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    Hey all,

    Its been many years since i've had to do this and i've forgotten what to do.

    Requirement has come that we steadily move away from Blackberry devices and onto Smartphones such as iPhones, Windows Phone 7, Android.

    Now the domain is already setup for receiving email, i've tested using a non SSL connection and it works fine.

    Now we need to implemtn the SSL option and i've seen this

    http://www.petri.com/configure_ssl_on_owa.htm

    and this

    http://www.petri.com/configure_ssl_on_oma.htm

    Which seem easy peasy to follow.

    Question is this.

    Are these the correct methods for adding the certificate to the Exchange Server so we can sync with smartphones??

    System is Windows Server 2003 R2 SP2 with Exchnage 2003 SP2 installed.

    Also what are your recommendations for SSL certificates? GoDaddy, DigiCert, ExchangeCertificates...

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    Re: Sync Exchange Email with Smartphones

    As far as certificates go, GoDaddy or CertificatesForExchange are comparable -- I believe the latter is cheaper but GoDaddy are normally offering a discount for registered customers so not much in it.

    I think the links you have cover it -- if you do not have a separate front end server there is a little bit of tweaking with ports (see http://www.petri.com/how-can-i-confi...r-scenario.htm)
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    • #3
      Re: Sync Exchange Email with Smartphones

      Originally posted by Ossian View Post
      As far as certificates go, GoDaddy or CertificatesForExchange are comparable -- I believe the latter is cheaper but GoDaddy are normally offering a discount for registered customers so not much in it.

      I think the links you have cover it -- if you do not have a separate front end server there is a little bit of tweaking with ports (see http://www.petri.com/how-can-i-confi...r-scenario.htm)
      Cheers Tom.

      Got the certs through GoDaddy, $60 for 10 for 1 year.

      Will have a read through the link provided, never used it for testing without SSL so might not be applicable.

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      • #4
        Re: Sync Exchange Email with Smartphones

        Well worth testing using testexchangeconnectivity.com as well before you start rolling out to the users.
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        • #5
          Re: Sync Exchange Email with Smartphones

          testexchangeconnectivity.com seems suspect imo. for some reason i have seen quite a few references to this site lately, so i had to check it out. im still trying to convince myself to use it...

          you think if microsoft put a website together to test one of its bread-and-butter software suites, it would look a little more.. i dont know, professional? and with all the domains that microsoft has, testexchangeconnectivity.com is the best they could do? i have subs to the service center, msdn, sql, yada yada, and none of them have an address like that. the whois looks fishy when compared to a genuine m$ website also...

          i hope everyone reads the part about using a dummy account and deleting it after using this site...

          although if someone was silly enough to test their domain with a schema admin account, i would suggesting having someone else change the password and not tell you what it is.
          its easier to beg forgiveness than ask permission.
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          • #6
            Re: Sync Exchange Email with Smartphones

            It's a Microsoft site all right
            http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/...5/3407129.aspx
            Given it's purpose I don't think it needs to look any more professional, it's not something end users are going to be visiting.
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            • #7
              Re: Sync Exchange Email with Smartphones

              There are links to that site within Exchange 2010 in the management toolbox.

              It gets upgrades announced on the Team Blog:
              http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/...r-rca-2-1.aspx

              And you can access it on the Microsoft domain if you wish
              https://testconnectivity.microsoft.com/

              Not sure what you are expecting it to look like. It matches the Microsoft Exchange look and feel. Obviously if you don't follow the instructions to use a test account (including the warnings) then you deserve everything that you get. Using an Admin level account will give you inaccurate instructions anyway, as admins shouldn't be using mobile devices on an admin account. Use a regular user account.

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              • #8
                Re: Sync Exchange Email with Smartphones

                Originally posted by cruachan View Post
                Well worth testing using testexchangeconnectivity.com as well before you start rolling out to the users.
                Yeah got that bookmarked for later. Cheers.

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