After many hours of troubleshooting and calls to different
technicians at Microsoft, we could not get synchronizing of favorites between IE5.5 and ActiveSync to work on locked down Windows 2000 Professional machines. The PDAs in question were Compaq iPAQ of various models.
The error message involved was "Could not start Internet Explorer synchronization services". This message was found in wecerr.txt.
We eventually had to roll out ActiveSync 3.5 with
accompanying documentation stating that syncing of favourites wasn't going to work. Microsoft was clueless as to what rights users needed to have this work.
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Version of ActiveSync is 3.7.1
Run msasync /c in an empty dir. Unfortunately it unpacks the files flat. For the setup to run, it needs som subdirs.
One workaround is to right-click on setup.inf and select Install. The subdirs will be created. Point of installation is then ready. Of course you have to use setup.exe.
Make a "standard" package on a clean machine.
Ok. I have seen a few notes concerning the silent installation of Microsoft ActiveSync including the whitepaper from Microsoft. I found an easier way to have a silent install on the workstations. I have tested this for version 3.7.1 with no issues.
Follow the steps below. I've also included a sample "silent.ini" file along with the install switches.
2:\ Double-click the .exe file & wait until you see the initial setup screen. This allows the files to be extracted to the "c:\Documents and Settings\<current logged on user>\Local Settings\Temp\IXP000.TMP (NOTE - The directory name may be different but you can sort by "Date Modified" to see which one was just created)
3:\ Copy that folder to a location where you plan on preforming the installation from.
4:\Cancel the setup from the MSASYNC.exe.
5:\ Create a "silent.ini" file (sample listed below) & put it in the same directory at the setup files.
6:\Run the following comman line for setup. setup.exe /s "silent.ini"