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Exchange active sync device control

I have about 25-30 Blackberry devices in use by field service technicians.  We are wanting to move to better technology and get away from BES and blackberry.  I am going to start to test with htc inspire/desires/thunderbolt etc.  I'm wondering if there is any software or technology that would allow me to have more control over these smartphones like I did through BES for Blackberry devices.  In other words be able to lock them down and limit what the users are allowed to do with them; like installing apps, control allowed websites/browsing, restrict tethering, remote wipe in case device lost/stolen etc.
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Rajith EnchiparambilOffice 365 & Exchange Architect
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Depending on the version of Exchange and the type of devices you use, you can lock them down. Windows Mobile devices are the ones you can lock down fully using ActiveSync Policies.

iPhones aren't bad.
ChrisLead Infrastructure Architect
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you don't get the same amount of control you can wipe devices and lock down some features but there are no features that will give you the same as the BES policy
Rajith EnchiparambilOffice 365 & Exchange Architect

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You CAN lock down the devices fully if they are Windows mobiles. Depending upon the other devices you use, the lock down feature will be less.
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here are a list of the available active sync policies

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb123484.aspx

having used both i like the simplicity of active sync and the cost reduction is always a benefit but the security and control you get with bes its doesn't really match up
ChrisLead Infrastructure Architect
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you can lock them down but you can't lock them down as much

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