OWA Redirection

Posted on 2006-11-23
Last Modified: 2010-03-06
Hey all,

I am currently trying to set up a redirection for my owa users. I have tried several ms articles and a ton of links from this wonderfull site. Still can't get it cookin.

I am trying to allow my clients that type to be redirected to SSL is working. Forms based is enabled. If I type in everyhthing works great. When I type I get and error page cannot be displayed. Any help would be appreciated Thanks
Question by:TimMcGrath
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
  • 4
  • 3
LVL 20

Expert Comment

ID: 18003140

Author Comment

ID: 18003250

Thanks for the reply, this is one of the articles I followed to a "T" and still nothing. After I followed that article I got the page cannot be displayed and not the ssl required error.
LVL 104

Expert Comment

ID: 18004103
Not the answer you want to hear, but I don't bother with redirection.
What you should be looking at is blocking port 80 at the firewall. You don't want anonymous traffic coming in and attacking the site.
What I do when the client insists on being able to type (ie no /exchange and no https) is put something on to the public web site. Create a new directory called mail and then put a single html file in there that redirects to the https version of the link. So directs to
That means you can increase the security of the network by blocking port 80 and they get an easy to remember URL.

Independent Software Vendors: We Want Your Opinion

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!


Author Comment

ID: 18004232

I would agree with you 100% unfortunatly this is a large school district....staff have shortcuts created to on home computers...along with upper administration. I already recieved a huge backlash about the form based logon screen and the https address when I sent out notification about the change.

Any who.... can you clarify a bit for me, what would a add to the html file that would do the redirection?
LVL 104

Accepted Solution

Sembee earned 125 total points
ID: 18004252
If the server that has the web site is a Windows server, then this code is all that you need:

<% response.redirect "" %>

Save it as default.asp

If it is a Linux box, then you will need some php.

header( 'Location:' ) ;

Or you could do an old fashioned refresh, but those are blocked now and I don't tend to use them if I can avoid it.

<meta http-equiv="REFRESH" content="1; URL=">

I recently consulted a site with over 3000 remote users, we made the same change. An email went out stating that the old address would not work 48 hours later and then was simply cut. It is amazing how quickly users get used to it.

LVL 104

Expert Comment

ID: 18004262
Also don't forget that you are a school which makes you a target for some unpleasant people. Here in the UK I tell anyone from a school that they only have to mention one word as being part of the reason and they can do almost what they like. Four letters, starts with p, ends with o, has the letters e and d in the middle.


Author Comment

ID: 18004307

Thanks. I will give it a shot. Schools are a different beast. over here All they have to do is cry once, dangle their contract, and they get what they want!

Windows 2003 server. So I should create a mail folder under the wwwroot folder add the code  and  name it default.html

Author Comment

ID: 18008494

That worked perfect.....Port 80 is closed and all request now go to the https://


Featured Post

[Webinar] Code, Load, and Grow

Managing multiple websites, servers, applications, and security on a daily basis? Join us for a webinar on May 25th to learn how to simplify administration and management of virtual hosts for IT admins, create a secure environment, and deploy code more effectively and frequently.

Question has a verified solution.

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

Marketers need statistics and metrics like everybody else needs oxygen. In this article we explain how to enable marketing campaign statistics for Microsoft Exchange mail.
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…
This video discusses moving either the default database or any database to a new volume.

710 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