Exchange ActiveSync Provisioning

Exchange ActiveSync

EAS Provisioning is a means
to download and apply devices on an activesync device.

The provisioning process on a client will generally occur when the server

that the provisioning is necessary. If a client specifically requests
provisioning, this

will take extra bandwidth that is not needed, not only because provisioning may

be necessary. The provisioning process is a 4 phase process and is not merely a

request/response 2-step process as are other activesync commands.

Let's see how this process

A client wants to
synchornize the entire folder hierarchy (grab every folder in the mailbox).

The client will issue a FolderSync command with a SyncKey of 0 (sync folder

Once this happens the server will kick back a status code of 449 indicating to
the client that

the server does not accept the client's command because it feels as it does not
have the

latest policy. Therefore, the client will then issue a Provision command. In
response, the

server will kick back a response with a temporary SyncKey. The corporate policy
is also provided along with this synckey. Once the client applies the policies
requested by the

server, the client will send back another Provision command with the temporary

in the request. This is a receipt that informs the server that we accepted the
policies and have applied them. In response, the server sends the client a
"final key" that will be used

for all subsequent commincations. Thus, the client can reissue the foldersync
command with

the final sync key and all should work well.

Here is an overview of the

1. Client attempts command /
server responds with status code 449.

2. Client sends provision / server responds with temp key

3. Client sends temp key / server responds with final key

4. Client reissues failed command / server responds successfully

It's also important to note that the synckey is not a guid of any kind, it is a
unique random integer presented to the client as a string. It is up to the
client to store this synckey after

receiving the final key from the server. It *will* be necessary to re-provision
again sometime

in the near future, so the client has to be constantly looking out for the
status code 449.