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How do i access network share documents through OWA

Posted on 2010-11-22
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How do i access network share documents through OWA (outlook web access) ?
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by:GandalphWizard
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OWA is not designed to access network resources. For that you should either use RDP or VPN or both.
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by:dmessman
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Gandalph is correct.  OWA is an interface for email only.  I'm not sure what version of SBS you're on, but you can use the remote web workplace to connect to LAN computers to access documents remotely.

For SBS 2003, it's https://sub.domain.com/remote

For SBS 2008, the default is https://remote.domainname.com

Log in and choose connect to a computer and log in again.  There's really no option for accessing files via OWA.
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by:MegaNuk3
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Exchange 2007 and above allow accessing of files through OWA
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by:MegaNuk3
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So if you are using SBS 2008 you should be fine.
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by:resolver1
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yeap we are using sbs 2008.  Ill take a look at the article tomorrow.  Thanks.
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by:resolver1
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ive read the instructions and setup exchange. however, the article " http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Drilldown-OWA-Direct-File-Access-Exchange-Server-2007-Part2.html " says that i need the Premium client in order for the feature to work.  Which client is the writer referring to? I have sbs 2008 standard.  Do i get this feature?

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by:MegaNuk3
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When you open OWA you should see the option to select if you are using a public or private computer and if you want to use OWA light or the Premium version. Do you see those options?
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by:MegaNuk3
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Just don't tick the "use OWA light" box and you should get the documents option after you have logged in
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by:resolver1
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I selected private and no tick in OWA light, then logged in.  No option for documents.  Any ideas?
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Direct file access feature is enabled.  I've left the default options for allow and block extentions.  I've also added the server with the shares (the only sbs server).

I've also restarted the exchange and iis services: see below.

net stop msexchangeadtopology
net stop msftesql-exchange
net stop msexchangeis
net stop msexchangesa
net stop iisadmin
net start msexchangeadtopology
net start msftesql-exchange
net start msexchangeis
net start msexchangesa
net start iisadmin
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by:MegaNuk3
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Log into owa--> options-->about
Is the "OWA experience" = Premium?
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by:resolver1
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no it says "Outlook Web Access experience: Basic ".  how do i login with a premium?

Mailbox owner: user name [user.name@companyname.co.uk]
User-Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 6.1; Trident/4.0; SLCC2; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.5.30729; .NET CLR 3.0.30729; Media Center PC 6.0; .NET4.0C; MS-RTC LM 8; .NET4.0E)
Outlook Web Access experience: Basic
User language: English (United Kingdom)
User time zone: (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time : Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London
Exchange mailbox address: /o=First Organization/ou=Exchange Administrative Group (FYDIBOHF23SPDLT)/cn=Recipients/cn=user.name
Outlook Web Access host address: https://remote.companyname.co.uk/owa 
Outlook Web Access version: 8.3.106.1
Outlook Web Access host name: remote.companyname.co.uk
Client Access server name: servername.tbh.local
Exchange Client Access server .NET Framework version: 2.0.50727.4206
Client Access server operating system version: Microsoft Windows NT 6.0.6002 Service Pack 2
Client Access server operating system language: en-US
Microsoft Exchange Client Access server version: 8.3.83.0
Client Access server language: en-US
Client Access server time zone: GMT Standard Time
Microsoft Exchange Client Access server platform: 64bit
Mailbox server name: servername.tbh.local
Mailbox server Microsoft Exchange version: 8.3.83.0
Other Microsoft Exchange server roles currently installed on the Client Access server: Mailbox, Hub Transport
Authentication type associated with this Outlook Web Access session: Basic
Public logon: No
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by:MegaNuk3
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OK, just tried it on my SBS2008 and I can see the Documents folder through OWA straight away.
Do have a look at this
EMC-->Server config-->Client Access-->Outlook Web Access-->Properties on OWA(SBS)-->Segmentation tab--> Is ' Premium Client' Enabled?

