Outlook Anywhere

I have exchange server 2003 and OS is windows 2003.
Currently outlook clients are connected via local LAN and I have got users who needs to access outlook remotely.

Ho can I configure the same so that clients can send/receive mails remotely.
kurajeshSenior Systems AnalystAsked:
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You need to use either:

A VPN Connection - This will allow each device to connect to your mailserver via your external I.P address, you can use Outlook as normal
A RWW (Remote web workplace) connection which will allow you to connect to either any desktop PC/server and control those
Or use OWA (Outlook Web App) - If you have created a DNS zone for external mail you should be able to connect by going to this in a web browser, e.g mail.yourdomain.com/owa or by using your external I.P address

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Simon Butler (Sembee)ConsultantCommented:
You have the option of RPC over HTTPS.
On Exchange 2003 though this is a more complex setup.
I have an entire section to the process on my web site:

You have to make registry changes, ensure that you have a trusted SSL certificate and then configure the clients manually.

The information about OWA above isn't 100% correct. On Exchange 2003 the address for OWA (Outlook Web Access - Outlook Web App is the name on Exchange 2010 and higher) is https://host.example.com/exchange
RWW is only available if you are using SBS 2003.

If you have to support many remote users though, you should really upgrade both the OS and Exchange version. Exchange 2003 is no longer supported and Windows 2003 only has a few months to go. Therefore exposing either to the internet isn't a good idea from a network security point of view.
Outlook 2013 I believe doesn't even support Exchange 2003.

Leroy LuffHead of IT & DIgitalCommented:
Great article Simon.

I would also strongly suggest upgrading your software versions. This is a business risk and has to be addressed.

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kurajeshSenior Systems AnalystAuthor Commented:
The up gradation will take considerably more time.  Is there any other options as well to accomplish this.
Simon Butler (Sembee)ConsultantCommented:
You have been given the options available to you.
There aren't any others.

kurajeshSenior Systems AnalystAuthor Commented:
Done with VPN connection, thanks
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