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    i am having some problems with OWA/OMA. i got a few MDAs in our organization and wanted to get them working with exchange...

    something happened while trying to configure one of them, and i have not been able to get it working. i can browse to the back end "http://kappa/exchange" and it displays the OWA correctly. unfortunately, i cannot get it to work on the FE. to compound the problem, the FE also hosts a public web site...

    so i want to separate them... i installed a third exchange server, updated it, then clicked the"front end" switch and rebooted it.

    i installed a cert for SSL. everything looks normal... the new server is called coc-fpa. when i browse to http://coc-fpa, i get the warning it must be viewed over a secure connection... that is right. so i try "https://coc-fpa" and it says "under construction" good. but i then go "https://coc-fpa/exchange" and it says the page cannot be displayed...

    what am i missing? does anyone have an article for swapping front end servers? i was under the impression that once the server is marked as a front-end, it proxies the request to the BE server...

    do i need a connector somewhere? sorry for being such a killjoy...
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  • #2
    Re: FE configuration

    Is there anything between the servers? Firewall, anything like that?
    A basic frontend should be Exchange installed, service packed and then the frontend option enabled. Nothing more should be required.

    Are you asked to authenticate?

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    • #3
      Re: FE configuration

      there is nothing between the new front-end and the back-end... the other front end is in a DMZ.
      it prompts me for credentials when i browse to the f-e site "https://coc-fpa/exchange" but it doesnt go anywhere... "https://coc-fpa/exchweb/bin/auth/owaauth.dll" page cannot be displayed...

      yeah, thats what i did. installed eX, installed the SP's and then clicked the switch. that should have been it, i thought.

      i enabled forms based auth, but it still wont authenticate me...

      does it matter that the front end is located internally? dcdiag passes...
      its easier to beg forgiveness than ask permission.
      Give karma where karma is due...

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      • #4
        Re: FE configuration

        Frontends in the DMZ is a bad idea my opinion.

        If the forms based authentication page will not load, then something is wrong with the server. If I was sat with that server I would declare it a bad build - remove Exchange using Add/remove programs, drop the machine in to a workgroup and flatten it.

        I operate a simple theory with servers - they should work out of the box. If they don't, redo it. If the second one fails to work out of the box then go looking elsewhere for the cause. As you can redo a machine in less than an hour, it makes sense to try that first.

        Simon.
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        Simon Butler
        Exchange MVP

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        • #5
          Re: FE configuration

          the forms based page appears, but it wouldnt authenticate me...

          so i just uninstalled exchange and flattened the box as you said... it has been removed from the org.

          if i can connect to the back-end OWA and everything works, should i suspect the FE installation or could it still be the BE?

          when i did this the first time, after the box for FE was checked, OWA was available and things seemed like they worked. now i cant get OWA to come up on either FE.
          its easier to beg forgiveness than ask permission.
          Give karma where karma is due...

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          • #6
            Re: FE configuration

            It could be the communication between the backend and the frontend. If you have put an Exchange server in the DMZ then you probably made changes to the Exchange server environment to get them to work. Did you make those same changes to the new server?

            Simon.
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            Simon Butler
            Exchange MVP

            Blog: http://blog.sembee.co.uk/
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