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Limit domain users' OWA access

Learn how to use the Exchange Task Wizard to limit domain users' access to Outlook Web Access.

I have IIS 5.0 on Windows Server 2000 using Outlook Web Access with Exchange 2000. I am new to this system and it looks like the security is not set up quite right. I want only certain domain users to have access to OWA but it seems that ALL domain users can log on.
In Exchange 2000 and Exchange Server 2003 you can use the Exchange Features tab on mailbox-enabled users to enable or disable Outlook Web Access and other Internet protocols. You can change this using the Exchange Task Wizard to apply these settings to multiple user accounts in Active Directory Users and Computers.

Here is a quick step by step:

  1. Open Active Directory User and Computers on a machine that has the Exchange Management Tools installed.

  2. Select the user accounts that you want to enable/disable Outlook Web Access for -- for multiple users hold down the CTRL or SHIFT key.

  3. Right click on one of the selected accounts and choose Exchange tasks.

  4. Click Next when the wizard appears.

  5. Choose Configure Exchange features and click Next.

  6. Select Outlook Web Access and either enable or disable it.

  7. Click Next and then click Finish.

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