How To: Synchronize Blackberry and Zimbra on OS X
At first looks there is no obvious way to synchronize RIM’s Blackberry devices with the Zimbra mail client. Blackberry already has a huge following in the business world while Zimbra is starting to become extremely popular as an Exchange replacement.
But, out of the box neither will talk to each other directly on OS X.
This can be resolved, but it’s actually a two step process so it will take a little bit of extra work to be sure that data does not get out of date.
Zimbra provides Apple iSync Connector which is currently bundled in the Network Edition Professional Server download, available in the trial version (signup required) or from the Admin Console in an already existing Zimbra install.
Install the iSync Connector with the directions here.
Once the connector is installed it’s a good idea to go ahead and do the initial synchronization. This will sync Calendar, Contacts, Notes, and the Address Book to the corresponding OS X Application. Email will of course not sync since the Blackberry can be setup as an email client and can receive the emails directly.
After the initial synchronization between Zimbra and the desktop, it’s now possible to sync the desktop with the Blackberry.
This is done with the PocketMac Application which is a free download for those who already have a Blackberry. It is not free for any other phone or PDA, although it does work with a wide variety of other systems.
Install PocketMac, plug in the Blackberry, hit the sync button on the dock and watch it all happen like magic.
Using this scenario it’s possible to get out of sync very easily though. I highly suggest getting in the habit of only making changes to one device ever, or doing this two step sync process immediately after adding or making changes.