Customizing Microsoft® Outlook® Web Access for Microsoft® Exchange 2007
What is the need to customize Microsoft Outlook Web Access for Microsoft Exchange 2007?
Microsoft Outlook Web Access is usually said to be a static service in Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. You can customize the Microsoft Outlook Web Access Server for making some changes in its configurations. You can possibly modify the theme of the server by customizing the built-in theme. You can make changes like changing fonts, modifying sign-on screen and creating custom header in the Microsoft Outlook Web Access. You could also need to customize it to make functional as well as security-based customizations for managing mobile and remote device users to access e-mail attachments. The customization is needed to have the Microsoft Outlook Web Access segmented to enable or disable various features. The segmentation was made possible in earlier editions of the Microsoft Exchange server, but only via obscure registry hacks or by using ADSI Edit. You can perform segmentation through GUI in the Microsoft Exchange 2007.
Here are some benefits of customizing Microsoft Outlook Web Access for Microsoft Exchange 2007:
- Improved user interface
- Remote mailbox access
- Software administration and Policy Definition
- Running multiple instances of OWA (Outlook Web Access)
Improved user interface
Improved user interface is the major benefit of customizing Microsoft Outlook Web Access for Microsoft Exchange 2007. The interface has been enhanced significantly. It has been added with more calendaring as well as address lookup functions. Searching capabilities have also been made flexible. You can open the user's mailbox directly from the Microsoft Outlook Web Access interface.
Remote mailbox access
Remote mailbox access is another major benefit of customizing the Microsoft Outlook Web Access for Microsoft Exchange 2007. It is widely demanded by users as workplaces are becoming more virtualized. The webmail service is a good way of making enterprise messaging applications available to remote workers. The Microsoft Outlook Web Access, when customized for Microsoft Exchange 2007, provides you with these webmail services.
The Microsoft Outlook Web Access, when customized for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, is installed directly on the Microsoft Exchange server and not in the client system. If your Microsoft Outlook Web Access front-end servers are used for providing client service, the Messageware software is installed only in those front-end servers. This feature makes the deployment faster as well as easier to use. It can provide fast performance even in a large organization with many Exchange servers.
Running multiple instances of the Microsoft Outlook web access is another benefit of customizing it for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. The Microsoft Outlook Web Access is actually a web application which could run in the top of IIS (Internet Information Services). The IIS is not aware of other instances of IIS which could be running in other servers on your network. By customizing the OWA with Microsoft Exchange, you could easily provide users with the URL which corresponds to the client access server which you want them to use.
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