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Direct File Acces in OWA from Exchange 2010 w/SP1

I'm setting up an Windows 2008 R2 server running Exchange 2010 SP1.

In Exchange 2007 there was the feature to share documents through OWA (Direct File Access). This was originally removed in exchange 2010 RTM, but i believe i have read a few documents stating it has been added back in with SP1.

Unfortunately, I have Exchange 2010 SP1 installed, but cannot get the OWA to show the documents link (Yes i'm logging in as private, not public).

If someone can shed some direct light on this, that would be great, i'm seeing a lot of conflicting posts.

Thank you!
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Glen KnightCommented:
This feature has been removed from Exchange 2010.
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AkhaterCommented:
there is no direct file access in owa of exchange 2010 sp1
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MegaNuk3Commented:
Go into options-> about/help and make sure it is showing that you are using the Premium client and not basic/lite also ensure it is not showing that you are using the low vision experience...
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Glen KnightCommented:
It doesn't work, I have tried every which way I could to get this to work a while ago only to find out it has been depricated.  The options are there in the EMC but OWA just doesn't display them.
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AkhaterCommented:
there were "rumors" it might come back with SP1 but it didn't
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Neil RussellTechnical Development LeadCommented:
This was dropped in exchange 2010 RTM and was definately not reintroduced in SP1. I was discussing this only last week with one of our exchange MCT's and he has had it confirmed.
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Glen KnightCommented:
It's not likely to, Microsoft are pushing Sharepoint, the Direct File Access only provided read only access which is pretty useless.

I would be very suprised if we did see it back, maybe a plugin for OWA to link with a sharepoint library, now that would be good.
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Glen KnightCommented:
I would trust anything an MCT says, but yes, he is right :)
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StarfishTechAuthor Commented:
demazter...in your one response, you said the direct file access was read only? Are you referring to Exchange2007...thats a read only type of feature? Or is it like a normal access to where i can open and save the file?

The Client would like this feature, and i may downgrade to 2007 to get it
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Glen KnightCommented:
It's is read only, you cannot save files back or make changes to them, that's why MS stopped including support for it, it's pretty useless.
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StarfishTechAuthor Commented:
i agree...that is pretty useless...so...Sharepoint was mentioned...is there a way to integrate outlook/owa with sharepoint to give me similar functionality?
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Glen KnightCommented:
Not at the moment, although you can integrat OWA in to sharepoint to a fassion with webparts to display inbox and calendars which can be added on My Site.

There may also be some 3rd party apps.
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StarfishTechAuthor Commented:
So, basically i could have the user login to sharepoint, and through their mysite setup / default user setup / make it display their inbox and calendars?
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Glen KnightCommented:
yes but it's messy.
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StarfishTechAuthor Commented:
Thank you very much for all the help!
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Glen KnightCommented:
no worries, that's what we are here for.
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