Manage Microsoft servers with Mobile Admin

This section describes how to configure support for Microsoft servers (such as Microsoft Exchange and IIS) so they can be managed with Mobile Admin. Configuration is not required to manage Microsoft Active Directory, Microsoft Windows operating systems, or Microsoft DHCP.

Microsoft Windows 2008 Server

You can install Mobile Admin Server on a system running Windows Server 2008 (Windows 2008 Server R2 is recommended). On a Windows Server 2008 host, Mobile Admin requires the application server role. SolarWinds recommends granting Mobile Admin users local administrator rights to the Mobile Admin Server host, but it is not required.

Manage Microsoft Exchange

Mobile Admin can manage Microsoft Exchange using Local or Remote PowerShell Invocation. You can select the method used in the Host Properties page.

Cross-domain administration of Microsoft Exchange 2007 and 2010 is not supported by Mobile Admin.

Local PowerShell Invocation

This method allows you to manage Exchange Server 2007, 2010, and 2013 systems. Some ActiveSync actions on Exchange Server 2013 may be limited with this method.

To use the Local PowerShell Invocation method, verify that:

  • The corresponding Microsoft Exchange Management Tools and their prerequisites are installed on the Mobile Admin server host.
  • The Mobile Admin server host is located in the same domain as the Microsoft Exchange server host.
  • (Exchange 2007) The Microsoft administration toolkit (adminpak.msi) is installed in the operating system.

Remote PowerShell Invocation

This method allows you to manage Exchange Server 2010 and 2013 systems that are not included in the same domain as the Mobile Admin server host.

To use the Remote PowerShell Invocation Method, verify that:

  • PowerShell version 2.0 is installed on the Mobile Admin server host.
  • Windows PowerShell Remoting is enabled on the Mobile Admin server host.
  • The corresponding Microsoft Exchange Management Tools (which includes PowerShell, and their prerequisites) is installed on the Exchange server host.
  • Windows Authentication for PowerShell is enabled on the Exchange server host.
  • PowerShell is configured to use FullLanguage mode on the Exchange server host.

Enable PowerShell Remoting

  1. Open a command prompt with administrative privileges on the Mobile Admin server.
  2. Run the following command:

    winrm quickconfig

  3. Follow the onscreen instructions.

Enable Windows Authentication on PowerShell

  1. On the Exchange server host, open Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.
  2. Navigate to Your Server > Sites > Default Web Site > PowerShell.
  3. In the center panel, select Authentication.
  4. Select Windows Authentication, and then select Enable in the Actions panel.
  5. Restart IIS and recycle the Exchange application pools.

Enable FullLanguage

  1. On the Exchange server host, open Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.
  2. Navigate to Your Server > Sites > Default Web Site > PowerShell.
  3. In the center panel, select Application Settings.
  4. Edit PSLanguageMode, and change the value to FullLanguage.
  5. Restart IIS and recycle the Exchange application pools.

Manage Microsoft ActiveSync

Microsoft ActiveSync can only be managed using the Remote PowerShell Invocation option in the host properties of your Exchange server. Follow the instructions for Remote PowerShell Invocation to set up your Mobile Admin server and Exchange server.

Manage Microsoft IIS

To manage Microsoft IIS, Mobile Admin Server requires the IIS Common Files component be installed on the local host.

You do not have to install the World Wide Web service, the FTP service, or any other components.

  1. On the Start menu, click Control Panel.
  2. On the Control Panel window, select Add/Remove Programs.
  3. On the Add/Remove Programs window, click Add/Remove Windows Components.

    The Windows Components Wizard appears.

  4. In the Windows Components Wizard, click Internet Information Services.
  5. Click Details.

    The Internet Information Services window appears.

  6. Make sure that Common Files is selected.
  7. Click OK.
  8. Follow the remaining prompts to complete the wizard and install the IIS Common Files.

Manage a Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 server

To manage Operations Manager 2007 servers with Mobile Admin, the System Center Operations Manager 2007 SP1 Client Tools or the Operations Manager 2007 User Interface (32-bit) must be installed on the same machine as the Mobile Admin server. These tools are available from your System Center Operations Manager CD/DVD.

Manage a Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2012 server

To manage Operations Manager 2012 servers with Mobile Admin, install the Operations console on the same machine as the Mobile Admin server. This is available from your System Center Operations Manager 2012 installer.

Manage a Microsoft System Center Mobile Device Manager server

The System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008 Administrator Tools must be installed on the same system as Mobile Admin to manage Mobile Device Manager servers with Mobile Admin.