RIM publishes changes in upcoming BlackBerry Enterprise Server v5.0.4

While RIM has not the latest BlackBerry Enterprise v5.0.4 official, they have managed to make the changes in this new service pack official by publishing the change log for it.  RIM did this by releasing the changes in a Knowledge base article on their site.  If you aren’t a BES IT manager this probably isn’t the most exciting news, but it does include some changes that will affect those of us using a BlackBerry connected to BES.  Hit the break for the full list of changes.

Upgrade paths:

Administrators can upgrade to BlackBerry® Enterprise Server 5.0 SP4 from the following software versions:

  • BlackBerry® Enterprise Server 5.0 SP2
  • BlackBerry® Enterprise Server 5.0 SP3

Administrators can upgrade to BlackBerry® Enterprise Server 5.0 SP4 for Novell® GroupWise® from BlackBerry® Enterprise Server 5.0 SP1 for Novell® GroupWise®.

There is no direct upgrade path from BlackBerry® Enterprise Server 4.x.

Java Support

  • Java® 6 Update 31 or higher

BlackBerry Monitoring Service Removed

  • BlackBerry® Enterprise Server 5.0 SP4 does not include the BlackBerry® Monitoring Service.
  • No version of the BlackBerry® Monitoring Service works with BlackBerry® Enterprise Server 5.0 SP4.
  • Upon upgrading to BlackBerry® Enterprise Server 5.0 SP4, the Installer will force the removal of the BlackBerry Monitoring Service component if it is installed.

New Messaging Features

  • Includes support for sending messages that use Latin characters along with Hebrew or Arabic characters.
  • The maximum size of HTML email messages has been increased from 32KB to 300KB.
  • The default maximum attachment size has been increased from from 3MB to 10MB.
  • Synchronizes the full body of sent messages to the BlackBerry® smartphone.
  • The time from the BlackBerry® smartphone is used to indicate the time a message was sent instead of using the time on the server. Sent messages now display the correct sent time even if the BlackBerry® smartphone is in a time zone that is different from the BlackBerry® Enterprise Server.
  • The BlackBerry® Attachment Service now supports password-protected attachments.
  • The BlackBerry® Attachment Service for displays more shapes from Microsoft® PowerPoint® attachments.

Email Pre-Population

  • The default number of messages to prepopulate has been increased to 1000 or 14 days of messages (whichever is less).
  • Performs prepopulation at every activation, not just when a PIN changes (for example if all data and applications are deleted and the smartphone is activated again).
  • Includes both header and body information in prepopulated messages.

New Calendar Features

  • Canceled meetings can be left in the calendar on BlackBerry® smartphones instead of automatically removing them. This feature is supported on BlackBerry® device software 7.1 and higher.

Security Enhancements

  • Includes security enhancements that are designed to allow verification of data integrity and authenticity for organizations that use multiple layers of encryption.

BlackBerry Enteprise Server Resource Kit

  • The BlackBerry® Enterprise Transporter includes online help.
  • Does not include the BlackBerry® Domain Search tool because BlackBerry® Mobile Fusion Studio includes the features the tool offered.

Performance Features

  • Includes enhancements that reduce the workload on the computer that hosts the BlackBerry® Configuration Database.

Access Control Policies

  • Administrators can assign access control policies to both individuals and groups.

VPN Profile Certificates

  • Administrators can configure VPN profile certificates for BlackBerry® smartphones so that users do not need to perform this task.