If not, Enable it and you should see the 'Documents' button the next time you log into OWA.
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by:resolver1
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it says enabled. any more ideas. i can feel we're getting close.  thanks for your help so far.
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by:MegaNuk3
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Try
Get-casmailbox "yourmailbox" | fl displayname, owapremiumclientenabled

Does it say FALSE or is it empty? Try setting it to true
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by:resolver1
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Thanks.

[PS] C:\Windows\system32>Get-casmailbox "user.name" | fl displayname, owapremiu
mclientenabled


DisplayName             : user name
OWAPremiumClientEnabled :

No option there.  I've looked in the mailbox properties cant see any option for enabling premium version.  
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by:MegaNuk3
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Set it to true
Set-casmailbox "your mailbox" -owapremiumclientenabled $true
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by:resolver1
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ran the PS command and now get the following:

DisplayName             : user name
OWAPremiumClientEnabled : True

However, i still cant see the documents on the left hand side.  IVe attached a screen shot and checked the setting again : Outlook Web Access experience: Basic .  I made sure i was not ticking the basic on the logon screen.  I am using internet explorer to view the OWA. Any more ideas?

 OWA screen shot without document
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by:resolver1
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thanks for your help so far. its appreciated.
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by:MegaNuk3
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Log into OWA and then do Options -->Accessibility
Is the "use the blind and low vision experience" option ticked?
Untick it if so, then click "Save" and then "Log Off" and then log back in and the Documents button should be visible.
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by:resolver1
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Thanks for your patience.  We're getting closer.  We now have the premium !

Outlook Web Access experience: Premium

However, no documents.  Any more ideas?

 OWA screen shot premium without documents
Mailbox owner: user name [user.name@name.co.uk]
User-Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 6.1; Trident/4.0; SLCC2; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.5.30729; .NET CLR 3.0.30729; Media Center PC 6.0; .NET4.0C; MS-RTC LM 8; .NET4.0E)
Outlook Web Access experience: Premium
User language: English (United Kingdom)
User time zone: (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time : Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London
Exchange mailbox address: /o=First Organization/ou=Exchange Administrative Group (FYDIBOHF23SPDLT)/cn=Recipients/cn=user.name
Outlook Web Access host address: https://remote.name.co.uk/owa
Outlook Web Access version: 8.3.106.1
Outlook Web Access host name: remote.name.co.uk
Client Access server name: TBHSERVER.tbh.local
Exchange Client Access server .NET Framework version: 2.0.50727.4206
Client Access server operating system version: Microsoft Windows NT 6.0.6002 Service Pack 2
Client Access server operating system language: en-US
Microsoft Exchange Client Access server version: 8.3.83.0
Client Access server language: en-US
Client Access server time zone: GMT Standard Time
Microsoft Exchange Client Access server platform: 64bit
Mailbox server name: TBHSERVER.tbh.local
Mailbox server Microsoft Exchange version: 8.3.83.0
Other Microsoft Exchange server roles currently installed on the Client Access server: Mailbox, Hub Transport
Authentication type associated with this Outlook Web Access session: Basic
Public logon: No
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by:MegaNuk3
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Hmmm, the problem here is the annoying fact that as soon as you set one OWA option to True (like we did with OwaPremiumClientEnabled) it sets all the others from <not set> to false. So it turns off all the other Outlook options, like Calendar etc. You can set them 1 by 1 to True or use set-qaduser to change the all to true or <not set> in one go
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by:MegaNuk3
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The easiest way to reset it is to find the mailbox with ADSIEDIT and clear the msExchMailboxFolderSet attribute

Then login with OWA and the Documents option should be visible
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by:resolver1
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That works a treat.  Although i used the advanced attribute editor to clear the param.  Thanks alot for all your time/effort MegaNuk.  I would have never found the answer to this question!
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by:resolver1
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Thanks again MeageNuke.
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by:MegaNuk3
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No problem, I learnt quite a bit too with this one.
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by:resolver1
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strange thats in this state in the first place.  your would have thought each of the paremeters would be correct
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by:MegaNuk3
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Have you checked other mailboxes to see if the "low vision experience" is ticked?
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by:resolver1
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No, not yet.  I'm not at that part of the project yet. ill check it out and post back.
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