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win 2000 server
exchange 2000
iis 5.0
OWA works on the default website when using myIP/exchange.  I went throught this artical for setup so far http://archive.devx.com/upload/free/features/exchange/2000/08aug00/ds2_0008/ds2_0008.asp . I would like to configure OWA to work from mydomain.com/exchange or exchange.mydomain.com  I host multiple domains and I would like them all to work this way.  will someone please tell me how???
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by:David Wilhoit
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DNS. On your internal side, you'll need a host record for each servername.domain.com that you have. In other words, create an alias for each hosted domain:

mail.domainA.com   CNAME     actualservername.domain.com

Then on external DNS, you'd have an MX record and a pointer (A) record for mail.domainA.com. Then in the browser, the customer could type mail.domainA.com/exchange, and they'd be in. Is this what you needed?

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by:joeker
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I don't think this is what I need.
I already have a forward and reverse zone with hosts and pointer records for each domain I host.  
As it is now, to use OWA for site domainX.com I need to goto myIPaddress/exchange | user enters user/pass and gets their mail.  Going to domainX.com/exchange give me "Page cannot be Found" because OWA is only installed on the default website.  I want to install OWA on every site that I host.
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by:David Wilhoit
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then this would be what you're looking for:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;190008

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by:joeker
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Thank you for trying,   but I don't think so, I've been doing that for years.  My websites work fine, user get to them from internal and external.  I recently installed exchange server and I want to enable OWA (Outlook Web Access) on a site other than the default website.  Maybe I am missing something here.  I thought I would need to create some virtual directories and add a filter through Internet Services Manager.  I'm still looking for an answer.  
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by:David Wilhoit
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Well, in that case, not sure what you're looking for. OWA will work for all your sites, if pointed there. Good luck!
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by:joeker
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I would love to hear from someone who is hosting multiple sites from 1 server and also using OWA for each site.  
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by:cyrus1_1
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joeker

Did you get your issuse resolved as I am having the same issues as yourself and can't seem to find the answer.

Thanks in advance
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by:cyrus1_1
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I found this arctile but it's for exchange 5.5 I'm looking for the same thing but on how to do it in exchange 2000

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb%3Ben-us%3B261953

Q261953
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by:joeker
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Cyrus1, me and you have the same issue.  I have looked at that page before also, it's outdated right.  The exchfilt.dll is no longer in the C:\winnt\system32\ folder.  I am still looking for the solution.  I will let you know when I find it.  
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The exchfilt.dll is in program files\exchsrvr\bin\ but I still can't get it to work properly well hopefully between us will get it done
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by:joeker
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I got it working now but only in a directory listing format, not the regular OWA format.
goto the properties tab for the website you want to enable OWA.
goto ISAPI Filters tab and add a filter
name=  Microsoft Exchange Web Component
Executable=  C:\Program Files\Exchsrvr\bin\exchfilt.dll
click OK | Apply | OK

then I recreated the virtual directories 'Exchange' and 'Exchweb' from the default site into the site I want OWA.  Looking at each tab to try and match the settings. Why do the virtual directories in the default site have a folder with a globe icon, and the virtual directories I created have the openbox looking icon?  maybe this has something to do with it?????
I will keep trying later.. please let me know what you find.
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by:cyrus1_1
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I belive the difference in icons is that the default site icons were created through system manger for exchange .

It surprises me more people have not run into this problem
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by:joeker
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I just found the icon change when I change the 'application setting' on the 'virtual directory' tab for the properties of the exchange virtual directory... I don't know if I'm making sense but i need to sleep now.  I will try more later tonight..  EE is running slow today, good luck... I really hope we figure this out soon
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by:cyrus1_1
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Ok here's some thing intresting default domain is abc.com and my email is me@abc.com..I added the xyz.com website and recipent poilcy for it's users so I can now send mail to me@xyz.com without a problem. OWA works for abc.com/exchange with no problem but not the XYZ..Ok sorry just wanted to recap for you..I took my userfrom the xyz domain edited his properties via AD and added username@abc.com to the smtp page as a secondary email address NOT the primary and OWA now works for both sites. problem is now the same person can get emails using both domains and I don't want that I want them separte compaines..hmm getting closer but not there yet
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by:cyrus1_1
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Well instead of putting the the real username I put @abc.com without any user name and now that person can only recive emails from his correct domain and OWA works..Not sure if it's working the way it was designed to put it does work..Let me know what you find
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by:cyrus1_1
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sorry I take back that last post it stopped me from getting mail from the abc company but also stopped OWA from working for that user argggghhhh
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by:joeker
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I found that in order for all my domains to access OWA(and this is only on the default website, I still havn't got it working on each website I host) the user needs to have an email address for the servers domain as well as the websites domain.  
I really would love to hear from anyone who has OWA working on multiple sites  where you can access it like www.site1.com/exchange and www.site2.com/exchange and www.site3.com/exchange.
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I've now been able to acces it feom 3 sites as www.site1.com/exchange and www.site2.com/exchange and www.site3.com/exchange. but for the users in the site I had  to give them an email address for the default domain but I just gavfe them fake@defaultdomain.com ..I can now use OWA for all 3 site and as www.site1.com/exchange and www.site2.com/exchange and www.site3.com/exchange.Not sure if that is the correct way but it is working now for all 3 sites
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by:joeker
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How did you do it Cyrus?  Did you copy the virtual directories from the default website?
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no that wasn't needed. I just created the virtual websites assigned them an ip ( I created multiple ips for one nic). On the default website I left it as all unassigned for ip.

I used the smae document you did
http://archive.devx.com/upload/free/features/exchange/2000/08aug00/ds2_0008/ds2_0008.asp 

But instead of the default domain smtp add fake@defaultdomain.com also their correct address to the recipent policy.

Make sure you have your dnis servers for  www.site1.com/ and www.site2.com/ and www.site3.com/ all pointed to your one machines external ip (not internal)

If this doesnt make sense let me know I'll rewrite it but I'm off to bed It's been a long night fighting with this
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by:joeker
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mine seems to be working good now. I didn't know that you could add virtual servers from Exchange syystem manager | servers | protocols | http |
well I still don't know why we have to give the user an email address for the server domain to get it to work????
Anyway thank you and I hope we both understand this a  little more now.
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by:joeker
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mine seems to be working good now. I didn't know that you could add virtual servers from Exchange syystem manager | servers | protocols | http |
well I still don't know why we have to give the user an email address for the server domain to get it to work????
Anyway thank you and I hope we both understand this a  little more now.
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by:cyrus1_1
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Great glad to hear it's working for you..I'm not sure why we have to use the server domain for it to work either but I'm just glad it's working ..I didn't have to add virtual servers from exchange did you?

I sure learned a whole lot about exchange and iis from this whole experience though
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by:joeker
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I added virtual servers from Exchange system manager after reading this artical
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/treeview/default.asp?url=/technet/itsolutions/guide/plan/p_10_tt1.asp
It seems you can make it work many ways.  Thanks for your help.  I havn't decided if I like working 3rd shift but I know I need sleep.
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by:cyrus1_1
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What did adding the Virtual Servers do for you..Which part of the arctile are you refering to .I'm curious on way I didnt have to add them and if I do will my results be different?

Yea 3rd shift is no phone but you do get to learn alot cause you can bring the servers down if needed
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