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Redirect OWA 2003 - HowTo

By quintar51 ·
Primary objective - I would like to know how to have users access mail by typing in webmail.domain.com instead of www.domain.com/exchange, which is how they access it right now.

Secondary objective - I would also like to implement SSL on it.

Background info:

I am using Windows Server 2003 standard, Exchange 2003 sp1, and IIS 6. All roles are on one machine. I currently have a CNAME record for www.domain.com, and I also have an MX record pointing to my mail server.

Thanks for the help!

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by Henrik Walther In reply to Redirect OWA 2003 - HowTo

For step by step instructions on how to implement SSL on your OWA site, you might want to checkout below article:

SSL Enabling OWA 2003 using your own Certificate Authority:
http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/SSL_Enabling_OWA_2003.html

For the redirect issue see:

555053 - How to redirect to a secure exchange virtual directory and enable Forms-based authentication:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;555053

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by quintar51 In reply to

Thanks for the help Henrik. The article for the SSL helped me a lot but the MS article is about how to redirect HTTP requests to HTTPS. That is not what I want. I want the user to type in webmail.domain.com to bring up OWA.

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by tcolgrove In reply to Redirect OWA 2003 - HowTo

As both articles state use a custom asp page to redirect the requests to the proper URL. For your purpose edit it to read: Set this as the default page for webmail.domain.com.
<%
If Request.ServerVariables("SERVER_PORT")=80 Then
Dim strSecureURL
strSecureURL = "https://www.domain.com/exchange"
Response.Redirect strSecureURL
End If
%>

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by TechKid In reply to Redirect OWA 2003 - HowTo

You should have at least given henrik partial credit.

anyways, create another cname record pointing to webmail.domain.com

create the webmail.domain.com web page on your server with the redirected code pointing to the exchange web directory

when users type in webmail.domain.com in their browser, they will hit the page and be redirected to your secure webmail site.

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