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Exchange 2010 UNC Share (Documents) Access in OWA

Looks like the feature introduced in Exchange 2007 whereby - documents in file shares on the network local to the exchange server can be accessed (read-only) via the documents interface in OWA - is available in 2010.  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb430754(EXCHG.140).aspx

However the OWA 2010 interface does not include the documents section that OWA 2007 did so despite the EMC 2010 having the options to enable and configure this, there does not appear to be any way to access it through the interface in OWA 2010.

Has anybody seen if there is a way to enable the interface?

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denizpilp
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farazhkhanCommented:
Hi,

This feature has been taken off from Exchange 2010. Check this: http://weblog.bassq.nl/index.php/owa-exchange-2010-direct-windows-file-share-acces-and-sharepoint-sites-discontinued/

Regards,
Faraz H. Khan
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denizpilpAuthor Commented:
I have already seen this and didnt want to believe as it is not a microsoft webpage. Why do we still have all the related configuration options in EMC 2010 then? allowed servers in public, private computers, etc...

If it is really discontinued, what is the replacement way of providing this functionality to the users?

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Glen KnightCommented:
It does work in 2010 and i have a client using it.

As far as i remember the configuration is exactly the same as 2007 but i can check for sure tomorrow, see here: http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Drilldown-OWA-Direct-File-Access-Exchange-Server-2007-Part1.html
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denizpilpAuthor Commented:
That would be great, thank you very much.
Please see the 2 screenshots I uploaded. So confusing... screenshot1 says discontunied and screenshot2 is my OWA2010.

I have done all settings in EMC 2010 like I did before in EMC 2007, then realised there is no "Documents" link and now I have to find a way to be able to justify the cost of the 2010 upgrade :(

Looking forward to hearing from you tomorrow...
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farazhkhanCommented:
Hi,

Hmmm, yes, Windows file share integration provides access to documents Windows file shares. The feature isn't available in the light version of Outlook Web App.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa998629.aspx

So it means this is the problem of OWA version!

Regards,
Faraz H. Khan
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farazhkhanCommented:
Hi,

I think this should help you to enalble file sharing in OWA:
Configure Windows SharePoint Services and Windows File Share Integration for Outlook Web App
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa998576.aspx

Regards,
Faraz H. Khan
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Glen KnightCommented:
I will give you step by step with screenshots in about an hour.
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Glen KnightCommented:
Interesting, it does appear that even though the EMC will allow you to configure it it does not work.
Even more interestingly is my customer has never complained that it isn't working :-0

See here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa998911.aspx#Disc2007to2010

Afraid it is discontinued.
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