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Naming the OWA web site

Currently we access our external 2003 OWA this way https://servername/exchange when I would like it to be https://webmail.domain.name  Similarly we access owa from the back end for internal use and I want to change that from http://servername/exchange to http://webmail.domain.name
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ksearchCommented:
Have your ISP add a Host record in DNS for webmail.domain.com. That's the first step.  You'll also need to do a redirection to get rid of the /exchange. Check out http://www.amset.info/exchange/default-web.asp which has been posted as a solution here a few times, or do a quick search for OWA redirection and that will tell you how to get rid of the /exchange part.

For internal use, you can just add a Host record to your own dns servers for webmail.domain.com (and still do the redirection).  

hope that helps.
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tfgeorgeAuthor Commented:
Okay, thanks, but I am a little confused on the DNS side.  I already have my exchange server listed in DNS. Do I want to enter an A record with the name webmail with the same IP address as my exchange server?      
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ksearchCommented:
Yes.    remember -- DNS's job is to resolve fully qualified domain names to ip addresses. That's all it does, really. And it's ok to have several different fully qualified domain names for a single ip address--your server can have multiple dns records.  

You currently have an MX record for your exchange server. That tells the world it's for mail. You also have an A record for the server. When users enter in https://servername/exchange that host record is resolving servername to the ip address.  If you want folks to use webmai.domain.com then you need a host record for webmail.domain.com so web browsers know which ip address to go to.  Set it up internally first on your own internal DNS server and try it out. Then ask your ISP to update their DNS so it works for folks remotely.  

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tfgeorgeAuthor Commented:
Thanks.  It's now functioning the way I want it to.  

Note that I added an Alias (CNAME) record in DNS instead of an A record.  DNS would not allow me to add an a record under the same IP.  
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ksearchCommented:
that's great news! enjoy.
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