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    I know OWA is enabled out of the box when Exchange Server 2003 is installed so connecting to it ought to be simple. Internally, I can connect via https://serverB/exchange. However, I'm not able to so from the Internet via https://mail.mydomain.com/exchange. I've tried many changes to the Default Web Site properties in IIS and the HTTP protocol directory in ESM (as well as resetting the six OWA virtual directories to their default settings many times). I sense I'm missing something fundamental so I'm hoping someone can spot what it is.

    I have the following three-server network setup for mydomain.com:
    Static IP from ISP
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    NAT router
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    ServerA (LAN & WAN NICs, Win2K3, ISA server 2004)
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    Switch
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    | ServerB (LAN NIC, Win2K3, mail svr (Exchange 2003), web server)
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    ServerC (LAN NIC, Win2K3, domain controller)

    I installed a third-party SSL from a CA (issued to mail.mydomain.com) on both ServerA and ServerB. I also have created a mail publishing rule in ISA allowing OWA HTTPS traffic and specifying mail.mydomain.com as the common name. But no joy from the Internet.

    Could the problem be with the authentication settings in IIS? How about an incorrect setting on the Home Directory page in Default Web Site properties? Any help is appreciated.

  • #2
    Re: Exchange 2003 OWA connection questions

    Hi there,

    I was also having the same problem.
    I didnt use ssl to get my owa work, just bipassed it..

    to get my owa work from net I created a new http virtual server in exchange as assigned it real IP and same IP for virtual directory that gets created on creation of virtual server.

    dont know if this is the right way....
    let me know if you find some other way..

    thanks.

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    • #3
      Re: Exchange 2003 OWA connection questions

      Thanks for the tip. I'll give that a try (I don't remember but I may have tried it already - it seems I've tried everything) and let you know. Since you've admitted not being sure whether it's correct or not, does that mean you've never had any helpful forum moderator or member tell you the right way to get connected with SSL? Me neither. And Microsoft documentation for ISA and Exchange are not exactly user friendly. But I'll keep plugging away at it. At some point these intractable network problems usually reveal themselves - that's my experience anyway. I just wish it wasn't so time consuming.

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      • #4
        Re: Exchange 2003 OWA connection questions

        hmm.. well, as i was not having ssl and wanted to get exchange work, i did it without ssl.. got article from internet ..

        did you run internet mail wizard?

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        • #5
          Re: Exchange 2003 OWA connection questions

          Some articles you guys might find helpful. A7ftrplt, have you enable Port Forwarding on the router to send port 25 AND 443 to the Exchange Server?

          http://www.petri.com/configure_isa_to_publish_owa.htm
          http://www.petri.com/configuring_for...hange_2003.htm
          http://www.petri.com/configuring_for...hange_2003.htm
          http://www.petri.com/fixing_a_damage...stallation.htm
          http://www.petri.com/using_fba_without_ssl.htm

          I have included the last link because it has some other good links at the bottom of the article. While not an Exchange specialist, I think it is an extremely bad idea to NOT use SSL on OWA. You are creating a security problem that need not be there.

          RPC over HTTP(S) is another option you could consider.
          http://www.petri.com/configure_rpc_o...gle_server.htm

          If you have any questions, please post back with them.
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