shirwa’s blog

June 8, 2008

Modify default Exchange 2003 OWA url.

Filed under: Exchange — shirwa @ 1:43 am

If you have a specific machine for Outlook Web Access, you may want users to go to instead of . This is a simple change to the default web site on the machine that is hosting OWA.

It is more effective when used with Exchange 2003/2007 and Forms Based Authentication, as the users get a web page immediately – and without any authentication prompts – providing a level of confirmation that they have hit the correct address.

1. Start IIS Manager
2. Right click on the “Default Web Site” and choose “Properties”.
3. Click on the “Home Directory” tab.
4. Change the first option to “A redirection to a URL”.
5. Enter “/exchange” in to the box (minus quotes)
6. Change the entry below to “A directory below URL entered”.
7. Click Apply/OK.
If you are prompted about changing child objects, click cancel so that nothing else is changed.
8. Close the IIS Manager.
9. Test.



  1. Hi,
    If I read this correct it will redirect all traffic to another webserver ? What if you only want the /exchange to be redirected ?

    Comment by martin — June 23, 2008 @ 8:12 am

  2. Hi

    This wont redirect all traffic to another webserver, it will redirect /exchange to

    Comment by shirwa — June 23, 2008 @ 11:34 am

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