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We just finished a migration from server 2003 with exchange 2003, to sbs2008. I cannot get owa working. IT says the site should be https://sites/owa. It works internally no problem.

How do i create a page just using http: instead of https: we do not have a certificate.

Also how do i configure the cisco router to forward the request to the new server? we have http forwarded but not https.
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by:Rob Williams
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You need a certificate with SBS 2008, but you can use the self signed one. It is generated when you run the "configure your internet address" wizard, and placed in \\SBSname\Public\Public downloads\Installcertificatepackage. It is automatically added to domain joined machines. SBS 2003 you could ignore the certificate.
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by:Rob Williams
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Forgot the second part of your question. The Cisco commands var from model to model and that question is best placed in the Cisco topic area but you need:
Port 25 SMTP e-mail
Port 443 SSL OWA, RWW, Sharepoint
Port 997 (was 4125 on SBS 2003) Sharepoint
Port 1723  PPTP VPN
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by:zwig2002
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once the ports are all forwarded, what would i put in my url to get there?

I use to use http://xxx.xxx.com/

should it be https://xxx.xxx.com/owa?
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by:Rob Williams
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https://xxx.xxx.com/owa
The default with SBS 2008 is:
https://remote.yourdomain.com/owa
You can also use remote web workplace and access OWA from there
https://remote.yourdomain.com
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by:Rob Williams
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The following outlines setting up internet access. The default "remote.yourdomain.com" is set unless you chage it under "advanced settings" in #7
http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2008/10/15/introducing-the-internet-address-management-wizard-part-1-of-3.aspx
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Also we completed the migration but the blue window continually pops up saying complete sbs 2008 migration. I am confused why it is popping up as we recieved the migration complete message origianlly. Is there another step?
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by:Rob Williams
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Not sure why that would keep popping up at this point. I would run the SBS 2008 BPA which should point out any problems or incomplete steps:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyId=86A1AA32-9814-484E-BD43-3E42AEC7F731&displaylang=en
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OKay, I got owa up and running thank you.

I cannot see "Connect to a computer" from the outside though. I can only see it from the inside why?
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by:LindsayCole
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You require the certificate and to be using Internet Explorer for Connect to a Computer to function.

Hope this helps.
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by:zwig2002
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what address should the certificate be created for?

we created one for email.mydomain.com already.

OWA works with that cert.
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The address to which you connect, your external DNS record (with your domain name registrar), and the certificate, all have to use the same name. You can use whatever you like. As mentioned the default is remote.mydomain.com
If you want to change that on the SBS (and the certificate) choose "advanced settings" in #7
http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2008/10/15/introducing-the-internet-address-management-wizard-part-1-of-3.aspx

To use "Connect to a computer", I assume in the remote web workplace page, the computers need to be joined to the domain using a web browser and http://connect.
If they could use RWW before, on SBS 2003, and you migrated they should be fine, but you will need to open the Windows SBS management console | Users and groups | Users | select a user name |  Remote access (check "user can access remote web workplace") |
In the same window select computers highlight the computer/s you want the user to access, select access level and check "can remotely access this computer"
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by:LindsayCole
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I always create my certificate for remote.domain.com.

Best practice is to not change that name.
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by:Rob Williams
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Most common reason to change it is if there is an existing external DNS record in place that is difficult to change. Otherwise I agree, use the default Three rules of SBS:
ALWAYS use the wizards
install all components whether you plan to use them or not
use defaults whenever possible.
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This question has been classified as abandoned and is being closed as part of the Cleanup Program. See my comment at the end of the question for more details.
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