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Old 08-07-2009, 08:30 AM
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My employeer is doing a complete review of the IT policy rules available as we plan our migration to BES 5.0. The last review was done when BES 4.0 was installed. We are trying to remove restrictions unless there is too great a risk associated with the rule. Its a little time consuming reviewing each rule but in the long run everyone (admins, security, and end-users) will is much happier with the end results.

I have a couple rules that I have questions about and having been able to find the answers. Hopefully someone an clue me in.

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Allow Application Download Services IT policy rule
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This rule specifies whether application download service icons appear on a BlackBerry® device when the wireless service provider assigns a service to a BlackBerry device and the appropriate service books are present on the BlackBerry device.

Default value
The default value is True.

Usage
Change this rule to False to hide all application download service icons.
What are these application download service icons and service books? Are these the home screen icons for TeleNav that prompt for download and install?

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Minimum Encryption Key Length IT policy rule
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This rule specifies the minimum encryption key length (in bytes) that a BlackBerry® device uses to encrypt Bluetooth® connections. The permitted range is 1 through 16 bytes.

Default value
The default value is 1 byte.
Would increasing the encryption key length have any effect on the end-user? Or is this something that is completely transparent to them?


Thats it for now. We are only half way thru our review so I might have a few more rules I need clarification on. Thanks to everyone for taking the time to comment.

Doug

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With regards to the first one, it is the browser icons pushed to the device from carriers (such as AT&T's 10 million icons). The policy rids you of most of them, but not all of them.

The latter option should be transparent to the user, although some BT devices may not be compatible (doubtful but possible).
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I have blocked the first, and notice exactly what Otto has said. The ones that have RIM software branding stay, while AT&T's crap is removed.

The second I have set to 16, but since all bluetooth devices are blocked sans the CAC readers, I could not tell you how it restricts other devices.
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CAC readers
*giggles like a little schoolgirl*
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Thanks guys!
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I have also heard that enabling/upping the Bluetooth encryption can slow down BT devices, but have no direct experience of this.
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I have blocked the first, and notice exactly what Otto has said. The ones that have RIM software branding stay, while AT&T's crap is removed.

The second I have set to 16, but since all bluetooth devices are blocked sans the CAC readers, I could not tell you how it restricts other devices.
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*giggles like a little schoolgirl*

Sith, pay no attention to Otto. He's just jealous that he doesn't get to support the truly wonderful CAC readers (AKA Smart Card Readers, or Bluetooth devices from Hell).
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