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Alternative to Outlook Web Access

Please excuse my ignorance as I am new to Exchange but is there an alternative to OWA for people outside the LAN? I have inherited this Exchange system and many of the users have asked to have the ability to use Outlook remotely. Is there a way to connect to Exchange like I would connect to a POP server?
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tigermattCommented:
Sure. You can implement a feature known as RPC over HTTPS, which essentially allows the fully-featured Outlook program to remotely connect to Exchange as if it were local on the network. This is all performed over an ecnrypted tunnel, encapsulated in HTTPS. For more information and articles on configuration see http://www.amset.info/exchange/rpc-http.asp.

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CrazyStandCommented:
Outlook 2003 allows you to connect to your front end exchange servers though RPC.  This allows the Outlook client to work as if it is in the office through a standard internet connection.

Check out:
http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/outlookrpchttp.html

Now maybe I misunderstood your question in that you simply don't want to use OWA or Http/RPC.  If that is the case I don't have anything for you.
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kieran_bCommented:
I'd just like to make a mention, and don't take this personally CrazyStand as I know you didn't write that article, but the msexchange.org article was written in beta, and is wildly inaccurate - use the amset guide given.
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CrazyStandCommented:
Oh thats a good point.  Yea definitely the wrong information.  Hah even says Beta right in one of the screen shots.  If only I could edit out my link.
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kieran_bCommented:
Lol, I can edit the link out, but it doesn't matter

The main error in that page is that he states "you can't connect to rpc/http from outside the domain" which is rubbish
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clifford_m71Author Commented:
Thanks for your responses. The www.amset.info article seems to be what I am looking for. Again, I am new to this so is there a downside to implementing this? Security issues?

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tigermattCommented:
Provided you correctly implement your SSL certificate, the session is encrypted, just like if your users were to access over OWA or through a VPN. The connection between the server and the remote user won't be as fast as when the user is local - because it is limited to the slowest point in the network, which is probably your upload speed to the Internet.

Other than that, there aren't really any other issues.
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clifford_m71Author Commented:
Thanks for your help! Wish me luck.
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