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Registered: ‎10-23-2008
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OWA vs. IMAP/SMTP access - advantages of these methods

Hi,

 

I wonder (and actually have googled this question, but have not found a solution yet) what the more *advanced* solution is for accessing an (corporate) Exchange server, as (1) access via Outlook Web Access and (2) access via IMAP/SMTP is possible.

 

I would be interested in (a) usability aspects for the BB device and (b) security aspects for these two options (1) and (2).

 

Thanks much, Guido

 

 

Btw: How does the OWA access actually work? Do I need to think about RIM servers conecting to the OWA website for polling mails? Probably not, or?

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Registered: ‎04-01-2008
My Device: 8120, Storm, 8200

Re: OWA vs. IMAP/SMTP access - advantages of these methods

yes RIM servers poll your OWA/IMPA/POP servers when you integrate your email accounts using any of these protocols.
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Registered: ‎10-27-2008
My Device: Curve 8320

Re: OWA vs. IMAP/SMTP access - advantages of these methods

We do not have a BB server at my company and connect our Berry's using Exchange 2003's OWA feature.

 

Works flawless and have not found any security holes.

 

Downside is, it does not always sync calendar items as well as having a BB server would.

If you are just looking for mail sync then OWA will work great.

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Re: OWA vs. IMAP/SMTP access - advantages of these methods


briandullea wrote:

We do not have a BB server at my company and connect our Berry's using Exchange 2003's OWA feature.

 

Works flawless and have not found any security holes.

 

Downside is, it does not always sync calendar items as well as having a BB server would.

If you are just looking for mail sync then OWA will work great.


 

Except for the gaping security hole where you're providing credentials to a 3rd party provider ...

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Re: OWA vs. IMAP/SMTP access - advantages of these methods

Who would the 3rd party provider be??

 

You can setup any mailbox directly on your phone.

No need to go through your Cell Service Provider if you feel there is a security risk there.

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Re: OWA vs. IMAP/SMTP access - advantages of these methods


briandullea wrote:

Who would the 3rd party provider be??

 

You can setup any mailbox directly on your phone.

No need to go through your Cell Service Provider if you feel there is a security risk there.


The 3rd party is RIM.  Party 1 & 2 are the user and the server / network.  Since someone else is doing the auth on behalf of the user, they are the 3rd party ... RIM.

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Re: OWA vs. IMAP/SMTP access - advantages of these methods

its fully secure though
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Re: OWA vs. IMAP/SMTP access - advantages of these methods

You sure about that?

 

The user name and password are entered into my phone by me, along with the url to my OWA server.

 

How does RIM get involved without the use of a blackberry server?

I understand they are the manufacturer of the phones but doesn't all my data packets actually ride on my cellular network?

It's not like all of the cell providers share there network with RIM.

 

Please explain.

 

 

 

 

 

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Re: OWA vs. IMAP/SMTP access - advantages of these methods

Did the research and answered my own question. I had no idea that all data actually does touch rim 1st and then goes to the cell provider.

Sorry for not believing you!

 

That's kind of strange because my e-mails worked fine during the last big Blackberry outage that they had.

Hmmm...

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Re: OWA vs. IMAP/SMTP access - advantages of these methods


BBsingh wrote:
its fully secure though

 

Please don't say that ... you know its not.  The only computer fully secure is one disconnected from any network sealed in a box of adamantium.

 

That said, I use a BIS integreated mailbox through OWA on my BlackBerry handheld ... so I'm ok with the risk.

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