Overview of Outlook Web Access
Applies to: Exchange Server 2007 SP3, Exchange Server 2007 SP2, Exchange Server 2007 SP1, Exchange Server 2007
Topic Last Modified: 2006-08-29
By default, when you install the Client Access server role on a computer that is running Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, you enable Microsoft Office Outlook Web Access. Outlook Web Access lets you access your Exchange 2007 mailbox from any Web browser.
Outlook Web Access has been redesigned for Exchange Server 2007 to create a new look, add new features, and improve usability. For more information about Outlook Web Access features, see Client Features in Outlook Web Access.
When you install the Client Access server role, four default virtual directories are created to enable access to content that is stored on Exchange servers by using a Web browser. Of the four virtual directories, the virtual directory named "owa" is used most frequently. For more information about Outlook Web Access virtual directories, see Managing Outlook Web Access Virtual Directories in Exchange 2007.
In Exchange 2007, the most common Outlook Web Access management tasks can be accomplished in the Exchange Management Console. All these tasks, and many other tasks, can be accomplished by using the Exchange Management Shell. You will still have to use tools such as Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager for some tasks, such as configuring Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) or setting up simple URLs for users.
For more information about how to manage Outlook Web Access, see the following topics