Use OWA Admin to administer Outlook Web Access

The new tool allows you to configure a myriad of options related to Outlook.

Microsoft has, somewhat quietly, released a web-based tool along with SP1 that allows you to configure a myriad of options related to Outlook Web Access. Appropriately named Outlook Web Access Web Administration, the utility allows you to change such OWA options as the maximum length of a signature, the way attachments are handled, the new mail notification interval, and more, and even allows you to restrict which features are a part of your users' OWA experience. For example, if, for some reason, your company doesn't want employees using the calendar via OWA, you can configure OWA so that this option is never even shown to users.

Using the tool, you can also apply themes to OWA that change the look and feel of OWA, although using this feature means that your users can no longer select their own look for OWA.

The Outlook Web Access Web Administration tool is available for download from and requires installation to a server running Windows 2000, XP or 2003. It also requires IIS with ASP.NET support enabled, and version 1.1 of the .NET Framework. Microsoft recommends against installing the tool directly to Exchange servers, and instead suggests that the tool is installed to an administrator's workstation or to a different server.

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