Exchange 2003 Front-end Server and OWA

Posted on 2006-05-30
Last Modified: 2010-03-06
I have a single AD domain with 3 sites and a single post office. I set up a fourth exchange server at the primary site and set it as a AFront-end server. When I try to access OWA I get page not found. I can successfully access OWa directly from the back-end servers. I have installed SP1 for W2K3 Server and SP2 for Exchange. Mail works fine internally. Insight into this issue would be greatly appreciated.

Ed Nemes
Question by:genadian
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    Expert Comment

    so, you cannot access OWA from the outside/external/internet?
    what type of firewall are you running?


    Author Comment

    I am just trying to access it internally to test that it works. I have ISA 2K4 with SP2 installed. I had OWA successfully running with SSL to the primary server. However in that configuration,  I discovered that users in the 2 remote sites were unable to access their mailboxes. I did some research on microsoft technet and found that a FE was needed to facilitate access. I removed security on the primary server and disabled the OWA publishing rule. I then set-up the FE server and dismounted the stores. When I attempted to access OWA internally. I got the page not found error. System manager shows that the server is a member of the first admin group under Post Office. I am not sure why it does not work. I have not enabled SSL on the FE yet. The Error is "HTTP Error 404 - File or directory not found.
    Internet Information Services (IIS)"

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    Expert Comment


    Please check this MS Article:
    HTTP Error 404 - File or Directory not found" error message when you request dynamic content with IIS 6.0


    Author Comment

    I did. The ASP is set to Allowed already.


    Author Comment


    I managed to correct the issue with OWA loading on the FE server. I had to clear the Anonymous login checkboxes. Apparrently that allows for pass-through authentication which I do not want. I now get a prompt to login. I am able to successfully login, however the page loads incorrectly.

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