Re: Exchange 2003 OWA front page

  • From: "Mulnick, Al" <Al.Mulnick@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "'[ExchangeList]'" <exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 26 Aug 2004 15:28:00 -0400

I suppose a question I should have asked is what you mean by logon box.  Are
you referring to the pop-up box?  I'm assuming you are.
Couple of things to check that come to mind: 
1) Are facing a cache issue where the pages are cached?  
2) Do you have anonymous access to these pages enabled?  Can you get to a
non-Exchange page without credentials or are you set to allow authenticated
users only?
Forms based authentication requires SSL.  Should not work over
HTTP://FQDN_server_Name/exchange <http://FQDN_server_Name/exchange>  


From: Paul_Lemonidis@xxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:Paul_Lemonidis@xxxxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: Thursday, August 26, 2004 11:45 AM
To: [ExchangeList]
Subject: [exchangelist] Re: Exchange 2003 OWA front page

Hi Al
Here goes. I point to the MX record and append Exchange on the end. Thus I
type https:\\mailserver\\exchange. I did do a basic test
with HTTP against the box when it was freshly built and thinking about it
did not get the form then either. Just straight to a basic prompt. Also now
I come to think of it our live mail server has the same issue when you point
to http. I have not changed the live server at all of course. Thus it is not
a CA etc etc and thus I do not use OWA on it externally currently and
judging by yet another IIS nightmare I find myself in I may well steer clear
quite honestly. Anyway, I just very briefly opened up the live firewall up
for HTTP to the live Exchange box and tested for OWA connectivity and not
being aware of that page did not think anything of it not being there as I
had never seen it before. Today I saw someone elses box remotely and
discovered something was wrong as they do get the page.
That ASP page is located at Default Web Site, ExchWeb, Bin,
Auth,owalogon.asp in IIS which is at
<> . thats the
good news. However, thats the good news. The bad news is that if you try to
logn from there it just errors instantly. Going to
HTTPS:\\SERVERNAME\exchnage does work still but without the page ever being
Sorry but I am just totally baffled. I just wish it did not reflect every
other experience I have ever had with IIS.
Many thanks for your help in advance.
Paul Lemonidis.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Mulnick,  <mailto:Al.Mulnick@xxxxxxxxxx> Al 
To: [ExchangeList] <mailto:exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>  
Sent: Thursday, August 26, 2004 2:47 PM
Subject: [exchangelist] Re: Exchange 2003 OWA front page <> 

What are you using for the URL?  Sounds like your IIS config is not correct
if you get prompted prior to getting a web form.  To get to the form, you
need to have anonymous SSL access to that page.  From there, you would have
to authenticate.

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