Windows 7 Home - Exchange 2003

Posted on 2011-05-02
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
My company just deployed 3 laptops with Windows 7 home. They connect back to corporate with a VPN, and connect to Exchange 2003. Now they have random connection issues with Exchange. It was always my understanding that Home edition does not connect with domain resources, also they are not using RPC/HTTPS.
1. Why is this working?
2. Is this supported?
3. Please point me to any microsoft documentation.

Question by:jcourssr
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    Accepted Solution

    You can use Windows home edition.  When you connect to Exchange then normally they will have to enter their domain username and password.

    Home edition can't join a domain but you can still try to connect to domain resources and it should popup the username/password box for authentication.

    For the connection issues, my usual fix for VPN issues is to use the HOSTS file on the PC for entries to Exchange.  I put both FQDN and NETBIOS names into the hosts file with the internal/private IP address.
    example:   exchange.local.domain    EXCHANGE

    just a guess.
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    Expert Comment

    you dont need to be in a domain network inorder for your outlook to work with exchange as long as you have the root certificate installed on the laptop ..

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