OT: Exchange and SMS Sync with Android Devices

From: Bret McHone 
I really dislike bringing something like this to the list. But has anyone
that has dealt with Exchnge 2010 found a way to globally disable SMS Sync?
I've run the "set-ovavirtualdirectory -textmessagingenabled:$false" on my
CAS servers, made sure Text messaging showed up as disabled in the console,
but damnitall if you enable SMS Sync on an android (and probably other OS
phones) it gives you a congrats message and lets you send SMS messages from
outlook through the phone.

I can't deploy activesync until I get this figured out, so any help would
be appreciated. I've searched the web as well as submitted support requests
as well, but not sure how they will respond. The last time I submitted this
to M$ they said to just disable it on the client... but then the user can
go right back in behind me and re-enable it, plus I'm going to be dealing
with 200+ phones as soon as this rolls out so I'm not going to touch every

Any tidbits of info or help on or off list would be appreciated.


=============================================================== From: Nick Smith ------------------------------------------------------ I dont have the answer to your question, but this might be possible to lock down with group policies. If your environment is setup for such things....

=============================================================== From: Bret McHone ------------------------------------------------------ My problem is with the activesync devices. If you enable "SMS Sync" on the device (ie.. Samsung Galaxy series phone or the Touchdown email client that I'm testing with currently) then it sets it up on the account whether "text messaging" is disabled or not. I can't manage the devices centrally that granularly, but disabling this globally does not seem to be possible with what I'm finding. This email is just a last-ditch effort to try and find something concrete. If I enable "SMS Sync" on the phone, then all you have to do is email a phone number from Outlook or OWA and it will send the SMS through the phone as an SMS message. That's BAD for my environment since that's already something we wrestle with without making it even easier to do. Sure, the SMS messages go into our email archival system, but that doesn't address the issue of data leakage of unsecured channels. There *is* a way to block it, but it requires enterprise CALs and then disabling all SMS functionality (disables the phone's ability to send text messages at all) through activesync policy, which isn't an option since I will also be managing personally owned devices. This is the first time I've really run into a problem like this that I can't work around and it's pissing me off. I've contacted our MDM provider to see if they can add the functionality on their end to disable SMS Sync on the phones, but I'm not sure the answer that I'll get from them. -B

=============================================================== From: wes ------------------------------------------------------ might I suggest you search / post over at serverfault.com? you get a much wider exposure and less OS-gnosticism. I have used it with great success. -wes

=============================================================== From: Bret McHone ------------------------------------------------------ Tyvm.

=============================================================== From: Dave Brockman ------------------------------------------------------ -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1 What part of that requires Enterprise CALs? Regards, dtb - -- "Some things in life can never be fully appreciated nor understood unless experienced firsthand. Some things in networking can never be fully understood by someone who neither builds commercial networking equipment nor runs an operational network." RFC 1925 -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v2.0.17 (MingW32) Comment: Using GnuPG with Mozilla - http://enigmail.mozdev.org/ iEYEARECAAYFAlAgVY8ACgkQABP1RO+tr2QchgCfeHLs/W5LjjImMGDGJ4+3qd7O flIAnRSkdFk4uWF7YhZgmIYjJ6tH4TN7 =YhaF -----END PGP SIGNATURE-----

=============================================================== From: Bret McHone ------------------------------------------------------ In the EMC where you enable the feature it says that the feature requires enterprise CALs. -B