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How to Simplify the Outlook Web Access URL

 

Topic Last Modified: 2006-11-15

Users commonly request that a simpler URL for Outlook Web Access be made available for accessing their mailbox. This procedure configures a request sent to the root of the Web server (http://server/) to redirect to the Exchange virtual directory. For example, a request to https://mail/ is directed to https://mail/exchange/, which then triggers implicit logon.

Before you perform the procedures in this topic, it is important that you first read "How a Front-End and Back-End Topology Works" in the Exchange Server 2003 and Exchange 2000 Server Front-End and Back-End Server Topology Guide.

To successfully complete the procedures in this topic, confirm the following:

  • The front-end server has authentication enabled.

  1. Using the Internet Services Manager, open the properties for the Default Web Site.

  2. Click the Home Directory tab, and then select A redirection to a URL.

  3. In Redirect to, type /<directory name>, and then click A directory below URL entered. For example, to redirect https://mail/ requests to https://mail/exchange, in Redirect to, you would type /exchange.

If you want your users to use SSL to access their server, you can redirect client requests to https://mail/<directory name>. To require users to use SSL, In Redirect to, type https://mail/<directory name>, and then click A directory below URL entered. This setting hard codes the name of the server; therefore if you redirect client requests to https://mail, the client must be able to resolve the name mail.

noteNote:
Users still must enter the full URL, including username, to access other mailboxes or content in folders other than the inbox.

For more information about enabling authentication on the front-end server (also known as implicit logon), see "How a Front-End and Back-End Topology Works" in the Exchange Server 2003 and Exchange 2000 Server Front-End and Back-End Server Topology Guide.

 
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