Setup an iPad for Microsoft Exchange Server

The Apple iPad, now in 4th generation and also as 7.9″ iPad Mini, is one of the hottest consumer electronic products ever. So hot in fact that the iPad is increasingly found in the office as a must-have business tool. Naturally, the needs of home users differs from that of an always connected business environment. At work it is essential that you be able to setup, configure and sync your iPad with your accounts, emails & mailboxes, contacts and calendar.

The good news is that connecting your Apple iPad to your work accounts is possible with both MS Hosted Exchange 2010 ($6.95/month unlimited mailbox), as well as with Apps4Rent’s Mobile SyncMail ($1.95 per box). As a matter of fact both of these hosted software applications can be used to stay connected and in sync across all your desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile devices.

For more info on  Apps4Rent’s plans that sync with an iPad
• Hosted Exchange 2010 – Plans starting at $6.95 per month. See plans.
• Mobile SyncMail – Plans starting at $1.95 per month. See plans.

Setup and Configure an iPad to connect with Microsoft Exchange Server

1.To create a new Microsoft Exchange account on your iPad tap: Settings, then Mail, Contacts, Calendars, then Add Account, then Microsoft Exchange.

2.On the next screen, enter your complete email address, domain, username, password, and a description (which may be anything you like). If you are uncertain about your domain ask your Exchange Server administrator. If you are unable to view your folder list, or unable to send or receive email, leave the domain field blank.

3.Your iPad will now try to locate your Microsoft Exchange server account using Microsoft’s Autodiscovery service. Enter your front-end Exchange server’s complete address in the Server field. Contact your Exchange server administrator if you are unsure of the address.

4.Your iPad will then try to create a secure (SSL) connection to your Exchange server. If it cannot do this, it will try a non-SSL connection. To override the SSL setting, go into Settings, then Mail, Contacts, Calendars, select your Exchange account, tap Account Info, then toggle the Use SSL slider.

5.After successfully making a connection to the Microsoft Exchange server, you may be prompted to change your device passcode to match whatever policies may have been set on your server.

6. Select which type of data you would like to sync: Mail, Contacts, and Calendars. Note that by default, only 3 days’ worth of email is synchronized. To sync more of your email account, go into Settings, then Mail, Contacts, Calendars, select your Exchange account, and tap on Mail Days to Sync.

Note that after configuring an Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync account, all existing contact and calendar information on the iPad is overwritten.

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