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Default Domain for OWA w/Front-End, Back-End environment?

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Hello everyone! I would like to configure a default domain for my Exchange 2k OWA clients so they do not have to enter the domain name each time they login. Im not really sure where to do this becuase we have an Exchange Front-End (where the clients connect via https for OWA) which I believe then proxies the Back-End. How do I go about modifying the config so users no longer need to specifiy the default domain?
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by:Sembee
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It doesn't matter that you are using frontend / backend - the process is still the same.

Go in to IIS Manager on the frontend server and look at the properties of the \exchange virtual directory. Within the authentication make sure that the default domain and default realm are set to your domain - they are probably just \ at the moment.

Simon.
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by:rrose987
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Where is the "realm" located? I went to the Exchange Virtual directory properties - Directory Security Tab then Anonymous Access and Authentication Control. The only check box that is enabled is Basic Authentication and when you hit edit it asks for the default domain. When I put our domain in and then open OWA it appears to work until you go to check a mail message. At that time you are asked to authenticate again:(
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by:Sembee
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I missed the Exchange 2000 part - that means it is Windows 2000 which doesn't have the realm.

You will still have to authenticate to OWA - you cannot get away from that. However you shouldn't need to enter the domain name when logging in.

Simon.
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by:rrose987
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It worked except for the fact that when you click log off in OWA it asks you to authenticate. Sorry for the long delay, I forgot the item was open:(
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Make sure that you have granted anonymous access to the /exchweb directory. This is where the logoff page is stored.

Simon.
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