Installing and configuring BES12 instances with Microsoft SQL AlwaysOn

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Pre-installation tasks: BES12 management database and AlwaysOn

If a BES12 management database does not exist yet, you should create a new SQL Management database.

Note: It’s recommended to setup AlwaysOn (Failover Cluster Instances and/or Availability Group) before proceeding with BES12 deployment. Configuring AlwaysOn when the database existing is possible, however it requires SQL migration procedure; consult Microsoft documentation for details:

Installing and configuring BES12 instances with Microsoft SQL AlwaysOn

If you are using an FCI, use the Failover Cluster Manager tool to manage the FCI and failover settings.

If you are using an Availability Group, use Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio to set up the primary replica and secondary replicas and to configure failover settings. Visit the MSDN Library to see Getting Started with AlwaysOn Availability Groups and Use the Availability Group Wizard (SQL Server Management Studio). Choose the option to create a full backup for the secondary databases and specify a shared network location that all replicas can access.

BlackBerry Enterprise Service 12 installation and configuration

  1. Verify that the environment meets the requirements for installing BES12
  2. Follow the instructions for Installing the BES12 software.
  3. On the Database information screen, (when running the setup application) when specifying the Microsoft SQL Server name, type one of the following:
    • If using an AlwaysOn FCI, type the SQL Virtual Server Network Name for the WSFC cluster (for example, CompanySQLCluster).
    • If using an AlwaysOn availability group, type the Availability Group Listener Virtual Network Name (for example, CompanyListener).
  4. On the Database information screen, it is recommended that you use the Static port option and use the default port 1433.
  5. Update the db.properties file (must be done manually) to enable AlwaysOn setting after the BES12 software is installed on all the BES12 instances:
    • On the computer that hosts the BES12 instance, navigate to:
      <drive>:\Program Files\BlackBerry\BES\common-settings.
    • Open db.properties using a text editor.
    • Locate the configuration.database.ng.AlwaysOn setting and change the value from false to true.
    • Save and close db.properties.
    • Restart the BES12 services.
    • Repeat all the steps above for each of the desired BES12 instances being installed.

Note: Microsoft SQL Server AlwaysOn should not be used if the BES12 server is upgraded from a BES5 environment since AlwaysOn   HA solution is currently not supported on BES5.

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