Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 can send email messages to mobile devices by SMS synchronization. The SMS-based synchronization is costly and also delays the messages. These problems are solved by direct Push technology. Here is how to configure Push mail on Microsoft Exchange Server 2003.

Start the Exchange System Manager

Click on the ‘Start Menu’ and select ‘Programs’. Look for Microsoft Exchange Server and click on it. Select Exchange System Manager. This starts the system manager and opens a window.

Open the Properties Tab

Once the System Manager starts running, select Global settings-> Mobile Services. Right click on theMobile services and select properties. This opens ‘Mobile Services properties’ window. Click on the ‘General’ Tab of properties window. You’ll find four checkboxes here. The first one ‘Enable user initiated synchronisation’ if checked lets the users manually synchronise the mobiles. The second one ‘Enable Up-to-date notifications via SMTP and Text Messaging’ enables AUTD notifications. Deselect this checkbox. This must not be checked for installing direct Push. The third one “Enable Notifications to User Specified SMTP Addresses” should also be deselected.  There is another checkbox with label ‘Enable Direct Push over HTTPs’. This must be selected to enable direct Push.

Make the Device Security Settings

Below the checkbox ‘Enable Direct Push’ is a button ‘Device Security’. Click on it to make the security settings. Once you click on the button you’ll find a window opening. Checking the box labelled ‘Enforce Password’ on Device enables security for mobile devices. Here you can configure other security settings too. Checking on the ‘minimum password length’ lets you to enter the minimum number of characters you wish to have in password. Checking ‘Require both numbers and letters’ box, makes it necessary that the password has both numbers as well as letters.

Checking the ‘Inactivity time’ box lets you set time in minutes. If the mobile is inactive for the mentioned time, the mobile gets locked automatically. There is another checkbox ‘Wipe device after failed attempts’. Checking this lets the user specify the number of incorrect password entries after which the mobile must restore its default factory settings. This helps in protecting valuable information from being stolen in case of mobile theft.

Another checkbox ‘Refresh Settings on Mobile Device’ lets the user enter the time interval in number of hours. The device keeps checking for the security updates from Exchange Server every interval. The last tab if checked lets users use the mobile devices even in the absence of software to enforce security. Below that is a button ‘Exceptions’. Clicking on this button opens a window and allows you enter the list of users to be exempted from the security policy.

Save the Settings

Once all the necessary settings are made click ‘Ok’ on the device security window. Click ‘OK’ again on the properties window. This saves the complete settings you’ve made. Close the Exchange System Manager for changes to take place.

Now the push mail is being configured on your Microsoft Exchange Server 2003.