Somewhat recently, I did a live mobility webcast (that you can now listen to on demand) I went through the steps to configure mobility on your SBS 2003. It's easy, but it's not hand-held. The steps are a little confusing to get all setup, so I'm going to run through them here on my blog in hopes to get you mobile.
Configure the Server
First you'll have to configure the server. This is a single-click configuration. When running through CEICW (Configure Email and Internet Connection Wizard). On the Web Services page, simply check the box that is labelled Outlook Mobile Access. When you complete the wizard, this will configure the following things:
- Enable OMA inside Exchange by setting an Active Directory object to enabled
- Configure the firewall to allow access on port 443 (SSL webport) if it's not already open for another web service
- Configure IIS to un-restrict the IP restrictions on both the \Microsoft-Server-Active-Sync and \OMA virtual directories. These are restricted Out of the Box to ensure high levels of security and only the services in use are available to the users
Client configuration is the most confusing aspect of setting up a mobile device, primarily because it's not intuitive, but if you know what you're doing, it's super simple.
- First thing is to setup a user. While you're in the Add User Wizard setting up that users computer, Choose to deploy ActiveSync 3.7 (even though it's old) as this will install
- ActiveSync 3.7
- SBSMobCfg - The SBS mobile device configuration utility
- When this is complete, tell the user to log off and log back on. This will intiate the installation of the above tools
- When ActiveSync is installed, simply hook up the device as per the instructions that come with it (except there will be no need to install ActiveSync, since it was installed via the server)
- On the first connection of the device, you'll see the following screen appear:
This step configures the phone with predefined defaults that the user can change during the Getting Connected wizard that appears.
Once you complete the Getting Connected wizard, the phone will start it's first synch.
It's probably a good idea to leave the device in the cradle for the first synch since this will be the biggest most expensive sync you have. Once this is finished, you're ready to go mobile! What was the saying?