Re: Exchange 2003 OWA front page

  • From: <paul_lemonidis@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "[ExchangeList]" <exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 26 Aug 2004 21:12:08 +0100

Hi Al

I have checked the permissions etc. and anonymous access is ticked as is basic 
authentication at what seems every possible place that it would be relavant. 
Sorry I should have answered that earlier

Yes the server is its own Enterprise Root CA and thus is SSL enabled. Yes 
http:FQDN is forcibly disabled and https works but you never get the Exchange 
2003 welcome page it just totally bypasses it?

Yes I did restart the services and have tried from multiple machines.

I followed the instructions in TechNet article 830827 relevant to forms based 
authentication but I must say that I am starting to doubt I have done all that 
is needed.It just seems to simple. Especially so since it appears not to work?

How exactly does that opening page work? Is it disabled by default? At the end 
of the day that is all I want and it really does just seem to overly 

Am I missing something here??

Many thanks in advance.


Paul Lemonidis.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Mulnick, Al 
  To: [ExchangeList] 
  Sent: Thursday, August 26, 2004 8:28 PM
  Subject: [exchangelist] Re: Exchange 2003 OWA front page

  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 


  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 https:\\externalservername\exchweb/bin/auth/owalogon.asp. 
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, Al 
    To: [ExchangeList] 
    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 

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