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Device Password Policies with Exchange 2003

I just read about Exchange 2003 SP2 supporting Device Password Policies.  I have been told that all of our field phones have to start having password policies enabled - however, the idea of telling everyone how to do that is a nightmare.  That said, if I enable this policy on my server, does it prompt them to set the password, or does it just not allow their device to sync until they meet the requirements?

Also - we have several front-end Exchange servers, can the policy be specifically set on the front-end server that we want to work that way, or does it need to be for the whole Exchange enviroment?

How does this work with our iPhones that connect up?
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rustyrpage
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MesthaCommented:
Password policies for ActiveSync on Exchange 2003 are an all or nothing affair, and are set globally.
After you have set it, the users will get a prompt after the next time their device syncs. It will prompt them to set a password. What type of password that is will depend on what policy you have set. I usually use numbers only, as that will cover both phones and more conventional full keyboard systems.

Should apply to iPhones as well.

Simon.
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rustyrpageAuthor Commented:
So where do I set the policy?  The problem is that we have two different organizations (each one has their own front-end & back-end Exchange server) - only one of them needs the password policy though.
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MesthaCommented:
ESM, Global Settings. Right click on Mobile Services and choose Properties. Click on the button Device Security.

Due to the way it works and the devices sync those settings it can take a little while for the devices to pick up the change.

Simon.
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rustyrpageAuthor Commented:
Is there any software that allows you to specify which devices get the password policies?
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nealerocksCommented:
Go to exchange system manager and expand global settings.
then right click on mobile services and go to properties
click on the device security tab and then set the options

This website has a detailed description:

http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Exchange-2003-Mobile-Messaging-Part2-Uncovering-Device-Security-Policies.html
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rustyrpageAuthor Commented:
I see the option for exceptions - is there a maximum number of exceptions?  Or can I just dump everyone that isn't our employee?
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rustyrpageAuthor Commented:
This doesn't affect Blackberry devices, correct
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nealerocksCommented:
No this wont affect blackberries
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