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Simply Redirect the Outlook Web Access URL–best Practices.


Microsoft Outlook Web Access a very cool feature to view mails through the web browser. But Sometimes it gives a massive headache to Systems Administrators with various user requirements. Directing users to access the OWA URL on their own can be patience testing proposal if you are not using URL’s redirection. As a System Administrator it not a smart answer to ask users to access their web mails by typing the entire public web URL on the browser address bar. It will be an additional headache for Administrators day to day activities when calls come streaming with users.

Well you can clear all of this up and make it transparent to the user, and they’ll never know you did it; it will just work. With the Exchange server 2010 IIS 7 you can achieve this by following very easy steps.Most of the Systems Administrators make this more complicated because of the sensitivity of IIS environment.

Below step by step guide will show you how to simply do the OWA URL redirection with default IIS page. Smile

  • Go to IIS Virtual Directory. – Administrative Tools –> Internet Information Services IIS Manager.
  • Make sure Default Web Site –> SSL Settings, Require SSL is un ticked.

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  • Make sure settings on following table is setup before going to do the redirection. 

    Virtual directory

    Authentication method

    SSL settings

    Management method

    Default Web site

    · Anonymous

    · Not Required

    IIS ,management console

    aspnet_client

    · Anonymous authentication

    · SSL required

    · Requires 128-bit encryption

    IIS management console

    Autodiscover

    · Anonymous authentication

    · Basic authentication

    · Windows authentication

    · SSL required

    · Require 128-bit encryption

    Exchange Management Shell (Shell)

    Ecp

    · Anonymous authentication

    · Basic authentication

    · SSL required

    · Requires 128-bit encryption

    Exchange Management Console (EMC) or Shell

    EWS

    · Anonymous authentication

    · Windows authentication

    · SSL required

    · Requires 128-bit encryption

    Shell

    Microsoft-Server-ActiveSync

    · Basic authentication

    · SSL required

    · Requires 128-bit encryption

    EMC or Shell

    OAB

    · Windows authentication

    · Not required

    EMC or Shell

    Owa

    · Basic

    · SSL required

    · Requires 128-bit encryption

    EMC or Shell

    Powershell

    · Anonymous authentication

    · Not required

    Shell

    Rpc

    · Basic authentication

    · Windows authentication

    · SSL required

    · Requires 128-bit encryption

    Shell

    RpcWithCert

    By default, all authentication methods are disabled

    · Required

     

    • Right Click on Default Web Site –> Click on Switch to Content View.

     

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    • Right click on iisstart.htm in the middle pane and select Switch to Feature View

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    • Un tick Require SSL

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    • On the HTTP Redirect Page, put the OWA URL as below. Apply changes.

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    • Check the workability. Go to the client browser and type the FQDN of the HUB/CAS server as below. Once you press enter you will see it is gently redirecting to the OWA page.

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    See how quickly I have completed the OWA redirection with simple steps. Smile

    If this guidance helps you… please leave a comment in the below box….

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  1. February 19, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Thank you for this. After searching for days and days trying to get my redirect working exactly the way i needed it too this article is what did it for me, plus a revelation that i will reveal.

    I was trying to redirect mail.company.com to https://mail.company.com/owa without success. I followed the steps in other articles to enable the HTTP redirect in IIS, using both methods with requiring SSL and not requiring SSL. I needed to allow port 80 through my firewall it seems to allow the redirect to happen, plus follow this guide exactly. I used the same method to fix my RDWeb site also.

    My environment is Discreet Domain Controller on Server 2012, Discreet Single Exchange 2013 Server on Server 2012, and a godaddy secure SSL UCC Certificate.

    I have no errors, no problem only specifying the root url of mail.company.com with full fast redirection.

    Thank you again!!

  2. February 20, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Glad to hear this helps you… 🙂

  3. Raffael
    August 22, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Here would be another tutorial on how to do it:
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa998359%28v=exchg.150%29.aspx

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