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How to Configure Exchange ActiveSync on macOS using Hexnode MDM?

Exchange ActiveSync syncs emails, calendars, contacts, notes,etc. between the Mac and the Exchange server thus providing access to these information even in the absence of a network connection. Hexnode allows the admin to configure Exchange ActiveSync settings through the MDM console.

Configure Exchange ActiveSync via Policy

To configure Exchange ActiveSync via policy,

  1. Login to your Hexnode MDM portal.
  2. Navigate to Policies > New Policy. Assign a suitable name and description (optional) for the policy. You can also choose to continue with an existing policy.
  3. Go to macOS > Accounts > Exchange ActiveSync. Click Configure.
Settings Description
Account name A name for the configuration to differentiate in case multiple configurations are listed.
Exchange ActiveSync server name The hostname or IP address of the Exchange server.
Use SSL SSL secures a network connection by sending encrypted information to the server.
Domain The domain name of the Exchange server. Use %domain% to fetch the domain name automatically from the Hexnode MDM server. Use %netbiosName% to fetch the NetBIOS name from the MDM server.
User The username of the Exchange ActiveSync account. The following wildcards are supported to fetch the value automatically from the Hexnode MDM server:

  • %username%– sAMAccountName (login name in Windows systems older than Windows 2000).
  • %userPrincipalName%– User Principal Name, UPN (Active Directory login in email format).
  • %email%– User’s email
Email address The email account for the ActiveSync account. The following wildcards are supported to fetch the value automatically from the Hexnode MDM server:

  • %userPrincipalName%
  • %email%
OAuth Specifies whether the connection should use OAuth for authentication, disabled by default.
OAuth Sign in URL Specifies the URL to be loaded for authentication via OAuth when auto-discovery is not used.
Password The password associated with the Exchange username provided above.
Path The location of the host.
Port Port number to communicate with the ActiveSync host.
External host The hostname or IP address of the external Exchange server.
External SSL Determine whether the external host uses SSL, disabled by default.
External path The location of the external host.
External port Port number to communicate with the external ActiveSync host.

Associate policy to devices/groups

If the policy has not been saved,

  1. Navigate to Policy Targets > +Add Devices.
  2. Choose the target devices and click Ok. Click Save.
  3. You can also associate the policy to device groups, users, user groups, or domains from the left pane of Policy Targets tab.

If the policy has been saved,

  1. Go to Policies tab and choose the desired policy.
  2. Click on Manage drop-down and select Associate Targets.
  3. Choose the target entities and click Associate.
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