I have deployed Activesync 4.1 to our PDA-users.
The first time the user puts the PDA into the cradle, an Activesync Conection Wizard is started.

Users are supposed to choose
1. "Standard Partnership"
2. and after that "Synchronise with this desktop computer" to synchronize with Outlook.

However at 2. some users choose "Synchronize with Microsoft Exchange Server and/or this desktop computer".

We do not want the users to synchronize directly (company policy) with the exchange server, so my question:

Is it possible to disable the "Synchronize with Microsoft Exchange ..." option?
If possible we would like the user to only press "enter" with pre-defined choices.

So far I haven't found any thing on Google or Appdeploy to disable the Sync Exchange options.
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As you haven't had any other replies I thought better suggest something :)

As you don't seem to know where abouts these settings are stored it may be an idea to use something like the SysInternals tools, RegMon or FileMon, to find out what changes are made when the options are configured.

If you are using Wise or another repackaging tool you should be able to "snapshot" the configuration changes.

This would give you a good idea of what has changed and where.

I'm going to guess at something in HKCU for the connection setting and type, so maybe you could populate the relevant keys with partial information - synch with desktop.. and the user can specify the rest.

Hope this points you in the right direction,


Answered 01/10/2007 by: dunnpy
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Did try monitoring the registry settings, but the registry on the user computer does NOT seem to be leading.
When configurating the partnership, ActiveSync puts the settings into the PDA.
Everytime one connects using Activesync, the settings are taken from the PDA and put into the registry of the desktop PC.
So changing the registry won't work because it will be overwritten at the next connection.

I know in other projects this has been done by creating a specific PDA image with "corporate"settings, however this is not an option when using a dozen diffirent PDA models.
Answered 01/12/2007 by: Jemboy2004
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Unfortunately, there aren't easy ways to create CABS with settings for Windows CE. And there is no such thing as a registry monitoring tool for Windows (Mobile) as far as i'm aware of. What you CAN do:

Check out registry workshop from Torchsoft.. http://www.torchsoft.com/

Setup a pocketpc the way you want it to be setup, and check out these registry keys on the device:

HKCU\Software\microsoft\Activesync\Partners\ {GUID}

Probably a key around there on the mobile device. Export it once you've found the right key, copy/paste the key in Wise mobile device package editor (unfortunately no import function in there :( ) or the mobile packaging solution of your choice off course, save as a CAB file and deploy to the mobile devices before handing them out to the users.
Answered 01/12/2007 by: neo2000
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An update on my problem.
When using a PDA with Windows Mobile 5.x, Outlook (with Exchange) and Activesync 4.1, you get the following screen when installing creating a partnership:

Link to Screenshot <-- Please click on link to image

This screen only appear when the above conditions are met (WM 5.x, Outlook+Echange AS 4.x), so if you have say another PDA with PocketPC 2003, you'll get other partnership screens!

Because users and (admins [;)]) tend to do click on [next,next, next], many user go to the next screen asking for exchange servername, username and password.
On this next checkscreen there's also a checkbox to save the password.

If you know how problematic Activesync partnerships can be, you won't be happy to have to correct it on several PDAs/desktops a week.

We are looking into some user AD settings (ADUC) on mobile synchronising, also updating to Exchange SP2 looks promising on disabling Activesync to notice an exchange server on our network.
Answered 02/05/2007 by: Jemboy2004
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