Questions on two Power Shell command to control ActiveSync connections

Posted on 2013-02-03
Last Modified: 2013-05-28
We run Exchange 2010 SP1. We have an established ActiveSync community with about 500 users connecting. The only thing we use to control connections is applying a policy to the devices. It is standard practice to use to have everyone including new users disabled for ActiveSync except the ones that are currently using it but this practice is not always followed.

I didn't think there was anything available to control access and then I read about the two Power Shell commands below:

Set-ActiveSync OrganizationSettings

I don't know if the second command is anything like, or is, the ABQ (Allow, Block, Quarantine) that I have read about.

My question is since our current Org policy allows everything, if I set it to Quarantine to catch a new user that gets created with AS enabled and then tries to connect, will this have any affect on our current users?

As for the New-ActiveSyncDeviceAccessRule, if you establish a rule or rules for some devices, does this automatically block everthing else that tries to connect.
Question by:osiexchange
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Expert Comment

ID: 38849778
If not mistaken, new user maibox will have Exchnage Activesync disabled by default.

Author Comment

ID: 38849826
That may or may not be true. We provision with ILM but still, there have been cases where users have been enabled either because someone in the Help Desk was asked or there at time of user creation and this catch all command would be nice to implement.

Expert Comment

ID: 39050144
Good question. We have 25 users on activesync now but want to start implementing some sort of check so that not anyone can activate their home ipad on activesync and download all their work email. We'd like to setup a quarantine for all new devices so that we can approve them first, however I'm afraid turning this on will automatically quarantine all 25 users that are already currently active. Does anyone know a work around?

Accepted Solution

osiexchange earned 0 total points
ID: 39190744
We decided to stick with the manual process.  As part of the user account setup, once the mailbox has been provisioned we go in and disable ActiveSync manually until we get the OK to enable it again.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 39200628
We decided to stick with the manual process.  As part of the user account setup, once the mailbox has been provisioned we go in and disable ActiveSync manually until we get the OK to enable it again.

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