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    Hi all,
    I am brand new to the Petri forums. Petri is a god who has saved me many times, now I need some advice, and hope some one in here can point me in the right direction. I need to find a cost efective solution to get email to our sales reptiles cell phones. They have Motorola Crazers and Razors.
    We currently have a single Exchange 2003 server (SP2) and cleints are accessing their email remotly via VPN connections, using either full client over VPN or OWA over VPN. We do not yet have ISA server and OWA is not secured via SSL. I have looked into RPC over HTTP(s) and know that it will require ISA server, ceritificates, ect.
    Is there a way to get exchange to forward email to a Gmail, Hotmail, etc. account and have that send to a Cell phone?
    I dont know that there is any way to do this without going to full Blackberrys, and a Blackberry BES server.
    Any input on this would be helpfull.
    Thanks
    Chris

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    Re: Exchange 2003 to cell phones

    I am mystified where people get this idea that you need to have an ISA server for remote access to Exchange. While that is the preferred solution from Microsoft it is not required. However for a secure deployment you do need to have an SSL certificate from a trusted solution.

    RPC over HTTPS has nothing to do with mobile devices, that is a feature for allowing full access to Exchange from Outlook from a remote server.

    As for cell phone support, that depends on the phone. The most straight forward solution is a device running Windows Mobile or something that supports Exchange ActiveSync. That is supported by Exchange 2003 without any additional software.

    The other option would be Blackberry. That will require additional software for the best integrated solution. While you can do forwarding that doesn't really provide an integrated solution.

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      Re: Exchange 2003 to cell phones

      I agree with Sembee. One option for those phones (and I don't know them) would be pop3 or imap collection but it would be quite limited. You would be better getting active sync enabled phones.
      You could also use a very basic looking OMA which I can imagine "some" salespeople may have problems using.
      Finally you can create your own certificate using selfssl which will give a cert error but still be more secure than standard http. To be fair there are many cheap ~£60 (in the UK) certificates you could buy as well.
      cheers
      Andy

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      • #4
        Re: Exchange 2003 to cell phones

        Thank you for all you replies. It seems you are both correct; in that we would be much better off with Windows Mobile devices that use active sync. Looks like they will be upgrading their phones in the real near future!
        One quicker question:
        Letís say I have a Palm Trio 700wx Smartphone that has Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC Phone Edition and Outlook Mobile on it. Are there any other pieces I need in order to receive and send mail from it via the exchange server 2003 sp2? Or is everything I need there? I went to the ESM, Global Settings, Mobile services properties and checked everything there, except the Device Security, which I left blank. Tested via web browser internally and it worked.... what more do I need to do to get this to the actual mobile phone?
        Thanks!
        Chris

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        • #5
          Re: Exchange 2003 to cell phones

          You should check that the device has the latest software. Ideally you should also need a commercial SSL certificate that is trusted by Windows Mobile. GoDaddy are the cheapest that I know of http://www.domainsforexchange.net/

          Instructions on how to setup the device and Exchange I have here:
          http://www.amset.info/exchange/mobile-setup.asp

          Simon.
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          Simon Butler
          Exchange MVP

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          More Exchange Content: http://exchange.sembee.info/
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