How to Configure Exchange 2003 Cluster to be SSL securced OWA

Posted on 2008-11-11
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
We have an exchange 2003 cluster environment behind a firewall and would like to configure OWA using SSL to allow OWA access as well as RPC over HTTPS. We have an SSL for the server when this was applied to the default website and the exchange virtual directory when the cluster node failed over to the second node this did not have any SSL changes.

The event entry generated was

Exchange HTTP Virtual Server Instance 100 (EXCHANGECLUSTER):
Failed to get the protocol IP address and port bindings from the metabase.

Reading on the web Microsoft recommends a front end server on the DMZ and leave the cluster alone. Financially I would not like the outlay for a new server to act as a front end.

Any recommendations would be appreciated
Question by:Surrenda-Link
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    Yes a front end server would be the right choice but i would not stick in a DMZ unless you were using something like IPSEC and even then i would not recommend it.

    So you applied the SSL to the failover?

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    I have not applied anything at the moment. Following the error I am apprehensive about continuing.  What I am looking for is confirmation if anyone has got owa working on a cluster using SSL and how and not having to outlay a front end server, os license and exchange license. I do not have any concerns over the security as I will lock down the ports and the services on the front end server if this had to be installed.

    Where does IPSEC come into your proposed answer
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    well if you have a FE in a DMZ it requires alot of ports to be opened creating the Cheese effect lol so what you would do is use something like IPSEC to wrap it all up into one.

    Just out of interest what SP is Exchange on that server
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