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Configuring the Front-End Server to Assume a Default Domain

 

Topic Last Modified: 2005-05-24

You can configure the front-end server to assume a default domain so that users do not need to remember their domain.

After replication is complete, users can log on with just their user name and password; no domain is required.

For detailed instructions about configuring a front-end server to assume a default domain, see How to Configure a Front-End Server to Assume a Default Domain.

For Exchange Server 2003, you can enable the new forms-based authentication feature for your Microsoft® Office Outlook® Web Access clients.

importantImportant:
In an Exchange 2003 front-end server and back-end server architecture, you must enable forms-based authentication on the front-end server.

Forms-based authentication allows an administrator to log users off after a certain period of inactivity. Exchange Server 2003 uses the following information to determine user activity

  • Interaction between the client and the server is considered to be activity. For example, if a user opens, sends, or saves an item; switches folders or modules, or refreshes the view or the Web browser window, this is considered to be activity.

  • If a user enters text in Outlook Web Access items, it is not considered to be activity. For example, if a user types in appointments, meeting requests, posts, contacts, tasks, or other items, this is not considered to be activity.

noteNote:
The Outlook Web Access premium version has special code so that typing in a message body is considered to be activity.
importantImportant:
You must enable Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) on the server before you enable forms-based authentication.
importantImportant:
Exchange Server 2003 forms-based authentication does not allow you to set the default domain setting in IIS to anything other than the default domain setting of \. This restriction is to support user logons that use the Unified Principle Name (UPN) format. If the default domain setting is changed, Exchange System Manager resets the default domain setting to "\" on the server. You can change this behavior by customizing the Logon.asp page in the Outlook Web Access virtual directory in IIS to specify your domain or to include a list of domain names.
noteNote:
If you customize the Logon.asp page in the Outlook Web Access virtual directory in IIS, your changes may be overwritten if you upgrade or re-install Exchange Server 2003.

For detailed instructions on configuring forms-based authentication, see How to Configure Forms-Based Authentication on Exchange Server 2003.

 
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