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  • Exchange 2003 RPC over https: Outlook 2007 changes the domain name

    Hi,

    my Exchange Server 2003 worked perfectly with Outlook 2007. But then a hat to reinstall my (client) system and after that I could only connect to the server once! Now Outlook always wants to connect to <servername>.<domain>.<tld> which cannot work as the SSL Cert is only valid for <domain>.<tld>

    I entered (and reentered) <domain>.<tld> as RPC Server, but Outlook always changes it to <servername>.<domain>.<tld> when asking for the password during startup.

    Does anybody know how to solve this?

  • #2
    Re: Exchange 2003 RPC over https: Outlook 2007 changes the domain name

    Solve it?
    You can't solve a problem that doesn't exist.
    The behaviour you are seeing is correct.
    Outlook will connect to the server and change the FQDN in the account setup to the real name of the server.

    Furthermore, you shouldn't really be using domain.com to point to a private site. domain.com should be pointing to the public web site, as many people don't bother with www any more. Create a host for external access, such as mail.domain.com.

    RPC over HTTPS is set in the additional settings in the client and that should connect correctly using the name that matches your certificate. If you are not setting that information then I am surprised it works at all, perhaps you haven't configured the feature correctly or have misunderstood how it works and have opened the Exchange to the Internet fully, rather than JUST port 443 - which is all it needs.

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    • #3
      Re: Exchange 2003 RPC over https: Outlook 2007 changes the domain name

      RPC over HTTPS is set in the additional settings in the client and that should connect correctly using the name that matches your certificate
      That's exactly what I did.






      Die cert is for <domain>.name

      owa ist installed at <domain>.name/Exchange

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      • #4
        Re: Exchange 2003 RPC over https: Outlook 2007 changes the domain name

        So what is changing?
        Outlook 2007 will only change settings based on autodiscover when it is connected to Exchange 2007. I have never seen it change the address otherwise - other than the setting I have already indicated as being standard practise.

        Furthermore, you aren't following best practises by using a certificate on host.domain.com rather than domain.com, and you are not completing the second box.

        Simon.
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        Simon Butler
        Exchange MVP

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