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How to Configure Exchange ActiveSync on macOS devices?

Configuring Exchange ActiveSync allows auto-setup of Exchange server settings on macOS devices remotely. It syncs Mail and web services like Calendar, Contacts, Reminders, and Notes hosted on an Exchange server with the enrolled devices. Hexnode provides an intuitive platform to create an Exchange ActiveSync policy for a corporate account, allowing users to access these services even when they are working offline.

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 Account name specifies the name of the account which will be displayed on the device.
Exchange ActiveSync Server Name The hostname or IP address of the Exchange server used by the account.
Use SSL Send all communication through Secure Socket Layer (SSL). SSL secures a network connection by sending encrypted information to the server.
Domain Enter the domain name for the Exchange ActiveSync account. 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 address associated with the Exchange 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 service is not used. Note: The field is mandatory if OAuth is selected.
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 Enter the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) or IP address of the external Exchange host.
External SSL Determine whether to secure connections between the macOS devices and the external Exchange host using SSL.
External Path The location of the external host.
External Port Port number to communicate with the external Exchange ActiveSync host.

Exchange ActiveSync configuration for macOS devices

Associate policy with 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.

set up Exchange Active Sync settings on macOS
Once the policy is associated, the Exchange ActiveSync account with the given specifications gets configured on the target device.