Is there a way to install OWA (merely the front-end) on a separate server to that running Exchange 2003 (such as one with Windows 2003 only and not exchange). We are experiencing performance issues with clients running outlook web access, which accesses the exchange machine in our office.
We have a 2mb leased line, and a sonic to sonic VPN to our other servers, hosted offsite in a datacentre with much better connectivity.
What I wanted to know if it was possible / advisable to do was to move some of the OWA components to our Web sever in the data centre and therefore hopefully resolve the performance issues. I suspect the performance issues are network related as our exchange server is brand new and quite hefty (2x2.8Ghz Xeon, 2Gb RAM, RAID 10). The specific issue we are having is that the login page takes ages (5-10+ seconds) to load, and thus is irritating our users who want to access services from offsite.
I have seen this:
For the most efficient deployment of the most users per server, it is recommended that Outlook Web Access is moved off the Exchange server and deployed separately on proxy servers, so that requests are forwarded to Exchange. Consider Outlook Web Access and Exchange as two different workloads.
But no indication of how to offload OWA only to a separate machine.