We have the following situation. A customer of ours got re-branded and has therefore now a new domain name. On the email server (Exchange 2010) we added the new domain and for every user we created a new email address and set it as the primary. ([email protected] instead of [email protected]) The old email address is still in there as an alias.

Now we have the problem that the iPhones didn't get informed of this change. Sending and receiving emails work fine. But then a user presses reply all and the email was sent to the new email address then he get himself on the send to list too.

Is it possible to somehow enforce the change of the email address from the server side? I don't want to touch 50 iPhones to make such a change.

  • Have you (as a test), had a user with an iPhone delete the account and re-add it?
    – Mort
    Commented Feb 26, 2013 at 17:49
  • @Mort: Yes, this would work, But I don't want to do it 50 times. :) Commented Feb 26, 2013 at 18:47

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Sure, You could use the iPhone Configuration Utility or Apple Configurator to create a profile for the server settings.

Once you've gotten a signed profile document (it can be self signed if you haven't set up trusted SSL certs, etc…) you can email it or post it to dropbox or otherwise put it on a web server for each device to retrieve.

The users would tap the file to download it and then tap to accept the payload. You could leave the account blank so each user would just have to enter an account/password and the profile would have the details on the mail server and settings to be installed.

Start with the deployment page at Apple and scroll down to the Configure section to read more on MDM and Configurator.


Reading into your settings, you might also consider using directory services or a single sign on solution to pull a person't correct email account from a central directory, but that might cost more than a one time, touch all 50 devices exercise. In the end, you might pay for automation software since it allows better reporting and flexibility as changes like these tend to come more and more often in most businesses.

  • I don't see how this would help in my case. All the settings you have in this profile are still the same. It is only a new primary email address associated with each account. We do have Active Directory etc. Commented Feb 27, 2013 at 10:40

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