SBS 2011 Standard & iPhone

sbsstdI’ve noticed a lot of people are hitting my blog with search terms like SBS2011 iPhone or words to that effect. I got to thinking that maybe some people are not interested in the technical detail in my previous posts about iPhones or iPads, and maybe they just wanted to know how to add their Exchange email to their device.

If you want to know how to configure your iPhone with Office 365 look here.

If you are looking for information on the iPhone Configuration Utility, look here.

If you are looking for information on the iPhone and AutoDiscover, look here.

If you just want me to shut up and tell you what settings you need to make your iDevice work with your new Exchange Server, read on!

Add your email to your iPhone

First from the Home screen, go to Settings.

iPhone home screen and settings

Then go to Mail, Contacts, Calendars

iPhone settings mail contacts calendars

Choose Add an Account.

iPhone add an account

Choose Microsoft Exchange

Add Microsoft Exchange

You are then asked for 5 pieces of information.

    • Email
    • Domain
    • Username
    • Password
    • Description

 iPhone exchange account details


This is your email address


Your servers internal domain name. For example, ‘sbs.local’ could be your internal domain name. You can just enter ‘sbs’


This is the username you use when you logon to your computer in the office.


The password you use when you logon to your computer in the office.


This is just a memorable name so you can distinguish between multiple email accounts on your device.

Once you have filled out this information, click on Next. Notice the device now says ‘Verifying’

iPhone Exchange email verifying account

You may be presented with a warning message regarding ‘verification of the server identity’ Click on continue.

for more info on why this happens follow my link above regarding autodiscover.

iPhone Exchange Email Autodiscover

In most cases you will now see a new box appear, called Server.



This is the public name for your SBS Server.

iPhone Exchange Email Server Address

The default for SBS 2008 and SBS 2011 is ‘’

(where is your email domain)

Type this in and click next. Again the phone will show as Verifying.

iPhone Exchange Email Server Address

The next page will ask if you which items you want to sync to your phone.

Click on Save when you are happy with your selection.

iPhone Exchange Email choose items to sync

Your items will now start to sync to your phone.

iPhone Exchange Email Syncd

Default Behaviour

By default the iPhone will only sync the last 3 days of content, so don’t get freaked out if all of your email is ‘missing’.

You can change the behaviour in the settings of the account.

Under, Settings, Mail, Contact, Calendars, find your account by its description. Inside here you can change the sync behaviour.

iPhone Exchange Email Account Settings

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