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How to Disable MDS-CS on a Per-User Basis

Any BES administrator who has migrated their BES environment from 4.1 to 5.0 can see the extensive changes made in the central blackberry management interface. I’ve found it difficult at times to find certain options in the new BAS console. Today, I was looking for the option to turn off MDS-CS for a specific user in other words I wanted to keep the user from browsing the internet/intranet from their blackberry. The MDS user component has been renamed External Services and can be found under the component information of a BES user account.

The “Big 3” Colocation Monthly Cost Factors

Below are the “Big 3” colocation cost factors that will make up the majority of your monthly bill


Space is the proximity that you will occupy inside of the colocation facility. Space is billed by the amount of rack space you occupy. It can sold in multi 1U, shared, or private half/full rack(s) increments.


Bandwidth is billed by megabits per second (Mbps) circuit (sometimes less) and can be served to your rack’s networking equipment over a variety of mediums (i.e. copper, fiber).

Colocation vendors typically offer two different billing methods: capped and burstable billing.