access to my mail server POP3/IMAP here's how we worked around the issue.

Configured a gmail account for the users mail.
Configure postfix to forward a copy of users mail to a gmail account
configure blackberry to pull mail from the gmail account

Yeah I'm sure there are better ways of doing it, but this seemed to work for both the Palm devices as well as the Blackberry devices.
 
Old 12-01-2008, 05:00 PM   #4
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Postfix + Gmail + Blackberry

Farslayer -

What is the extent of integration/synching between the Blackberry and Gmail and Postfix in your setup? Does your set up do more than just forward mail to the Blackberry? I'm not familiar with the capabilities of Blackberry (outside of an Exchange environment with Blackberry Enterprise Server), but I have a basic Postfix setup at an office and they want to use their Blackberry so bad that they want to know how much it will cost to get Exchange Server! Forgetting their request, how is your setup configured as far as POP3 or IMAP? What happens when they delete on Blackberry, etc.

Thanks
 
Old 12-01-2008, 08:35 PM   #5
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Our setup just forwards.. there is no further integration..

t's not that they don't want the integration I have offered them other options, they are just too damn cheap to even look at the other options.

An alternative to MS Exchange + BES is Zimbra(Standard or Professional)+ BES The Zimbra Option is a lot cheaper than exchange and has a lot of functionality.

http://www.zimbra.com/products/product_editions.html
pricing (I just wish they had a perpetual licensing option.. )
http://www.zimbra.com/products/pricing_on_site.html
http://www.zimbra.com/products/zimbra_mobile.html
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Zimbra Mobile(Still requires a BES server)

Zimbra Mobile is an additional license option for either ZCS Standard or Network Edition users. It has an annual license fee starting at $500 if you have 25 or 50 mailboxes and is $1000 for 75 or more mailboxes.

Please note: additional third party software / licenses may be required depending on the devices that you plan on supporting.

Or you can forgo the BES integration and have them access mail using the web browser on their mobile device..
http://www.zimbra.com/products/mobile_web_browser.html
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Both Zimbra Collaboration Suite 5.0 Open Source and Network Edition users can access their email, contacts, and calendar using our Zimbra Mobile Web Client. This provides on-the-go access to the Zimbra experience to virtually all end-users.

All that is required is an HTML capable web browser that can be pointed at your Zimbra Server URL (e.g. http://servername.com/zimbra/m/). No additional license is required and it can be used for free.
In which case you can use the FREE Open Source Edition of ZCS..
On the up side you can download and install this on a box and have them test it live...

and by too cheap I mean our execs aren't currently willing to pay for a server to install the OSS version of ZCS on... I can hardly wait for February, when the funds start flowing again..

Last edited by farslayer; 12-01-2008 at 08:38 PM.
 
Old 12-02-2008, 12:51 AM   #6
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I'm going to give the forwarding a try since it's quick and easy.

I've known about Zimbra but haven't seen it in action. Maybe I'll download to test.

Thanks.
 
Old 12-02-2008, 12:58 AM   #7
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you can start by checking out hte live demo on their site to get a feel for the interface and web client.. very nicely done.
 
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There is a product called ATLAS GMV that allows connection between a BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) and a postfix email server, using IMAP4. You just need to be sure that the IMAP IDLE extension is in place in your server. However, your VP will have to use IMAP instead of POP from now on!
 
Old 02-28-2009, 12:24 AM   #9
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There is a product called ATLAS GMV that allows connection between a BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) and a postfix email server, using IMAP4. You just need to be sure that the IMAP IDLE extension is in place in your server. However, your VP will have to use IMAP instead of POP from now on!
Good to know.. I'll keep that in mind if I ever need to get a BES server, casue I certainly ain't gonna switch to MS Exchange.
 
  


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