Securely Publishing iPhone with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010: Business Integration and Deployment

Book Review: Securely publishing iPhone with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010: Business Integration and Deployment

By Steve Goodman

Recently, I was requested to write a blog review for a book iPhone with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010: Business Integration and Deployment. This book is written by Steve Goodman, and published by Packt Publisher. Being an Exchange geek, after you read the title of this book, it really influences you, and pushes forward towards seeing the contents of the book, where this book doesnt have only the impressive title, but also have great contents for its readers, Steve laid out the content of the book in a pretty nifty way, where he is first explaining the architecture of the solution, and then he goes step by step to and covers all the areas, which are essential to build a secure enterprise level messaging environment for the corporate business users, and its integration with iOS devices (aka smart-phones) for Microsoft ActiveSync protocol.

Reading Steves write ups have always been interesting for me, as you can also find his blog in my blog-rolls area. You can get to know more about Steves community contribution on his blog.

Have you been tasked with getting iPhones into the hands of your business executives, and need to ensure they can reliably and securely access corporate e-mail? This book will teach you what you need to know about getting Exchange 2010 set up and then help you deploy iPhones in a secure and manageable way. Starting with the basics, you’ll learn about what Apple mobile devices have to offer and how they have evolved into devices suitable for business use. If you’re new to Exchange Server 2010, you’ll learn the basics of Microsoft’s world leading messaging suite, before learning how to plan, install, and configure a highly available Exchange
environment. You will also understand how to configure Office 365 and learn how both can be configured to apply policies to iPhone, iPad, and the iPod Touch. You’ll also learn how to configure advanced features, such as certificate authentication, how to create and deploy configuration profiles for devices, and how to manage your devices once they are in the hands of your users.
After reading this book, you will be confident about introducing Apple mobile devices into your organization.

Now lets go back to the book review, and let me break it in pieces:

Who this book is for:

This book is aimed at system administrators who don’t necessarily know about Exchange Server 2010 or ActiveSync-based mobile devices. A basic level of knowledge around Windows Servers is expected, and knowledge of smartphones and email systems in general will make some topics a little easier. Experienced Exchange Server 2010 administrators will gain most value from chapter five onwards, as these chapters build upon a working Exchange 2010 organization.

This book will walk you through from the basic of the technology towards the building an Exchange Server 2010 Messaging Infrastructure, and then will slowly move ahead with provisioning, integrating and deploying iOS based client devices (smart-phones) and their business collaboration feature management.

I thought it would be nice, if I can provide some information about the contents of the book, below is the list of the core domains, which will be discussed in his book.

Chapter 1, Introduction to iPhone with Exchange Server 2010 introduces the Apple mobile device range and Exchange Server 2010 starting with the fundamentals and explaining the concepts used in later chapters.

 Chapter 2, Architecture and Implementation Planning covers planning the architecture that you will need in place for Exchange Server. You’ll learn about the individual Exchange Server roles and how to plan your underlying infrastructure so it not only allows Apple mobile devices to connect, but meets the needs of your company.

Chapter 3, Exchange Server Configuration for iOS Connectivity follows on from the planning in the previous chapter to walk through the process of installing and configuring a highly available Exchange infrastructure that Apple mobile devices, amongst others, can connect to.

 Chapter 4, Office 365 Configuration for iOS Connectivity looks at an alternative approach to configuring and running Exchange Server, by using Microsoft’s Office 365. We’ll see how this simplifies the implementation process and still allows us to connect and manage Apple mobile devices.

 Chapter 5, Creating and Enforcing Policies explores how Exchange Server allows us to control end-user devices, from restricting the features that can be used on Apple mobile devices to ensuring only allowed devices can connect to your Exchange infrastructure.

 Chapter 6, Configuring Certificate Based Authentication in Exchange Server 2010 walks through how to configure and manage a small public key infrastructure aimed at improving the security of your Exchange environment through the use of user

certificates on Apple mobile devices.

 Chapter 7, Provisioning iOS Client Devices introduces the iPhone Configuration Utility, the Apple tool specifically aimed at controlling Apple mobile device features and configuration, along with exploring the methods available to deploy profiles to mobile devices.

 Chapter 8, Sharing Mailboxes and Calendars covers a variety of methods that allow you to overcome Exchange limitations for access to shared mailboxes from clients other than Outlook and how to configure advanced features in Exchange Server 2010 allowing users to share individual calendars in a way compatible Apple mobile devices.

 Chapter 9, iOS Client Device Management the final chapter, explores the ongoing management tasks associated with a mobile device estate along with how to perform common troubleshooting and auditing tasks.

Few links:
Buy your copy of this book at Packt Publishing website.

I hope you enjoyed reading this review, and will find this book interesting.

Cheers!

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About Zahir Hussain Shah

Systems Infrastructure Consultant, Systems Solution Architect, Senior Systems Engineer. Certifications: MCSE, MCTIP Entperprise Administrat

Posted on 05/04/2012, in Access Control, Exchange 2007, Exchange 2010, GAL Sync, Virtualization, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 8, Windows7 and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Thank you for sharing this such a great Information.

  2. i would like to buy this book:-D

  3. Nice review. My team is in the process of building an iPhone app for Exchange, and we found portions of Steve’s book (esp chapters 5 and 8) really helpful.

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