Can I get the forms based login page for Outlook Web Access with Forms Based Authentication Off?

Posted on 2012-08-26
Last Modified: 2012-09-04

Been fighting all day to get ActiveSync working on Exchange Server 2003 and finally it works just fine, but I had to turn off Forms Based Authentication among making some other changes.

Now users get a basic windows login box instead of the nice looking OWA webpage they are used to.  Functionality is not affected at all, but I would like to have both ActiveSync and OWA working as they should if possible.

We only have 1 Exchange Server, no Front End / Back End type of setup.

If not I'll just keep it this way...


Question by:mscalafasd
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    by:Simon Butler (Sembee)
    You need to follow MS KB 817379.
    If you have been making changes then reset the virtual directories first.

    THEN make the changes as outlined in

    The login page is forms based authentication, they aseparateeperate things.


    Author Comment

    I just reset all the virtual directories to get ActiveSync working, the last thing I did was disable Forms Based Authentication.   But now the login page for OWA will not come up unless I re-enable FBA.
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    Expert Comment

    Are you following the steps of Method 2 in the 2nd link that Sembee2 posted?  Go through all the steps 1 by 1 and you should be fine.
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    Accepted Solution

    If you want the web page login, then you have to enable forms based authentication.
    If you want to use FBA and ActiveSync then you have to follow 817379.
    That is all there is to it.


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