Synchronizing non-Windows based mobile devices with Exchange in SBS

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Rajiv K Khandelwal, Jul 16, 2009.

  1. Is it possible to synchronize mails and with other mobile device not using
    Windows Mobile with the Exchange in SBS 2008? The mobile can be say a
    blackberry (not using BB Enterprise on server). Will Active Sync work?

    Rajiv K Khandelwal
    Rajiv K Khandelwal, Jul 16, 2009
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  2. Nope, ActiveSync won't work for any non EAS-capable device. If you're going
    to use Blackberries, you really should get Blackberry server (free for one
    license of Professional). Otherwise don't bother. Blackberry Internet
    Service is a barely passable option in my view ...and forwards/desktop
    redirector are not suitable.
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Jul 16, 2009
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  3. "Lanwench [MVP - Exchange]"

    Actually, just to add, I use an 8830 BB. I went into my account at
    Blackberry's Verizon site and set it up as an OWA account. It works like a

    To set it up, (from memory): Go to the respective carrier's site link below,
    setup a new email address (keep your current carrier's email), add an
    account, provide the Exchange email address, and hit next. Let it time out
    when it says it can't find it, then tell it you'll set it up manually, then
    set it up manually by indicating it's a corporate account using OWA, hit
    next, provide the OWA address, user alias, etc.






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  4. Rajiv K Khandelwal

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    It can be any device as long as it run the Exchange ActiveSync protocol. I
    am using a Nokia E71 and it synchronizes nicely, mail, calender, contacts,
    tasks. The Nokia client is called Mail for Exchange and it runs on a wide
    range of Nokia devices, including some very low end ones. I am sure other
    cellular brands should have similar.
    K.K, Jul 17, 2009
  5. Yep, that's BIS (Blackbery Internet Service). It means your ISP has your
    password, you have to change it on their site whenever you change your
    password, and you can't sync anything other than mail (no wireless
    calendar/contacts). Plus if your mailbox has a ton of items in folders you
    will run into problems. It's the only sensible thing to do when you don't
    have BES, but my attitude is, if you don't have BES don't use a Blackberry
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Jul 17, 2009
  6. "Lanwench [MVP - Exchange]"
    I know what you're saying, and I concur. Calendaring or contacts do not
    work, but that's the only alternative to use a BB if no BES is present. Only
    other way is to create a contact to the BIS address, forward emails to the
    BIS for the user, and forward BIS sent items to the user, but this clutters
    the mailbox.

    BBs are limited, but it seems to be a *cool* exec toy that many want. Hey, I
    wasn't going to get the 8830, but when I was shopping a phone last year and
    ready to go with a 6800 or the Pro Touch, there was a guy in the Verizon
    store trying to sell his BB. He wanted $150 for it. I told him I can get a
    new one for that with a warranty. I said I'll give you $50 for it. He said
    he had to talk to the wife, who was waiting in the mall walk area. He
    returned less than 5 min later and said he would take it. I activated it
    right there and then.

    Otherwise, I would have had the Pro Touch, albeit the crappy soft keyboard,
    but nonetheless a Windows Mobile!

    Ace Fekay [MCT], Jul 17, 2009
  7. They're fantastic, when you have Blackberry Server.
    Ace, go iPhone and you will never go back. I __ you not.
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Jul 17, 2009
  8. "Lanwench [MVP - Exchange]"
    But ATT's service [email protected]% !!!!

    And even if I get an unlocked one and put it on TMobile, it means I have to
    get another service! I wish the darn thing will work with Verizon...

    Ace Fekay [MCT], Jul 17, 2009
  9. Thanks for the interesting feedbacks.

    Rajiv K Khandelwal

    Rajiv K Khandelwal, Jul 17, 2009
  10. SBS 2008 mentions mobile devices which run Windows Mobile s/w. Nokia does it
    and hence it synchronizes.

    Rajiv K Khandelwal
    Rajiv K Khandelwal, Jul 17, 2009
  11. I still say Entourage != Outlook and I love love love Outlook. I can't move
    to Mac for that and many other reasons, as much as I do like Macs.
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Jul 17, 2009
  12. "Lanwench [MVP - Exchange]"
    Oh-oh, a Mac person!

    Just kidding...

    Ace Fekay [MCT], Jul 17, 2009
  13. Nah. I go both ways. ;-)
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Jul 17, 2009
  14. "Lanwench [MVP - Exchange]"


    I'll leave that as is... :)
    Ace Fekay [MCT], Jul 17, 2009
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