Archives November 2006

Exchange 2007 v 2003 – slides and case studies


For those of you who are consulting this will now likely be a common topic.

Should a client wait for E2007 or go with E2003 now and then move up later.

I have put together a small slide deck which can be found in the downloads section which details some of the options that should be considered. Feel free to customise it as you see fit.


To download see here:…


Also for more info on Exchange 2007 and who is using it, take a look here at the MS case study page:…


I hope this helps a few people.

If you have suggestions or slides of your own feel free to get in touch and I will happily add them to the site.





A Windows Mobile 5 Bug….

Hi All,

Just thought I would?mention this;?

A colleague and I have found a bug in Windows Mobile 5 which concerns the syncronisation of Calendar objects using Exchange ActiveSync.

To duplicate the issue do as follows:

With Exchange 2003 SP2 setup a device to sync OTA in the normal way.

Next from another user send your test user (the one setup to sync) a calendar appointment.

NOTE: The appointment should be an all day, recurring appointment.

Make sure you have invited the test user as an attendee and then send the meeting requst.

Next wait for the requrie to syncronise with the mobile device.

Once it arrives, accept it (on the mobile device).

Having done this you should find that the item appears in your calendar however instead of one meeting you have two!!

At this point some odd thing happen so that if the sender cancels the meeting that is then synced to the device and one meeting is removed from the calendar but not the other. So in effect you have an orphaned object.

There are a few other wierd things that can happen depending on what you do with the item (like editing) it.

Anyway we raised a call with MS for this (SRQ060904600469) and the end result was that it was a bug in WM5 which they will investigate fixing. It will then be made available for operators to incorporate in a ROM update. So all in all this could take a while to become available if it every does.

I will be really interested to see if this is still an issue on the next version of WM when that ships.



Choosing which folders to sync with Activesync

I have always wanted to be able to choose which folders to sync via Exchange ActiveSync whilst on the mobile device out of the office.

This is something that had escaped me until today.

I knew there was a way to do it (in fact I had done a long while ago) but somewhere the knowledge left me!

Anyway now I know again, I thought I would share it so I don’t forget again.


On you WM5 device open up the email program and open the menu, then select tools and then manage folders.

This will give you a list of all available folders with check boxes to select to choose which folders to sync. After selecting a new checkbox?click OK.


At this?point the?phone?will sync and then you will be able to see all the email in that folder (date and size settings permitting).

This is a very useful feature when you need that piece of email that you have filed away deep in your inbox that you didn’t expect to need!

Hope this helps someone.