How to configure Outlook Web Access in Exchange Server 2003?

I've been searching through this site (and others) for some kind of "step by step" instruction on how to set up and deploy Outlook Web Access.  I'm finding a lot of good "bits and pieces" but still looking for some detailed instructions.  Can anyone point me in the right direction?

Who is Participating?
SembeeConnect With a Mentor Commented:
No - you don't need another server.
OWA in Exchange 2003 is a completely different animal to 5.5. If you want to run OWA on a seperate machine in Exchange 2003 (the frontend / backend scenario) then you will need an additional Exchange 2003 Standard license.

There is nothing to deploy. It is installed by default with Exchange 2003.


However there are some things that you can do to make it more secure and userfriendly for the clients.

1. Get an SSL certificate for it. is where I usually get mine.
2. Give it a friendly URL. is the favorite (and the name on the certificate matches it).
3. Punch 443 through your firewall, with it forwarding to your Exchange server.
4. Enable Forms Based Authentication on the HTTP default server in ESM so that users get a nice GUI form to complete instead of the horrible Windows password box.

Thats it.

MauriceArneyAuthor Commented:
But doesn't it require another server running IIS?  In Exchange 5.5, I think you had to set up an IIS/OWA server on the front end.  Or was that optional?  
Problems using Powershell and Active Directory?

Managing Active Directory does not always have to be complicated.  If you are spending more time trying instead of doing, then it's time to look at something else. For nearly 20 years, AD admins around the world have used one tool for day-to-day AD management: Hyena. Discover why

BNettles73Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Just in case you wanted screenshots and an explanation

Implementing Outlook Web Access with Exchange Server 2003

This goes over security implementation for FBA etc ...

Forms Based Authentication

Simon stated the correct solution - by default OWA 2003 is installed with Exchange 2003 ... There are some other steps you need to take to enable the logon page working ...
MauriceArneyAuthor Commented:
Thank you both!  This information was a huge help!
Will the approach outlined by Sembee (Simon) above for Outlook Web Access in Exchange 2003 also work forOutlook Web Access in Exchange 2000 using SSL through the firewall?   i.e. no need for a front end server and only port 443 needs to be opened and forwarded?   Also, does Exchange 2000 have Forms Based Authentication?

This is a closed question and you should have asked a new question.

The response above will work for Exchange 2000 on a single server.
No FBA on Exchange 2000 though.

You can also use a Reverse Proxy to be in your DMZ that will forword all the traffic to your OWA server (just a bit more secure) I used Linux as the reverse proxy server.
Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.

All Courses

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.