One new feature made possible with the release of version 5 of the BlackBerry device software (when used in conjunction with a BES 5 server), is the ability to access and search remote file systems: both Windows and Samba-based.
To add the file share to the BES, log into the BlackBerry Web Administration Console (remember that if using the BAS' internal authentication mechanism, the default username is 'admin' rather than 'besadmin').
Browse to Servers and Components --> BlackBerry Domain --> Component View --> MDS Connection Service. Click on the File tab and select the option to Edit Component:
Enter a name for the share, this can be anything to identify the share to the administrator, as well as the UNC path to the file share [in the form \\(server)\file_share]
This share must be available to the BES, ideally on the same local network.
Enter the details of a domain user account to be used to access the share. This user account must naturally have permission to access the share.
Click Save All.
Click on the Configuration Sets tab:
Enter a name for the Configuration Set and add the file share created earlier.
Now browse to the specific MDS Connection Service instance you want to assign the component to and click on the Component Configuration Sets tab:
Add the Configuration Set you created earlier and click Save All.
Now click on the Instance Information tab and select the option to Restart Instance.
The file share has now been configured. To access the share from the handheld device, open the Applications folder and select the Files icon:
Select All Documents and enter in the name of the file if you know it, or a partial match to search for: