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Outlook Web Access (OWA) is one of the coolest features that just work straight out of the box in SBS 2003. In case you’ve been living in a cave along the Tex\ Mex border and don’t know about OWA, it’s a rich web page that allows you to check your Exchange-based mailbox. It’s popular with everyone on Planet Earth who uses SBS 2003. There is no server-side configuration required except:
· Using the user templates to assign a mailbox in the Add User Wizard. This will assign appropriate permissions to user accounts for OWA access.
Chapter 7 Configuring Windows Small Business Server 2003
• Running the CEICW and selecting Outlook Web Access under Allow access to only the following Web site services from the Internet on the Web Services Configuration page.
There is no configuration required on the remote client site (e.g., hotel business center). It is recommended that you use at least Internet Explorer (IE) 5.01 or later. Macintosh and UNIX operating systems and browsers are supported by OWA. For UNIX users, OWA is the primary solution for e-mail, calendar, and collaboration.
OWA comes in two versions:
Outlook Web Access Basic
Hey, if you are used to the old version of Outlook, it’s okay to use basic OWA, especially if you have a slow Internet connection. Basic OWA was designed to work in browsers that support HTML 3.2 and the European Computer Manufacturers Association (ECMA) script standards. It provides a subset of the features available in Outlook Web Access Premium that allow you to read and send messages as well as access some parts of your calendar and your contacts. If you are accessing OWA using Windows 98 or NT, Outlook 2003 will not install and you will have no choice but to use the basic version of OWA.
Outlook Web Access Premium
OWA premium has an enhanced user interface and several new features, including the new enhanced features for Exchange 2003. This includes a server-side spellchecker, Quick Flags, and Personal Tasks, allowing attachments to be opened from the reading pane, auto signatures, public folders displaying in their own window, two-line view, meeting requests that can be forwarded, access to GAL property sheets within an e-mail message, and numerous more improvements.
However, some of the features will not work unless you are using IE 6.0. If you log on to OWA through RWW, you automatically get the premium version of OWA. Or, if you have forms-based authentication enabled in your browser when you access OWA directly over the Internet, you will be given the choice of using either the premium or basic version, where premium is selected by default.
OWA is easily configured by running the CEICW (Connect E-mail and Internet Connection Wizard) and checking the Outlook Web Access checkbox on the Web Services Configuration screen. SBS will automatically make the web services available to host the OWA site and users with access permissions will be able to access OWA over the Internet.
IMPORTANT: In the SBS 2003 time frame, OWA now operates under HTTPS over Port 443 to create a more secure session. Contrast this with prior SBS releases when OWA could run over Port 80 (HTTP) with less security.
Harry Brelsford, CEO at SMB Nation
MBA, MCSE, CNE, CLSE, CNP, MCP, MCT, SBSC (Microsoft Small Business Specialist)