How do I configure password requirements for mobile devices by using Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2)?

A. The new Messaging & Security Feature Pack for Windows Mobile 5.0 lets you configure password policies from the Exchange server. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Start Exchange System Manager (Start, Programs, Microsoft Exchange, System Manager).
  2. Expand Global Settings.
  3. Right-click Mobile Services and select Properties.
  4. Click Device Security.
  5. Select the "Enforce password on device" check box and configure the required options, such as minimum password length, character combinations, and the time of inactivity that will lock the device. Options also exist to wipe the device after a specified number of failed attempts, how often to refresh, and whether to allow access to devices that don't support the password settings. It's also possible to set exceptions to the policy via the Exceptions button, as the figureshows. Click OK.
  6. Click OK to the main Mobile Services dialog box.

The next time a device attempts to sync with the Exchange server, an "Attention required" message will be displayed, as the figure shows, and the user will need to accept the new password policy before further synchronization is permitted.

After the new password policy is accepted, you'll need to enter a new password to meet that new password policy, as the figure shows.

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