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Using Exchange server with Activesync or Blackberry

When using Exchange server with Blackberry, companies have to set up BES server and configure it along with exchange server to work woth Blackberry devices.

Setting up Exchange server with ActiveSync, I believe there is no need to a separate server that handles the mobile devices,

If I am not wrong I saw a configuration of Android mobile device set up to work with Exchange Activesync, and all it was about  is to enter email address and the password of a user in the mobile device and it will connect the device to exchange server.

I also believe the configuration of mobile devices is done in exchange Web App  control panel .

I am talking about Exchange server 2010.

Please correct me if I am wrong.

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I've set up Activesync with iPhones and all I had to do on the mobile device end was put in the server and login info.  But it had to be in a precise format.  I also had to set up SSL certificates and also register Autodiscovery in our public DNS for all the functionality get it to work, though I'm not 100% sure this is mandatory.

This is a useful tool for troubleshooting the connectivity:

Jon BrelieSystem ArchitectCommented:
Basically yes.  You configure auto-discover and your droids will work the way you outline above.

jskfanAuthor Commented:
*** Regarding mobilephones that work with Exchange server ActiveSync, what do they store in Exchange datababase? just emails,calendars,etc....? do they store videos locallly in the phone memory or in the exchange database?

***Regarding Balckberry, why do companies have to set up BES server along with Exchange server, instead of just using the Blackberry phone to connect directly to Exchange server Activesync?
Only exchange objects are stored in exchange ie. calendar, email contacts and notes...
All other things like photos and movies will stay on the phone.

Blackberry does not support ActiveSync out of the box, you do het 3rd party clients (paid for) to run on the BB device to be able to activesync.  There  is a free version of BES server that you can run on your exchange server so you do not need extra hardware - depending on the number of users.
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