Exchange 2007: Disable iPhone Passcode Requirement   August 6th, 2010

If you are using your iPhone with Exchange 2007 you’ll notice that Exchange now forces a remote policy which requires you to have a passcode on your device (of course this also applies to other mobile devices and not just the iPhone).  I’m sure for some this is not an issue but for those users who do not need this security feature enabled and/or simply do not want to have to enter a passcode every time, there is of course a way to disable the feature.

Firstly, you’ll need to have administrative rights to the Exchange 2007 server, so if you do and you’re able to either access the box locally or remotely via RDP, read on.

Assuming you are now sat looking at the desktop on your server, do the following (I have based this guide on a standard installation of Small Business Server 2008, but of course still applies to a stand-alone build of Exchange 2007, just follow the same steps):

  • Click through Start>All Programs>Microsoft Exchange Server 2007>Exchange Management Console
  • You’ll be greeted with a Windows needs your permission to continue dialogue box, select Continue
  • Once in the console, expand Organization Configuration and highlight Client Access
  • There should only be one policy active, which is the Windows SBS Mobile Mailbox Policy <servername>, right click this and select Properties
  • Click on the Password tab
  • Next uncheck the Require password checkbox and hit Apply then OK
  • You can now close all of the open windows

You should now find that the forced passcode is no longer required.

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    12 Responses

    August 6th, 2010 at 2:59 pm
    James Eades Says:

    Done this on our server but how do you update the phone to not need the passcode mate? It’s not letting me turn it it a case of removing and re-adding the exchange account?

    August 6th, 2010 at 3:09 pm
    Mike Says:

    Hiya mate, not sure actually as I have always configured the server before adding the clients and I don’t have an iPhone here with me to test. It’s quite possible that you may have to do that, although the remote policy should push out to the ‘device’.

    Have a play and let me know and I’d update the post accordingly!

    August 18th, 2010 at 9:49 pm
    Carl Says:

    Just go into iPhone: Settings>General>Passcode Lock>And then turn off passcode or summat?!..

    Hope that helps!!

    October 5th, 2010 at 5:44 pm
    Sean Young Says:

    I believe you have to remove the activesync device from the server OR disable syncing of that account on the iphone and re enable it.

    October 26th, 2010 at 3:05 pm
    Tommy D Says:

    exactly what I was looking for! thanks, now my boss is happy, he doesn’t have to unlock his iPhone every single time he answer a call!

    January 4th, 2011 at 7:45 pm
    Filipe Says:

    Thank you very much.
    It works.


    May 6th, 2011 at 9:44 pm
    Neesh Says:

    Thanks so much, works great

    September 6th, 2011 at 4:40 pm
    User Says:

    This worked the same for me in Exchange 2010, Thanks!

    September 6th, 2011 at 5:34 pm
    mike Says:

    No worries, glad to be of help!

    September 9th, 2011 at 6:01 pm
    News On Apps Says:

    I like your writing style, Good Stuff!!.

    October 3rd, 2011 at 12:42 pm
    nuri Says:

    For those of you who do not have access to their exchange accounts, you could set the iphone to request passcode 1 hour after turning it on. This practically eliminates the requirement to enter a passcode everytime you touch your phone.

    May 4th, 2012 at 1:22 pm
    John Says:

    What method are you using to “disable syncing of the account on the iphone”? Can you please provide the specific steps

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