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  • Blog Post: Client Connectivity in an Exchange 2013 Coexistence Environment

    This article is part 3 in a series that discusses namespace planning , load balancing principles , client connectivity, and certificate planning. Over the last several months, we have routinely fielded questions on how various clients connect to the infrastructure once Exchange 2013 is deployed. Our...
  • Blog Post: Common mailbox / folder sharing scenarios Guided Walkthroughs now available

    Exchange and Outlook have, for years, been great collaboration platforms, where our customers could share information easily with others. One of the things that came to light when a lot of our customers adopted Office 365 , is that many often have trouble matching their business needs to actual features...
  • Blog Post: XBOX OWA theme is back!

    A while ago we had a post on XBOX OWA theme. Eileen Brown posted a 8 minute blogcast on how to customize OWA themes and - the theme files are officially available for download now . Read the rest here ! Enjoy! - Nino Bilic
  • Blog Post: The New OWA Rocks Tablets and Phones!

    Last week, we shared information about The New Exchange . Today we’re delighted to share some of the exciting new developments in Outlook Web App (OWA). The primary purpose of OWA is to give Exchange users access to their mailboxes from anywhere through the same Outlook UI and functionality...
  • Blog Post: What does Exchange 2007 Availability Service do?

    The Exchange Server 2007 Availability service improves free/busy data access for information workers by providing secure, consistent, and up-to-date free/busy data to clients that are using Availability Web Service (like Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 or Exchange 2007 Outlook Web Access). Outlook 2007...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Outlook Web Access 2007 - new features in Beta 1

    Hi. I'm DJ Schwend, a product designer working on the OWA team here in Exchange. I've put together this overview of the best new features in our Beta 1 release. We've made huge strides to improve the online experience and our goal is to keep being the best web mail client in the world. The user interface...
  • Blog Post: Tips on Remote File Access in Exchange 2007

    EDIT 10/14/2009: Made a few readability improvements as well as added a section based on feedback . Traditionally, in order to access an internal share or site link posted within an email, one had to be connected to the company network. In addition, access to internal files was not available directly...
  • Blog Post: Overview of Exchange 2007 Outlook Web Access WebReady Document Viewing

    One of the biggest feature requests we had in Exchange 2003 OWA was a way to let users view attachments without having to save them to disk or open them in a locally-installed application. In Exchange 2007 OWA, we are introducing WebReady Document Viewing, which lets users do just that. WebReady Document...
  • Blog Post: Legacy client and Out of Office (OOF) interoperability

    Update / clarification 6/6/2008: The original information in this blog post was meant to let you know about some "gotchas" when you are using pre-Outlook 2007 clients with the new Exchange 2007 feature. However, after Exchange 2007 shipped we learned of one scenario where you can run into problems (duplicate...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2000/2003 Front End Server Logon Process

    Working in Support Services, I get to explain this subject a lot, so I thought I’d share it here too. This blog post will explain what the flow of the client access a BE server through a FE server looks like, including access to domain controllers that has to happen as part of this process. The illustration...
  • Blog Post: Introducing MailTips

    Have you ever sent a really well thought out, important email, only to find out (through an automatic response) that the recipient is on vacation for two weeks? For most of us, this means either waiting two weeks for a response or emailing an alternate contact. For the recipient, it means dealing with...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Outlook Live for schools - and cool new features for everyone

    We've put together a new video, sharing some of the cool new stuff you can expect to see with the next version of Exchange, code-named Exchange 14. Please take a few minutes to go watch it because, hey, we put a lot of work into it and it's no fun if you just skip the video and read only the text! ...
  • Blog Post: Introducing the Microsoft Exchange User Monitor (Exmon) tool

    EDIT 9/23/2009: We have updated the download link to the Exmon tool which now also works on Exchange 2007 as well as Exchange 2010 . I am pleased to announce that this month's Exchange Web release contains a tool that the Exchange performance, development, and operations teams at Microsoft have used...
  • Blog Post: iPhone 2.0; Welcome to Exchange!

