Is there any way for Mac user to access public folders in OWA in Exchange 2007?
Posted on 2013-05-14
I migrated a small office (10) users from SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 and for the most part I had no problems. One user works remotely and insists on using Mac with Safari browser to access OWA on the new server. Three of the users are sharing calendars in a Public Folder, which was no problem for the Mac user on the Exchange 2003 Server with SBS 2003, but now with Exchange 2007 SP2 he still can't access the Public Folder in OWA - as he is limited to the "light" version.
After the migration this problem has come to light, nobody mentioned to me prior to the migration that they were accessing OWA from a Mac. Now that I'm searching on the internet for answers, it appears there is no fix for this. I am able to now find forum threads that indicate this has been a problem from the release of Ex. 2007.
So far I have tried FireFox on the Mac, and tried to use the plugin "IE Tab V2", which is a solution that works but only on a Windows PC (which doesn't make much sense, because a Windows PC would already have Internet Explorer that would allow the premium version of OWA.
I have also tried enabling the "Developer" option in Safari and selecting IE as the agent to view the OWA website. This works partially - when I log in to OWA I can see the Public Folders, but none of the links will work - folders, functions, etc. all just seem suspended.
Is there really no work-around for this after so many years? It is difficult to find all of the answers online, but I can't even seem to find out if the Mac user would be able to access the Public Folder if we upgraded to Exchange 2010 or 2013 - if anyone has a definite answer about that, please reply.
Thanks for any help, Rob