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Am looking at setting up my iphone with an SBS2003 just to play about with and I wondered do I need a certificate and resolved domain name to get it to work or can I just use the web ip address?  I currently usa OWA using the xx.xxx.xxx.xxx/exchange and port forwarding on my router to get email over the web.  I realise I need to make sure port 80 and 443 are forwarded and setup activesync on the server but was not sure if I could enter the ip address on the iphone or if I would have to get something added to the domain to get this to work.  
Obviously my sbs is setup with my .com domain name but this is actually hosted elsewhere and is only used for emails with mx record forwarding.

Thanks for your help
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With Exchange 2003 you can get away with an IP address in the certificate instead of a FQDN.  You won't be able to run anytests on the test site listed in my article, but you can use the Test App mentioned instead to make sure your server is configured properly:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Server_Software/Email_Servers/Exchange/A_1798-Exchange-2003-Activesync-Connection-Problems-FAQ.html

Alan
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alanhardisy - Thanks for the reply am trying this weekend and will get back to you with how it went!
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No problems - should be about if you get stuck and need help (I'm on the BBQ at daughter's school fair Saturday and no idea about Sunday!).

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Ok Actually got onto this today!  Made some progress but think I might be tripping up with the certificate side of things!

When I run the test app inside the network it fails on the ensuring not self-signed and also Verifying Cert , but passes the others and connects with the username and password I supply.

When I run it outside the network with the external IP it fails the 2 as above but also fails on the checking for application and says activesync is not available on this server!

When I go through the instructions to setup and it instructs me to run the connect to internet wizard and choose to create a certificate where in the instructions it says put mail.xxxxxx.co.uk do I just put the external ip address or do I need anything else?

Not sure what else I could be missing but any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks
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You can't use the tool to test if you use an IP and test the SSL cert - just uncheck that option.

When you create the cert - yes - just put the External IP address.  Re-running the Connect To The Internet Wizard (to change the cert) might fix any issues with Activesync, but check the IIS settings after you have run it - and test a phone to see if all is well.  If not, adjust the IIS settings as per my article.
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All working now, final issue was the router used 443 for its own uses!  

Thanks for all your help really appreciated!
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That's not very helpful of the router now is it?

Well done and thanks for the points.

Happy Activesyncing.

Alan
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