Configuring Outlook 2013/2016 to use MDaemon ActiveSync Server in...

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Configuring Outlook 2013/2016 to use MDaemon ActiveSync Server in MDaemon 13.5.0 onwards


Overview:

MDaemon Pro Version 13.5.0 onwards includes additional support for Outlook 2013/2016 via its "ActiveSync for MDaemon" feature which is a separately licensed OTA ActiveSync (AirSync) server. This server is capable of synchronizing a user's default email, calendar and contact data between MDaemon and Outlook 2013 (earlier versions of Outlook don't support ActiveSync).

Initial MDaemon configuration:

MDaemon's ActiveSync options are located at Setup -> Mobile Device Management -> ActiveSync and it's necessary to enable ActiveSync in this location:



Once enabled MDaemon will generate an ActiveSync 30 day trial key automatically. The ActiveSync server requires a licence fee if you wish to continue using it beyond this point.

ActiveSync is a web-service extension that only works on ports 80 (for HTTP) and 443 (for HTTPS/SSL), but Outlook 2013/2016 will only connect to an ActiveSync server running over HTTPS/SSL. To configure WorldClient (and therefore ActiveSync) to run over HTTPS/SSL please follow the steps in this article.

Configuring an Outlook 2013/2016 client machine to trust an self-signed SSL certificate:

In addition to the HTTPS/SSL requirement Outlook 2013/2016 will only connect to a trusted SSL certificate. If you are running a self-signed SSL certificate the client machine must trust the certificate as follows before the connection is made:

1. Visit the HTTPS address that refers to the WorldClient/ActiveSync URL in Internet Explorer.

2. Click on 'Continue to this website (not recommended)'.

3. Click on the Certificate error in the red coloured address bar at the top of Internet Explorer.

4. Click on 'View Certificates' and then choose the 'Install Certificate...' button on the General tab.

5. In the 'Certificate Import Wizard', click Next.

6. Select 'Place all certificates in the following store' and click Browse.

7. In the 'Select Certificate Store' dialog, select 'Trusted Root Certification Authorities', click OK.

8. In the wizard, click Next and then Finish. If a security message pops up, choose 'Yes'.

Configuring Outlook 2013/2016 to connect to MDaemon via ActiveSync:

1. Navigate to the Control Panel.

2. Choose Mail:



3. Select Show Profiles:



4. Select Add:



4. Define a unique name for the new profile:



5. Select Manual setup or additional server types:



6. Select Next.

7. Select Outlook.com or Exchange ActiveSync compatible service:



8. Select Next.

9. Enter in the User Information, Server Information, and Logon Information:



Your Name: Enter your name
E-mail Address: Enter your full email address
Mail Server: Enter the Hostname or IP address of your MDaemon server
(this needs to be the same address you trusted in the 'Configuring an Outlook 2013/2016 client machine to trust a self-signed SSL certificate' section above)
User Name: Enter your full email address
Password: Enter your password

11. Outlook will now attempt to connect to the MDaemon ActiveSync server you defined.



Once it has reported a success select Close.

10. Select Next.

11. Select Finish.

12. Select OK.

You can now open Outlook 2013/2016 in the newly created profile. Note that is will take a short time for Outlook 2013 to initially sync your mailbox data.