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  • Issue with OWA 2003 Forms Based Authentication

    I recently set up and 2003 OWA server using both SSL and Forms based authentication. The installation was text book and worked perfectly, however I wanted to allow my users to logon without using the "domain name\user name" notation, and instead allow them to logon with simple username and password.

    With a little searching I found an article on the MSExchange.org website entitled "Outlook Web Access 2003 Forms-based authentication and the default domain dilemna", which appeared to hold the key to resolving my issue.

    After following the instruction in this article all seemed to work fine. I tested the username and password method of logging in and was successful. However, upon rebooting the OWA server to move its physical location I found that I could no longer log in. I then tried, in frustration, to logon using the domain name\username notation and it worked fine. I then, once again, tried to logon using the simple username/password and it worked fine- almost as though the domain name\username method was required to "seed" the more simplified method.

    My question is- has anyone seen this behavior?

    Thank you in advance,

    Ron

  • #2
    Re: Issue with OWA 2003 Forms Based Authentication

    You didn't need to change anything.
    There is an undocumented change in FBA where on a single domain, you do not need the domain\username - you can just enter the user name on its own.

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    • #3
      Re: Issue with OWA 2003 Forms Based Authentication

      Thank you for the reply, however I am dealing with multiple domains.

      Additioanally, I really am trying to understand the behavior itself. Do you have any insite on the cause?

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      • #4
        Re: Issue with OWA 2003 Forms Based Authentication

        If you are dealing with multiple domains then you must use the domain\username notation, otherwise Exchange doesn't know which domain the user is from.

        Another option is the [email protected] method, and then change your user accounts and UPN value to match the email addresses and tell the users to enter their email address and password instead.

        Simon.
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        • #5
          Re: Issue with OWA 2003 Forms Based Authentication

          Hello guy's

          if such is the issue then you can follow Kb 903942
          How to configure Exchange Server 2003 so that users can log on to OWA without entering a domain name.
          http://support.microsoft.com/kb/903942/en-us

          Also you need to login to IIS manager and expand the Default Web site

          Need move properties of Exchange and Public virtual directories
          click on Directories Security and click first edit and select Basic authentication
          and put "\" for Default Domain and Realm should be blank

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