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Need Help with setting up an iPhone to recieve exchange mail

First let me explain how the server is set up for email:
We use a 3rd party host for our email
Our server is SBS 2008 with exchange 2007 built in
We use the built in POP3 connector on the SBS server to collect the mail from the 3rd party
From there Exchange distributes the email to the proper user.
The mx records are pointed at the 3rd party email host.

Currently I have the iPhone set up to receive email via pop through the 3rd party host, but there are some problems with this.
1. the user doesn't receive all external email, I think the SBS pop connector is picking up the mail before the iphone does.
2. The user doesn't receive internal email (because exchange is handling this directly)

So can I set up the iphone to recieve exchange email (perhaps using the external static ip address of the sbs server and not the mail.domain.com address for the server name)
If I can do this do I need to open any ports on the firewall, if so what ports do I need?

Thanks,  
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BDoellefeldCommented:
If I was in this situation I would create a new A record for the SBS server pointing to it's external address, owa.domain.com perhaps, and go through the process to secure it with SSL.

If I can do this do I need to open any ports on the firewall, if so what ports do I need?

You'll need to open port 443 from Internet to server.
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Mac2010Commented:
Maybe setting up a VPN is a good solution.
The Exchange server then distributes all the email. When set up properly, the iPhone will use the same IP/hostname for collecting the email both inside and outside of your office (from Exchange/SBS). The VPN will take care of the outside connection to your Exchange server (via firewall). The downside is that setting up a VPN takes some time and testing/adjusting.

Depending on your office situation, you could choose to get a "hosted Exchange" service with an ISP and let this one replace the Exchange server at your office .
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Mac2010Commented:
P.S. In my previous comment I was assuming the computers at your office are behind NAT and use private IP addresses. If the server has a public IP address, you won't necessarily need the VPN.
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FreeRangersAuthor Commented:
I set up the owa.doamin.com record and forwarded port 443 on the router. I can got to https://owa.domain.com/owa and it opens owa, but the iphone still isn't connecting to exchange.
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BDoellefeldCommented:
How far do you get with the setup on the iphone before it errors? What is the error?
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FreeRangersAuthor Commented:
Oddly enough I left it over the weekend and tried again this morning and it worked. My best guess it the owa.domain.com record wasn't updated yet. Either way everything is working now. Thanks foe your help.
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