Windows Phone 8 Emulator for Exchange 2013 Testing

As with any new version of any server software, there may be changes to the previous supported versions of the clients. As I am building new use cases for Exchange 2013, I start having problems with the old Windows Mobile Simulator as it emulates Windows Mobile 6.5 and that is not supported for Exchange 2013. You will need a Windows Mobile 7.5 or newer to perform Active Sync testing.

This article will cover the steps to load the Windows Phone 8 Emulator and how to configure it to connect to your Exchange 2013 Environment.


In order to run the Windows Phone 8 Emulator you need to Install the Windows Phone 8 SDK. You can download it from this link. Install the SDK, register the SDK and open Visual Studio at least once so you can download the updated version of all the components.

Instructions to run simulator without Visual Studio

To start the emulator without visual studio all you have to do is follow these steps.

  1. Open Notepad
  2. Type this command on the file: “C:Program Files (x86)Microsoft XDE8.0XDE.exe” /vhd “C:Program Files (x86)Microsoft SDKsWindows Phonev8.0EmulationImagesFlash.vhd” /video “720×1280″ /memsize 1024 /language 409 /creatediffdisk “%Temp%dd.720×1280.1024.vhd” /fastShutdown
  3. Save your file with .cmd extension. Ex: Windows_Phone_8_Emulator.cmd
  4. Double Click the .cmd file
  5. After a about 1 minute you should have a working Windows Phone 8 and you can configure your Exchange account.


Windows Phone 8 Troubleshooting Tips

Instructions to run Windows Phone 8 emulator on VMware Workstation

Video to configure Windows Phone 8 on a VMware Environment

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2 thoughts on “Windows Phone 8 Emulator for Exchange 2013 Testing”

  1. Carlos, thanks for the easy to follow article. Except it doesn’t work on a virtual computer. You must do it on a physical computer with the required virtualization enabled, as outlined in the prerequisites section.


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