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Trouble crawling Exchange Public Folder in SharePoint 2010

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I've recently moved some email archives to an exchange public folder and I'm trying to add a new Content Source in the SharePoint Search Engine Application. I keep running into errors when attempting to crawl the location. The latest error I'm getting is Access forbidden 403 errors. It generates a warning with Event ID 14 in the event log. I've added read access permissions for the default content access account and I'm still getting that error. I've followed the microsoft KB article on crawling Exchange 2010 public folders by logging into webmail and browsing to the folder I'm trying to crawl and then opening it in a new window and copying and pasting that URL but I'm still getting the errors. Any ideas?
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Try disabling the loopback check per http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971382

This is frequently the cause of crawling issues. BTW, Method 1 of specifying host names used to work, but I beilieve with new versions of Windows Server like 2008 you have to use Method 2 to completely disable the loopback check.
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Thanks for the feedback. I did have to disable loopback check earlier in the project in order to crawl content using a friendlier URL like portal.domain.com instead of the default server URL. Also this error is not giving me that "you may not have access with the default content access account" type error message like Sharepoint did before I disabled loopback check. So I must have something else buggered up.
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If you are using the web URL to try and crawl the exchange public folders and that web site is configured to use forms based authentication, then that is likely the problem. In that case you would probably need to configure an alternate URL in Exchange/IIS that is accessible via Windows Integrated authentication. I know that at least in SharePoint 2007 it did not support crawling web sites that required forms based authentication.
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