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KB12526 - [PCS] How to test active sync proxy access without a mobile phone.

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Last Modified Date8/1/2015 9:33 AM
If an admin doesn’t have a mobile phone to test the active sync proxy feature on IVE OS 6.2 and above, they can setup a windows mobile emulator on any PC with Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2; Windows Vista; or Windows XP Service Pack 2.
Problem or Goal
Some companies may want to take advantage of active sync proxy feature that is now supported. They may not have mobile phones to test this on. This KB will give steps to test the active sync proxy using Microsoft’s Mobile Emulator.

step 1 Setting up the Active Sync Proxy in the IVE.

  1. Go to Signing in > Sign in policies and create a new URL.
  2. Select Authorization only access.
  3. Create a virtual host name of your choice that is different from any other host name on the network. Example:
  4. Add the path to the exchange server exactly like:  http/s:// (server paths are NOT supported.)
  5. Add a description (optional).
  6. Select No Authorization under Authorization Server.
  7. Select an available role. It doesn’t matter which one as long as that role has web access feature checked.
  8. Then simply save changes.

step 2 Register the virtual host name with DNS.

Note: If you don’t want a certificate error to pop up for your mobile users you will need to follow steps 3 and 4. Otherwise skip them,  but cannot guarantee that active sync access will work through the IVE without a signed certificate.

step 3 Register the Virtual host name to a signed device certificate. (The only CA supported for this is VeriSign.)

  1. Create a CSR under Configuration > Certificates > Device certificates > New CSR.
  2. Put the virtual host name in the Common Name field.
  3. Enter some random characters to augment the system's random key generator.  We recommend that you enter approximately twenty characters.
  4. Click Create CSR.
  5. Follow the following instructions to get the CSR signed.

step 4 Apply the signed certificate to the virtual port on the IVE.

  1. Create a virtual port under Network > Internal Port > Virtual Ports. It should be an IP not used on the network but in the same subnet as the IVE internal port.
  2. Under Network > Hosts create a new host file assigning the virtual port IP to the virtual host name
  3. Import the signed cert to the IVE by clicking on the pending CSR that was just created.
  4. Now click on the signed certificate for under Configuration > Certificates > Device Certificates in the Certificate Issued To list.
  5. Once in the certificate, assign the newly created virtual port to the certificate.

step 5 Install and setup Windows Mobile emulator. (There are emulators available for Window Mobile 6 Classic, Standard and Professional; Windows Mobile 5 Classic, Standard and Professional; Windows Mobile 2003; Windows CE 5.0; and many others. For purposes of this KB, Mobile 6 classic will be used.)

  1. Go to Windows Mobile 6 Localized Emulator Images and download the version of which ever language is needed.
  2. Install the msi package directly to the PC.
  3. Go to Start > Programs > Windows Mobile 6 SDK> Standalone emulator images > Language and run an OS of your choice. (For purposes of this KB, classic is being used.)
  4. The mobile phone should launch and access to the Mobile OS will begin.

    It should look like:


step 6 The mobile phone will need to be able to access the internet.

  1. Download and install Virtual PC from Microsoft at Virtual PC 2007.
  2. Install it to the PC.
  3. Start up Virtual PC, there is no need to create a new virtual machine on the Virtual PC Console. (It only needs to run in the background so the mobile emulator can utilize its virtual NIC to be able to NAT to the physical NIC of the PC).
  4. Now go back to the mobile emulator and select File > Configure> Network tab.   Check the ‘Enable NE2000 PCMCIA network adapter and bind to:’ box.


  5. Typically the correct network card will be automatically selected. Just try a different one until access to the internet is granted on the mobile phone emulation.
  6. If the mobile still doesn’t connect to the internet, try testing the different available connections in the connections options of the Mobile OS.
    • Click start

    • Settings

    • Connections

    • Network Cards

    • Test the list of adapters.

    • Internet access is granted

step 7 Now the emulated mobile is on the Internet. Test the active sync virtual host name.

  • Setup active sync or Outlook to use the virtual host name as the exchange server and create an account.
  • Try synchronizing from active sync or do a send/receive in Outlook.
  • Congratulations! A successful sync should have applied!


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