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  • Question

  • Did anyone experienced a situation with Exchange 2003 SP2, OWA is only accessible from the Exchange server itself via http://localhost/exchange  not by its local and external FQDN, IP Address or the NETBIOS name.

    Outlook MAPI is working perfect from clients

    Did removed and recreated all exchange folders using IIS resource kit as per Microsoft KB

    But no luck.

    Appreciate any thoughts

    Padman De Silva

    Friday, March 9, 2012 3:02 AM

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  • Padman,

    And is IIS accesible when browsing to the FQDN without the /exchange parameter? And what is the error you het when trying to access the page.



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    Friday, March 9, 2012 7:53 AM
  • Hi,

    Nope i get HTTP 403 Forbidden message when i try to access the server by IP and default site with out /exchange

    but i get IIS page if i try to access it by http://localhost


    Padman De Silva

    Friday, March 9, 2012 8:07 AM
  • It's possible that you have an IP address restriction (only allowing on the Default Web Site (or even just at the Exchange level) in IIS Manager.

    But it would help a lot to see the IIS log entries that are generated when you try to log into OWA.  There are about 20 different types of 403 response in IIS.

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    • Proposed as answer by Terence Yu Monday, March 12, 2012 1:46 AM
    Friday, March 9, 2012 3:00 PM
  • See the IP restriction, I've seen this when an IP of an Exchange 2003 server has been changed but somehow the restriction was not updated.  Even though you may not have changed the IP, check the restrictions.


    Friday, March 9, 2012 8:39 PM
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    Monday, March 12, 2012 1:47 AM