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When I configured my Droid 2 (Android 2.2) to communicate with our Exchange 2007 client access server, it appeared to apply a policy that forced me to use a password lock on the device.

Curious, I went to look and the default ActiveSync policy that we are using does not appear to have this enforcement configured, so it must be the device doing this.

My question is, is there a way to override this? On either end?

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I believe this is actually forced from the Droid side, not from your Exchange server and is a part of the mobile OS by design. The good news is that it's a terrific security practice and should be used by most people. I'm sure however that doesn't satisfy your needs.

One alternative is to not use the embedded exchange client, but an alternative such as TouchDown by Nitrodesk (http://nitrodesk.com/). This third party client will not only trigger a forced password by the OS, but will also get you out of having to pay for the extra "Corporate email" recurring fee charged by some providers. Also I believe this client will sync some aspects of Exchange which the embedded client won't, such as tasks.

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That's kind of what I suspected. I'm hoping that a rooted device might be able to get around this. –  SpacemanSpiff Nov 2 '10 at 16:07
    
@Tom - why do you need to get around it? Is it really that bad? If this is a corporate mail system then what does the business have to say about its data being downloaded to an unsecured personal device? –  RobM Nov 2 '10 at 16:33
    
As an Android rooter, I believe that even a rooted modification of the stock OS will still encounter this same issue. You could of course root and flash to an entirely different ROM, but installing a third-party client would be many times more simple. –  PMGoldstein Nov 2 '10 at 16:51
    
@Robert - I'm a little past that part of the discussion. It's just a personal preference more than anything. Our native Active Sync clients and blackberry users aren't required to have a pin. The policy is pretty much up to me and its not important to us. –  SpacemanSpiff Nov 2 '10 at 18:07
    
Fair enough Tom, I'm certainly not here to get all preachy, but a surprising amount of people haven't considered that stuff... –  RobM Nov 2 '10 at 18:21
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