UNDERSTANDING OWA 2003 817 Figure 21.8 Home Directory

UNDERSTANDING OWA 2003 817 Figure 21.8 Home Directory property page of the Redirect Virtual Web Server Redirecting Exchange 5.5 OWA Users I read this really useful tip from the SWINC Exchange 2003 FAQ at www.swinc.com/resource/ exchange/ and was immediately relieved that apparently others had felt my pain. While this is a minor annoyance for the IT department, a couple of hundred users calling the help desk will make it seem major. Users tend to add the OWA server URL to their favorites or use it from their autocomplete cache in their history. The problem is that the default URL for Exchange 5.5 was something like https://owa.somorita.com/exchange/logon.asp. When the OWA server is upgraded to OWA 2003, this URL will no longer function correctly. A simple of trick of the IIS administrator, a new virtual directory, and redirection will fix this minor annoyance. Using Internet Information Services Manager console, create a new virtual directory on the / Exchange virtual directory. When created, configure it to redirect to the /Exchange virtual directory just like shown in Figure 21.8. When anyone connects to this URL, they will be automagically directed to the correct URL. Understanding the OWA Spell Checker One of the most requested features for Outlook Web Access was a spell checker; this feature has finally been included with Exchange 2003. The spell checker has been implemented as a server-side process rather than a client-side process. This is mostly because there would be considerable network overhead downloading the OWA dictionary whenever a spell-checking operation had to be done. So instead, when you click the spell-check button on the message toolbar (this is the button with the little ABC and small check mark), the client sends the entire message to the server, and the server performs the spell check and returns the suggested changes. TIP Spell checking is available only using the premium OWA client interface. The user must also select their default language the first time they use the spell checker; this is stored in their OWA preferences on the Exchange server and can be changed on the Options property page. Figure 21.9 shows the spell-checker dialog box after the server has checked the message and returned suggested changes for misspelled words.

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