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How to implement OMA in server with only domain email, not website

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My customer has their domain-name website hosted outside the business (www.abc.com); but has a Small business server 2003 and uses Exchange to deal with email associated with the domain-name ( abc.com ).  This works OK.  Now I need to add OMA to the mix.  Because it needs a full domain name to setup to ( www.abc.com) and that can't work; my question surrounds wether to register another domain name like: www.abc.net or www.abc.mobi  and use that with outside SSL certificates to setup the server to.  A solution with step-by-step is preferred
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You don't need another domain name.

Your domain name is domain.com - not www.domain.com
The www bit is just a host in the domain domain.com
Therefore if you want SBS to have its own address to get SSL certificates etc for then simply create a new host of mail (for example) in the domain domain.com and give it your static IP address. Then you will have mail.domain.com
If you already have a host configured for MX records (so are not using the awful POP3 connector) then you can use that same host name - as long as it points to the SBS server.

Simon.
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So if I purchase an SSL certificate and point it to either domain.com or mail.domain.com it will work for OMA?  I can get OWA to work by using the https://ipaddress/exchange; but it has a certificate error (server generated certificate); but not OMA.
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I wouldn't point it to domain.com - create a host in your existing domain, it will make it easier for the users to remember. I have used mail, post, owa, extranet, remote etc in the past.

If OWA works, then OMA should work as well. EAS probably will not until you sort the certificates out.

Have you tested OMA inside?

Simon.
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Yes, using the existing, and working, mail.domain.com.  It (OMA) works good using a clients Q-phone.  However, although the OWA works also, it only works if you use mail.domain.com/exchange  and has a certificate error.  I recreated it within the SBS using the 'internet and mail' item from the ToDo list.  
That's why I wanted to get a proper certificate so it is error free.   Do you think that will fix my problem?
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You will always get a certificate error if you are generating the certificate with SBS because those are self generated certificates which are not trusted by anything else. You would need to purchase a certificate to deal with the trust issue.

The problem is getting a certificate which is trusted.
For Windows Mobile 5 or higher you could look at GoDaddy (http://www.certificatesforexchange.com) or InstantSSL (http://www.instantssl.com).
If you have devices running different OS then you will need to look at the root certificate list to see what they support.

Simon.
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