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Configuration of OWA on Exchange 2000 and Exchange 2003

Hi,

I have an Exchange 2000 Server with OWA setup and working.  I installed a second Exchange 2003 Server in the same Domain.  I would like to set OWA on the new server, test, make sure it is working, then move my mail boxes to the new server.
I created mailboxes on the new server but I am not able to access them locally via the OWA.  The HTTP virual Server seem is running, the IIS Services are running and all look Ok to me.

Can you have two instances of OWA on the two exhange servers running at the same time where you access each via a separate address? or do you have to shut down one (or redirect traffic som how)?

When I check the Properties of the Exchange Website under Websites in IIS, it is pointing to \\.\BackOfficeStorage\Domain.com\MBX and when I browse I do not see any mailboxes under MBX, But I do see all the mailboxes when I check the Exchange 2000 site under IIS on the Exchange 2000 Server.

What am I missing here?

I appreciate all the help on this.  Please send links to articles if you have any.

Thanks a lot....

Bill
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NetoMeter ScreencastsCommented:
Hi!
You can have OWA running on both of your servers.
Here are the default OWA settings in case you tried to change them and want to set them at the defaults:

http://www.netometer.net/video/tutorials/owa

You have to send a test e-mail to the newly created mailboxes in order to be able to see them or open them through OWA.

Dean
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marine7275Commented:
you should be able to get to the new exchange server by going to

https://servername/exchange

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bilalahaAuthor Commented:
The settings on the new exchange OWA are the default.  I verified that.  I never changed anything, I just compared to Exchange 2000 OWA (IIS) seetings.  I have sent and recieved mail from the test mail box so that should not be a problem.  I even logged on to a workstation with the test account so that the Calendar is created.

I tried to connect to it by using the server name, the ip address but niether is working.  I even restarted the IIS services but still do not see the test mail boxes under exchange.

What am I missing here?

Thanks ffor the help on this.

Bill
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Michael SCommented:
Check to make sure when you created the test mailboxes that you didn't accidentally create them on the 2000 server.

Next, try changing the port in IIS on the 2003 server to something other than 80, like 800 or 5000 or something different, then try to connect to 2003server:800/exchange and see if it pulls up.

Jay
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bilalahaAuthor Commented:
The new account/mailbox is on the new 2003 server.  I changed the ports but still not able to access.  

should be seeing the test mailboxes under the Exchange folder in IIS, I don't.   There is nothing under the Exchange folder and nothing under the public folder.

I checked all the services and they all running fine.  I also rebooted ther server several times and still can't see the users/test accounts.
 
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Michael SCommented:
When you pull up OWA, what does it look like?  2000 or 2003?
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bilalahaAuthor Commented:
It does not come up.  I get an error message that page can not be found.

Http://servername(or IP)/exchange/ gives me an error that I need to use ssl, which is correct since I have SSL enabled and I have a security certificate.

The page must be viewed over a secure channel
The page you are trying to access is secured with Secure Sockets Layer (SSL).
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Please try the following:
Type https:// at the beginning of the address you are attempting to reach and press ENTER.
HTTP Error 403.4 - Forbidden: SSL is required to view this resource.
Internet Information Services (IIS)
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https://servername (or IP)/excnage/

I get an error that page can not be found (Since there are no mail boxes)
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NetoMeter ScreencastsCommented:
Hi!
1. Are the IIS services running? What about the MS Exchange services? Can you put some simple page in the root of the default web site and try to open it?
2. You can reset the default virtual directories. It takes a couple of minutes and you don’t risk anything:
http://www.netometer.net/video/tutorials/owareset/
3. If resetting the virtual directories does not help check the IIS metabase for corruption:
http://www.netometer.net/video/tutorials/metabasesteps/

Dean


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Michael SCommented:
Since you added the 2003 server to the 2000 domain, the users probably are showing up in AD on both servers, I'm assuming.

When you go to ESM on the 2000 server, do you see the 2003 server listed as an email server?

Have you tried going to a user in AD and doing Exchange Tasks/Move Mailbox and try moving it to the 2003 server and see if it pulls up then?

Jay
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bilalahaAuthor Commented:
Jay,

In the ESM on 2000 and 2003, both servers are listed.  I have tried to move a mailbox from 2000 to 2003 and it is still not showing under the exchange folder in IIS on the 2003 server.  I checked all the IIS services on both machines and they both are running.

Thanks,

Bill
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Michael SCommented:
I think you may have totally hosed your 2000 mailboxes.  I was just trying to determine if the mailboxes were working on the 2003 machine, but since they're not working on both, I think we're looking at an Exchange reinstall.

One thing you might try (but I don't think it will work) is mounting the 2003 IS on the 2000 box and see if you see the mailboxes there.  Otherwise, I would dismount the 2003 store, exmerge the mailboxes on the 2000 server and back that data up, then try reinstalling Exchange on the 2003 box.

Exchange 2003 and 2000 are a bit different in how they interpret the domain structure.  That's why they always say to make certain and run dcdiag and netdiag during the installation process.

Try that and see if the mailboxes turn up.  The 2000 server shouldn't need to be changed or altered.

Jay
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bilalahaAuthor Commented:
Jay,

The OWA for the 2000 server is stil up and working and I do not have a problem with it at this point.  The Mailbox I moved was for an ex-employee.  I can move it back to 2000.  

Mounting the 2000 IS on the 2003,  I do not want do that since this means I have to shut down my production server (2000 Sever).  I doubt it would work anyway.
 
I am probably missing a switch or a basic configuration.  It should not be that complicated.  I am going to see if Microsoft has any information on this in thier knowledge base.  Do you know of any information that is out there?

Thanks,

Bill
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bilalahaAuthor Commented:
I can't seem to find any information relevant to this anywhere.  I will let it go for now.  I do not want to mess up my current server settings.

Thanks for all your help on this.
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