Get-OwaVirtualDirectory - The task was not able to connect to IIS on the server 'server.somewhere.com' Ensure that the server exists and is reachable. RPC Server is unavailable.

I just upgraded to Exchange 2007 SP3 (Windows 2003 R2 SP2). However, OWA is no longer working properly on 192.168.0.5 (setup prior to SP3, used for WAN external clients via firewall port forwarding) but it is working properly on 192.168.0.4 (Default Web Site, used for LAN clients). Basically, I want to create a new OwaVirtualDirectory for 192.168.0.5 (I'm assuming this is allowed).

Get-OwaVirtualDirectory - The task was not able to connect to IIS on the server 'server.somewhere.com' Ensure that the server exists and is reachable. RPC Server is unavailable.

Background: I have restarted IIS multiple times. After issuing get-owavirtualdirectory, I had about 6 entries, which (because I've had related problems since 2007 due to this, and on a suggestion from an MS Tech) I removed all existing entries with remove-owavirtualdirectory -identity "BLAH BLAH". Afterwards, the RPC error started appearing. Now if I issue a

New-OwaVirtualDirectory "SERVER1\Mobile," I get this:
The virtual directory 'owa' already exists under "server.somewhere.com/Default Web Site"

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endital1097Commented:
yes, #4
external url should be https://mobile.somewhere.com/Microsoft-Server-ActiveSync

rpc to the new site
get-outlookanywhere | set-outlookanywhere -name "Rpc (Mobile)"


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endital1097Commented:
get-owavirtualdirectory -server servername
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light-blueAuthor Commented:
Thank you endital1097. Should smartphone users have problems connecting after I issued these commands?

1. (via GUI) Created new IIS Virtual Directory called "Mobile"
2. Remove-ActiveSyncVirtualDirectory -identity "Microsoft-Server-ActiveSync (Clients)"
3. New-OwaVirtualDirectory -WebSiteName "Mobile"
4. New-ActiveSyncVirtualDirectory -WebsiteName "Mobile" -ExternalURL "https://mobile.somewhere.com"

Should I create an RPC too? Anything else?

Thanks!
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light-blueAuthor Commented:
I just executed your command above. Somehow thoug I still need to create the RPC virtual directory (see below). I can't seem to find the EMS command for that.


Test-OutlookWebServices | fl

Id      : 1013
Type    : Error
Message : When contacting https://mobile.somewhere.com/Rpc received the error The remote server returned an error: (404) Not Found.

Id      : 1017
Type    : Error
Message : [EXPR]-Error when contacting the RPC/HTTP service at https://mobile.somewhere.com/Rpc. The elapsed time was 250 milliseconds.
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endital1097Commented:
go into iis manager and make sure that the rpc vdir is present under the mobile site
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light-blueAuthor Commented:
Sorry, please ignore my last post. I had done this (RPC vdirs) before but had forgotten how (i.e., I did Save Configuration to a File for both vdirs and tried Outlook from WAN, which worked fine). Now I'm receiving success messages like below:

Id      : 1017
Type    : Success
Message : [EXPR]-Successfully contacted the RPC/HTTP service at https://mobile.somewhere.com/Rpc. The elapsed time was 62 milliseconds.

Should I try any other testing EMS commands (like Test-OutlookWebServices) to ensure iPhone / WAN Outlook connectivity?
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endital1097Commented:
this is the best place for extenal access testing
https://testexchangeconnectivity.com/
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light-blueAuthor Commented:
endital1097, thank you so much!
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