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    Our company would like to have its salespeople be able to use Outlook and see their Exchange 2003 mail, when out of the office. Currently they use OWA but using OWA we cannot sync our PDA phones and not all features are available that are used in-house. Contacts are limited as well.

    Basically, we want to be at home or traveling and open Outlook and be able to view our Public folders, mail, ect. We tried to add a new HTTP email account but can't get that to work.

    We currently have an Exchange Server running 2003 and Windows Server 2003. I looked into the RPE-HTTP which appears to be what we want but our exchange server is running Receiptent Update Service and we cannot make it a front-end server.

    What's the best way to handle this?

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    Re: Internet Exchange - not OWA

    well, the simple answer is to add a FE box and use activesync to get real time messages and contacts via the GAL.

    as i am a little unclear on the first part, i will just tell you that if the users have outlook set up to deliver mail to their personal folders (.pst) then they will not see messages pulled from the server... so make sure that the mail is being delivered to the mailbox and not to 'personal folders' if you would like full access to your mail.
    its easier to beg forgiveness than ask permission.
    Give karma where karma is due...

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    • #3
      Re: Internet Exchange - not OWA

      James, I'm not sure they need an FE server in order to get RPC over HTTPs functionality. If they have one Ex2003 box they can use IT as the RPC Proxy machine (see my http://www.petri.com/configure_rpc_o...gle_server.htm article).

      If they want some extra security they should publish the RPC Proxy (in their case - the Exchange machine) via ISA 2006 in the DMZ or as the FW.
      Cheers,

      Daniel Petri
      Microsoft Most Valuable Professional - Active Directory Directory Services
      MCSA/E, MCTS, MCITP, MCT

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      • #4
        Re: Internet Exchange - not OWA

        Originally posted by danielp View Post
        James, I'm not sure they need an FE server in order to get RPC over HTTPs functionality. If they have one Ex2003 box they can use IT as the RPC Proxy machine (see my http://www.petri.com/configure_rpc_o...gle_server.htm article).

        If they want some extra security they should publish the RPC Proxy (in their case - the Exchange machine) via ISA 2006 in the DMZ or as the FW.
        you are correct. the RPC can be accomplished easily using your tutorial. i was kinda offering the suggestion of adding a front-end because of the remark:
        using OWA we cannot sync our PDA phones and not all features are available that are used in-house. Contacts are limited as well.
        its possible to use just one server to dish out an activesync connection, but (i thought) its much easier to configure things with a FE in the picture.

        but i am an exchange novice compaired to most your guys, so please feel free to correct me when its needed. i never started training on exchange till i promised i would set one up for my work so we could get rid of group_wise...

        so yeah, what daniel said.
        its easier to beg forgiveness than ask permission.
        Give karma where karma is due...

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        • #5
          Re: Internet Exchange - not OWA

          You can do almost everything that you can with FE/BE as you can on a single server. SBS is a prime example of that. The fact that Microsoft make it easier for you if you have an FE/BE is a different issue. It seems that MS want you to go from SBS to a multiple server environment - nothing in between.

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