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How to change OWA address so I don't have to type /exchnage?

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Usually when I use OWA, I type http://mail.mydomain.com/exchange
Is it possible that just by typing http://mail.mydomain.com/ and I go to the login page?

I use ISA as my firewall. I am wondering I should do the configuration there...
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by:bevhost
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So you don't have a web page at the top level?
in IIS Manager right click on default web site and choose properties
Goto Home director Tab
Change to "A redirection to another URL"
Enter the http://whatever/exchange

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by:wuitsung
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Thank you for your reply. Are we suppose to have a top page within exchnage? I tried to type in hostname/exchange insdie my network, i got nothing there
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by:bevhost
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No you certainly don't have too and there isn't one by default.
You might put something there if you wanted to.
But it sounds like you didn't.
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by:bevhost
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You may need to use name.servername.local/exchange internally.
Of you may prefer to make the external name work internally.
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by:wuitsung
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By the way, after I enter into redirect to http://whatever/exchange, there is a window pop up asking for the inheritance overrides. Should I select all or just the specific folder or nothing?

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by:bevhost
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I just chose default.htm
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by:bevhost
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If your server has mor ethan one name or if you use the IP address then you should redirect to /exchange as " a directory below the URL entered"
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by:wuitsung
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By the way, I think I screwed up one thing.. Do you know what's the default Exadmin path? I think I changed it accidentally..
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by:bevhost
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\\.\BackOffice\Storage
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by:wuitsung
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I think it's \\.\BackOfficeStorage Not "\\.\BackOffice\Storage"

And here is the setting I did.. still not working.


ex.JPG
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by:wuitsung
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It show the Under Construction page

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by:bevhost
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You're right it is BackOfficeStorage with no slash,
sorry about that.
BTW, It doesn't redirect to that, it should come from...
"a folder located on this computer"
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by:bevhost
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try changing it to be redirected /exchange
and tick the boxes
a folder below the entered URL
permanent redirect
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by:wuitsung
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you mean in "Redirect to", just type in "/exchange" ?

I just did this... nto working.. Have you tried the same thing on your exchange? Is it working?
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by:wuitsung
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Did you chnage this only on the property of "Exchange" folder or the "Default web page" ? I just tried it on the "Exchange" folder .. still not working..

I tested using the http://exchnage_server.domain.local

also I tried the internet namespace http://exchnage_server.domain.com

I still get "Under Construction"...
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by:wuitsung
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same for trying the IP address of my exchnage server http://10.0.1.1 (My exchange server ip)
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by:bevhost
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You must redirect the Default Web Page, not the exchange page.
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by:bevhost
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Your exchange properties needs to point to

a folder on this computer
\\.\BackOfficeStorage\yourdomain.whatever\MBX
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by:prav007
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Step 1

On the Exchange server open up the Internet Service Manager In the Default Web Site Properties
choose a redirection to the URL

in the URL path type in "http:\\<your exchange server name>\exchange

Second option on the ISA box

Open up the Default Web site properties and try to do the same thing mentioned in step 1
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by:prav007
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Also in the future if you goof up your Exchange OWA/IIS folder paths refer to this article

http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Resetting-OWA-Folder-IIS-security-permissions-Exchange-2003.html
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by:vsganesh
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Hi wuitsung,

1) Create filename called "redirect.htm" using notepad and type "redirect" (without quote) in the content of the file and save the file in the "Default webstie root" folder. (c:\inetpub\wwwroot)

2) Go to IIS Manager -> Default website -> Look for the redirect.htm" file and goto properties of the file.
    - Choose "A redirection to a URL
    - Type /exchange under "Redirect to" and click ok

3) Go to properties of "Default website", select "documents" and click on "Add" button under the "Enable default content page".  Here type redirect.htm and make sure this page name (redirect.htm) is in the top/first and should be above Default.htm.

4) Restart the IIS

Thats all, now you try by FQDN, or IP address and you will be able to acces OWA with putting "/exchange"...
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by:vsganesh
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Thats all, now you try by FQDN, or IP address and you will be able to acces OWA without putting "/exchange"...
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by:wuitsung
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Thank you bevhost!! It's working now!!
But I am still not clear with the way you are doing..
1)When you type in "Redirect to a URL" -> /exchnage
Because you also checked the "A directory below URL entered".... Does this mean in the Inetpub\wwwroot ?  But Exchange files are not here.

2) What does a permanent redirection for this resource mean?
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by:bevhost
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1. /exchange is what you want added to the url that is typed in the browser.
2. permanent means that the change can be cached, ie not a temporary redirect.
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by:wuitsung
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it's cached to where? on the user's computer?

And if  I want to avoid typing https, is it the same mthod that I can use to accomplish?
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by:bevhost
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It would normally only be cached at a proxy server as far as I know.
You don't need to worry about the https.
The /exchange folder has content that redirects to https anyway.
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by:wuitsung
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Hi bevhost, I just installed SSL certificate. But when I type in my server name srv-1 in the address bar, it still ask me to type in https.
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