SBS 2003 exchange over HTTP

Posted on 2006-06-13
Last Modified: 2009-10-12
Hello again,

I am trying to configure exchange over http on sbs 2003.  I feel like I have tried everything but cannot get it to work.  Could ISA have anything to do with it?  I can't figure it out.  I am very frustrated.

Question by:hmcnasty
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions

Assisted Solution

technologyworks earned 150 total points
ID: 16899125
LVL 12

Accepted Solution

aa230002 earned 150 total points
ID: 16899176
For RPC over HTTP, you should be running Windows Server 2003 on the following computers:-
1. All Exchange Server 2003 servers that Microsoft Office Outlook® 2003 clients will access using RPC over HTTP, such as mailbox servers and public folder servers.
2. All Exchange Server 2003 front-end servers that act as RPC proxy servers.
3. All global catalog servers that Outlook 2003 clients and Exchange Server 2003 servers (that are configured to use RPC over HTTP) use

I am not sure if you can use RPC over HTTP with Small Business Server.

Please hv a look at this article ->
System Requirements for RPC over HTTP on Exchange Server 2003

Amit Aggarwal.
LVL 13

Expert Comment

ID: 16901997
You can use RPC over HTTP in SBS 2003.  In fact it is one of it's setup options.  SBS is one of the easier setups because of the autoinstaller.  
Are your AD admin tools letting you down?

Managing Active Directory can get complicated.  Often, the native tools for managing AD are just not up to the task.  The largest Active Directory installations in the world have relied on one tool to manage their day-to-day administration tasks: Hyena. Start your trial today.


Author Comment

ID: 16907834
In exchange manager under server properties what should the RPC -HTTP be set to.  mY only 2 choices are None and backend server. Middle one is grayed out.


Author Comment

ID: 16907950's where I get hung up.  I test the url and it works fine.  I get the log in box try it 3 times then I get the page that says:

You are not authorized to view this page. You do not have permission to view this directory or page due to the access control list (ACL) that is configured for this resource on the Web server.

HTTP Error 401.3 - Unauthorized: Access is denied due to an ACL set on the requested resource.

Internet Information Services (IIS)

Now the strange thing is that this is supposed to be what would be seen in a regular server 2003 environment not SBS 2003.  In SBS 2003 it should read:

The page cannot be displayed

HTTP Error 403.2 - Forbidden: Read access is denied.

Internet Information Services (IIS)

Anyway I assume that that part works.

Now when I test I get this:

The page cannot be displayed  
Explanation: The Web server connection was closed.


Try the following:

Refresh page: Search for the page again by clicking the Refresh button. The timeout may have occurred due to Internet congestion.
Check spelling: Check that you typed the Web page address correctly. The address may have been mistyped.
Access from a link: If there is a link to the page you are looking for, try accessing the page from that link.
Contact website: You may want to contact the website administrator to make sure the Web page still exists. You can do this by using the e-mail address or phone number listed on the website home page.


Technical Information (for support personnel)

Error Code 64: Host not available
Background: The connection to the Web server was lost.  

LVL 13

Assisted Solution

eatmeimadanish earned 200 total points
ID: 16911082
Look at the tutorials on this site.

There are two troubleshooting guides you will want to check out, plus a setup guide that walks through every step.  

Author Comment

ID: 16937375
I'm still trying to work this out.   I went through the tutorial and I noticed a few things but I'm not sire how to fix them.

When I go to Exchange-HTTP tab in the exchage server properties what should it be set to?  As most of you know there are 3 settings.  

My front end (middle)  selection is grayed out. (should it grayed out?)
So it's either nothing or backend server which doesn't make sense to me.

Any ideas?


Author Comment

ID: 17032229
Im gonna call MS .  I must have something pretty fouled up.  I've been through every inch of those tutorals.
Thank you for all of your help.

Featured Post

Free Tool: IP Lookup

Get more info about an IP address or domain name, such as organization, abuse contacts and geolocation.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Find out what you should include to make the best professional email signature for your organization.
Read this checklist to learn more about the 15 things you should never include in an email signature.
In this video we show how to create a Contact in Exchange 2013. We show this process by using the Exchange Admin Center. Log into Exchange Admin Center.: First we need to log into the Exchange Admin Center. Navigate to the Recipients >> Contact ta…
In this Micro Video tutorial you will learn the basics about Database Availability Groups and How to configure one using a live Exchange Server Environment. The video tutorial explains the basics of the Exchange server Database Availability grou…
Suggested Courses

630 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question