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  • OMA/Active Sync issues with forms based authentication

    Hi. I have a problem on my Exchange 2003 SP-2 server with forms based authentication and OMA/Active Sync.

    Since I'm not running the server as frontend I have problems accessing OMA and Active Sync.

    I have read the Microsoft KB article:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/817379/EN-US/
    and made the necessary changes to the registry and IIS but I still get the error message when trying to access my mailbox in OMA:

    Outlook(R) Mobile Access is supported only on Microsoft(R) Exchange Server 2003. Currently your mailbox is stored on an older version of Exchange server. Please contact your system administrator for additional assistance.

    I have even tried with disabling forms based authentication but I still get the same error message. I have tried to found a answer/solution to the problem here on the forums and in Microsofts Knowledgebase but so far nothing has worked

    I hope that someone has a clue to what the problem can be.

    Many thanks
    Johan

  • #2
    Re: OMA/Active Sync issues with forms based authentication

    Are you trying to use SSL ?

    if you are it will not work without a front end /back end implementation.

    Do you see any error codes on the device when you try to synchronise?

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    • #3
      Re: OMA/Active Sync issues with forms based authentication

      Hi. Yes, I use SSL. As you say, it seems that I need to have a frontend and a backend server in order to use Active sync

      Any tips when setting up the frontend/backend ?

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      • #4
        Re: OMA/Active Sync issues with forms based authentication

        Download the document here : http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...displaylang=en

        It should give you all you need to know.

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        • #5
          Re: OMA/Active Sync issues with forms based authentication

          The information above about this feature not working without fe/be when you want to use SSL is wrong. There are 1000s of servers using this feature with a single server - ie every machine that is running Small Business Server at least, and a large number of standard Exchange servers as well.

          817379 has some flaws.
          Reset it using my instructions here: http://www.amset.info/exchange/mobile-85010014.asp

          Simon.
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          • #6
            Re: OMA/Active Sync issues with forms based authentication

            Hi. I also thought it was weird that you had to run exchange in frontend/backend mode considering SBS etc. and this just proofs my theory.

            Unfortunately I have already configured a frontend server but I haven't configured it yet so I will revert back to one server solution and follow your guide.

            Thanks
            Johan

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            • #7
              Re: OMA/Active Sync issues with forms based authentication

              oops I guess I should have worded that 'I couldn't get it to work without front end/back end'.

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              • #8
                Re: OMA/Active Sync issues with forms based authentication

                Microsoft do try to push you to frontend/backend, but they have done that before (RPC over HTTPS - where you get a GUI for FE/BE, but registry entries for a single server).

                Simon.
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                Simon Butler
                Exchange MVP

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