Sunday, June 04, 2006

Verizon’s Motorola Q Smartphone - Installing SBS Self-Signed Certificate

I was having issues installing the SBS self-signed certificate on the new Motorola Q phone released this week by Verizon.

Google searched the problem and ran across this article from the Windows Mobile Team Blog.

Verizon’s implementation won’t allow you to copy the certificate to the device and run the certificate install using the certificate itself.  I located the Microsoft KB 841060 How to add root certificates to Windows Mobile 2003 Smartphone and to Windows Mobile 2002 Smartphone and tried adding the certificate using Verizon’s install program VZW_SPAddCert.exe.  This method wasn’t supported as well.

Method number 3: I created an XML file as directed by the Microsoft Mobile Team blog post.  Converted it to a .cab file. Copied the .cab file to the My Documents folder on the Smartphone and ran it from the device.

The certificate went in place just as advertised. Hit Sync and the device synced up with the SBS Exchange Server and brought in a weeks worth of e-mail just like it was supposed to.

Problem Solved.

If you aren’t familiar with the procedure of connecting to the SBS Exchange Server you need to grab a copy of the whitepaper Deploying Windows Mobile 5.0 with Windows Small Business Server 2003 It’s invaluable.

Update

Why would you want to use the self-signed certificate? In the past SSL certificates were expensive. With increased competition in the marketplace that is no longer the case. You can use a Standard SSL certificate from Go Daddy for less than thirty dollars. It will work for your Smartphone and enhance your Remote Web Workplace by removing the annoying pop-up about a problem with the sites certificate.

Posted by Stevereno on 06/04 at 10:50 PM
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