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Configuring an IPhone 3 or 4 with Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 SP2

Microsoft Exchange 2007 has a lot of great features built for mobile devices, but Exchange 2003 is a little more “in the dark” when it comes to the IPhones, Blackberries, and other devices of today’s world. Today I set up a client with a Verizon IPhone 4 in their Exchange 2003 world using Outlook Mobile Access. Some of this is taken from Raffaeu’s Bermuda Blog. Thanks, man!

Configure Outlook Mobile Access (ActiveSync) on Exchange Server 2003.

  • Before configuring your I-Phone, You need to enable Mobile Services in Exchange System Manager

    You have to enable everything in order to have full access to the OMA service.
  • Now, test your OMA installation from the outside world at https://mail.yourserver.com/oma. You’ll need to log on using credentials that have access (You can revoke / grant access through the Exchange Featurestab in Active Directory Users and Computers)This step is fundamental. If you cannot access the OMA web site, you will not be able to use your iPhone or any other smart phone.Remember: until you get the OMA web site working, do not try to configure the iPhone!

Configure your iPhone

  • Open the iPhone menu, click over Settings and then the menu Mail, Contacts and Calendars.
  • Insert a new account, choose an Exchange account.
  • Depending on the model of phone you have, the order of these fields may be in a different order. Here’s what I had to do:
    • Email Address:    user@domainname.com
    • Domain:     DomainName
    • User:        DomainLogin
    • Password:    DomainPassword
    • Click next, and then wait for the verification to FAIL (yes, FAIL). Then continue:
    • Server:        mail.domainname.com (the same URL you used to access OWA earlier)
  • After that, you will be prompted for which objects you want to keep sync.
  • After this step, after 5 minutes, you will be able to open your email and work with push technology; this means that you will be able to work directly inside your mail box from your iPhone. For example, if you add an event in the iPhone calendar, this will be added also into your mailbox in the office, and so on.

This will be the final result, pretty cool, especially since it doesn’t require a company wide upgrade to Exchange Server 2007!

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