    If you've not heard; Apple released iPhone 2.0 today which includes a software update to the existing iPhones in the market (yes, we mentioned it when it was announced as well). We're thrilled to add them to the family of Exchange ActiveSync licensees that enable all sorts of devices to connect to Exchange...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2010: Support for UPN credentials in OWA change password feature

    Last year when we released Exchange 2010 SP1, we posted about the change expired password feature in Outlook Web App and how you can enable it by creating the ChangeExpiredPasswordEnabled registry entry. See So you want to change your expired passwords in OWA... for details. Since then you've sent us...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2003 SP2 SMIME update released (KB 924334) - resolves compatibility with IE 7

    Scott Roberts posted about this update going live over on the WSUS Product Team Blog . Short version: An update that applies to the S/MIME control in Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 SP2 has been released to the download center . This update resolves a critical issue in the S/MIME control which can cause...
  • Blog Post: Host OWA in an iframe internationally

    Every so often I hear about an Outlook Web Access customer looking to host the viewer portion of OWA (without the navbar) inside an IFRAME. The URL of choice is often something like: /exchange/ /Inbox/?cmd=contents"> http://<server>/exchange/<user>/Inbox/?cmd=contents This works great...
  • Blog Post: How Exchange Server 2007 CAS Proxying works for Outlook Web Access (OWA)

    Continuing on my previous post , I wanted to go into explaining how Exchange Server 2007 CAS Proxying works for Outlook Web Access (OWA). Proxying for Outlook Web Access is used when there is only one Internet-facing CAS Server. In this scenario the will be proxied to the CAS server where his mailbox...
  • Blog Post: Web Part URLs supported by Exchange 2007 Outlook Web Access

    Web Part URL formats can be used to access Outlook Web Access web parts contents directly. Exchange Server 2007 OWA has a new URL format to be used for requests to the /owa virtual directory. Exchange Server 2007 will use this format when forwarding web part requests in the Exchange 2003 format to...
  • Blog Post: More fun with Logparser and Exchange logs

    Right now there is no easy way to tell who is using Entourage, RPC/HTTP (Outlook Anywhere), Exchange ActiveSync, or OWA with what frequency.  I have found Logparser to be very helpful in answering a lot of these questions.  The tool is a bit intimidating to get started but once you get the...
  • Blog Post: More OWA customization, anyone?

    Tosh Meston mentioned this on his blog a while ago, but as OWA customization subjects seem to be very popular, here it is: There are two relatively new TechNet articles out there that talk specifically about customizations of Exchange 2003 OWA in lots of detail: Creating and Deploying Outlook Web...
  • Blog Post: How to Configure Certificate Based Authentication for OWA - Part I

    Lately we have seen more interest in certificate based authentication with Exchange 2007 Outlook Web Access. Using certificates for authentication can be considered more secure because a user cannot gain access to the mailbox simply by knowing the user name and password. The certificate option prevents...
  • Blog Post: Maintaining ActiveSync access to Exchange 2003 mailboxes after deployment of Exchange Server 2007 CAS role

    EDIT: this post was edited on 9/25/2007 to clarify information related to the hotfix mentioned in KB 937031 . Thanks to Vanitha for the edit! As we mention in Exchange 2007 documentation , the first server role that should be upgraded when migrating to Exchange Server 2007 is the Client Access Server...
  • Blog Post: Video: Securely publishing Exchange 2003 OWA using ISA Server 2004

    Harold Wong recorded a short (16 minute) screencast to walk through the necessary steps to publish Exchange 2003 via Outlook Web Access (OWA) to the Internet (a single Exchange Server) using ISA 2004. Check it out here: http://msexchangeteam.com/videos/9/owamobility/entry427651.aspx - The Exchange...
  • Blog Post: Secure Messaging with S/MIME and OWA on Exchange Server 2007 SP1

    S/MIME support for Exchange Outlook Web Access (OWA) was introduced in Exchange 2003. In Exchange 2007 SP1, we are adding S/MIME support back and making it more reliable and powerful. Below, is a short introduction to S/MIME and simple end-to-end steps for how to use S/MIME with OWA on Exchange Server...