MSExchange.org Monthly Newsletter of July 2008 Sponsored by: Red Gate
Welcome to the MSExchange.org newsletter by Henrik Walther, Exchange MVP, MCA: Messaging (Exchange Ranger) Apprentice, MCTS Windows Server 2008, MCITP Exchange 2007, MCSE 2003 Messaging/Security. Each month we will bring you interesting and helpful information on Exchange Server. We want to know what all *you* are interested in hearing about. Please send your suggestions for future newsletter content to: firstname.lastname@example.org
1. My Experiences with Exchange ActiveSync on the iPhone
Welcome to the July 2008 edition of the MSExchange.org newsletter!
Welcome to the July 2008 edition of the MSExchange.org newsletter! As some of you may be aware, the iPhone 2.0 software update that were handed out to a selected share of developers and enterprise customers in a beta version back in March 2008 has finally been completed and released to the public. In this newsletter, I wanted to share my experiences with the iPhone 2.0 software specifically in regards to the new Exchange ActiveSync features.
Okay so Apple is saying an iPhone running iPhone 2.0 is the best business phone ever (read that statement here: http://www.apple.com/iphone/enterprise). Do I agree? No! As a matter of fact it is not even close, at least not when it comes to Exchange ActiveSync. You can synchronize an iPhone 2.0 device with either Exchange 2003 SP2 or Exchange 2007 SP1. But the iPhone only supports the most basic features and policies! The following Exchange ActiveSync policies are supported:
In addition, you can remote wipe an iPhone 2.0 device as well as configure the Exchange ActiveSync profile using Autodiscover just like you can already do with a Windows Mobile 6.1 device. It is also worth mentioning you can access the Exchange Global Address List (GAL) from an iPhone with iPhone 2.0 software installed. But that is it really and when you take into consideration that Exchange Server 2007 SP1 includes more than 30 different device policies, all of which are supported by Windows Mobile 6.1 devices, supporting 4 policies is far from impressive! Moreover, iPhone 2.0 lacks support for the following features:
How can you call a device that does not support the above, the best business phone on the market? Even worse is that a remote wipe can take several hours to complete, and because of this Apple actually recommends keeping the device in the cradle when a wipe is performed, so that the device does not run out of battery. Hmm okay, that is an interesting tip. Rumor also has it that Apple based the ActiveSync implementation on version 2.5, which is the version that is included with Exchange 2003 SP2. This means that none of the new features introduced with Exchange 2007 RTM/SP1 is supported. One can wonder why they made that decision.
The above means that if you apply policies like require alphanumeric passwords, encryption on device/storage card, limit allowed message sizes, etc, the iPhone will not be able to synchronize. There is also some other strange behavior I have noticed. When you uncheck the "allow HTML email" policy and disallow non-provisionable devices, the device also will not sync.
Finally you should be careful when changing any of the new Exchange 2007 SP1 policies, as this can block the iPhone from synching as well. With this in mind, I suggest you create a new Exchange ActiveSync policy specifically for the iPhone users within your organization.
Although we have the above issues/limitations with the Exchange ActiveSync in iPhone 2.0, do I use the device for messaging and calendaring today? Yes I still use it and probably will for some time. I should mention that the features they actually chose to support have been implemented very well, so I will probably use it until I get an HTC Touch PRO.
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3. MSExchange.org Learning Zone Articles of Interest
We have a great group of articles in the Learning Zone that will help you get a handle on your most difficult configuration issues. Here are just a few of the newer and more interesting articles:
4. KB Articles of the Month
Here are some interesting and useful MSExchange related articles posted by Microsoft in the last month:
5. MSExchange News of the Month
6. Ask Henrik Walther a question
Patience, patience, patience! :-) Although Hyper-V recently was released to web; the Exchange Product group does not support any Exchange 2007 server roles running as virtual servers under Hyper-V, yet. However, the Exchange product group will come out with an announcement within 60 days after the release date of Hyper-V, so we are speaking very soon (few days) now.