Telstra HTC HD2 Connection Settings

The Shiny New Phone

I bought an HTC HD2 sight-unseen from the Telstra online store yesterday, and the “five business days” for delivery worked out to be one in total. Score!

With the phone as supplied, aspects of the phone are uncustomizable, and the Internet connection is one of those things.

Most Internet-connecting items worked fine – browsing the web, Twitter, etc – but ActiveSync kept complaining about my connection settings. I verified passwords, server settings, but nothing seemed to work.

The Fix

A tip from a colleague fixed it:

Go through the ActiveSync Wizard to add your mail information. On the very last page, there is an Advanced button. Click that baby and you’ll find a connection drop down. Select the Internet or Telstra.Internet connection.

And now, I have mail through Exchange again. W00p!

Now, to work out how to uncustomize the HTC Sense app a bit.

TMG Web Protection In Action

Today, I arrived at my desk to find a link from one of my relatives waiting for me in an MSN window (sorry, Windows Live Messenger – old habits die hard).

This was unusual behaviour for the person involved, so I was instantly suspicious.

I used Mesh to sign into one of my home PCs, and sure enough, the same message was waiting for me there, under a different account.

Having just installed TMG and set up the new URL Filtering and Malware protection features, I was keen to see whether this would be caught by it (and also curious to know what it was).

Clicking the link, I saw the Forefront TMG block screen in new tasteful grey:


And then Internet Explorer’s SmartScreen Filter kicked in, and denied access to the page on top of the block message.

It’s nice to know that all the layers of protection are working together to try to ensure my safety, and finally, I have some runs on the board (er, well, one) for the Web Protection feature at home!


(for the extra curious, the high rate of URL Filtering is due to some experimental blocking strings I’m trying out).