Understanding Bootstrapping

Windows Mobile 6.5

Bootstrapping is initially configuring a device so that it can be continuously provisioned by a privileged agent. Continuous provisioning is the ongoing provisioning of a mobile device by updating or changing configuration settings and applications, as required, over time.

Devices must be bootstrapped to use the XML delivery mechanism of choice. Bootstrapping is performed by the OEM, or by using OMA Client Provisioning. For information about how to bootstrap for various delivery mechanisms, see Bootstrapping a Device.

Over-the-air bootstrapping is disabled by default on Windows Mobile devices. The device will not initially accept provisioning messages sent OTA by way of WAP. For information about how to enable OTA bootstrapping, see Enabling OTA Bootstrapping.

Bootstrapping a Windows Mobile device usually involves configuring the device with the following information:

  • Trusted Provisioning Server (TPS)
  • Privileged Push Proxy Gateway
  • WAP Connectivity
  • GPRS/1xRTT connectivity
  • Changes to the default security model

Bootstrapping may also include configuring other settings such as Browser Favorites, TAPI, Locale, Clock, and Registry.

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