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Securing Exchange Web interface  https://Ipaddress/exchange

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We are currently utilizing firewall/Router option to open specific ports on our company’s public IP address for accessing Exchange web interface.

So all of the followings are working well:

https://ntserver/exchange (server name)

http://192.168.21.10/exchange  (private)

or

http://67.61.18.12/exchange/   (public)

I am just thinking about the security issues concerning having exchange server web interface on public address. I mean vbscript permission (script sources access/script and executables/ directory access) or any other security best practice in my scenario.

Currently I have everything setup as windows integrated authentication. I am looking for a good advise.

Thanks

Faruqi
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you don't have the exchange interface on a public IP, you simply opened port 443 back to your exchange server. totally different. Set the authentication up as basic, then force the SSL for the Outlook Web Access connection.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;279681

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by:JasonBigham
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Setup a certificate and require VPN connections. This can be done for free.
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Thanks Kidego
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by:David Wilhoit
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you got it, check the other question as well, I think you can go a different way with it. :)


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>>you don't have the exchange interface on a public IP, you simply opened port 443 back to your exchange server. totally different.

If you can explain this to me. Port 443? is it for SSL  https://. Because I have open port 80 in Routing tabel (Public IP Address  translate to my NTserver Address 192.168.39.10)

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yes, you're on track, 443 is SSL. Open 443 if you haven't already, cause that's it's natural port. SSL from the outside won't work unless you specify the connection trhu your firewall.

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