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If you don't want to let users access your Exchange server through the Web, you have to turn off the capability.

Outlook Web access
David Gabel

When you install Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server on your computers, you automatically install Outlook Web access as well. It's configured in the installation process too.

It's just possible, though, that you don't want that particular capability turned on.

If you have it turned on, then your users will be able to access your Exchange server to look at their mail, calendar, group scheduling and collaboration applications right through their Web browsers. This is great if you have a lot of workers who are on the road, such as traveling sales persons who spend minimal time in the home office, or perhaps field engineers who are forever at customer sites installing or upgrading product.

But what it your company doesn't have such a far-flung fleet of operatives? Then what? Well, you still have the Web access turned on by default once you install the Exchange 2000 Server. This might not be a good thing, depending on company policy and security paranoia.

The answer? Microsoft points out that to turn off the Web access feature of your Exchange server, you must stop the HTTP virtual server. This disables HTTP services on the computer that is hosting the Outlook Web access capability, effectively removing the server from the Web.

Microsoft has a long set of documentation on Exchange 2000 Server available on its site. The documentation includes a discussion of Outlook Web access and how to configure and manage it.

David Gabel is TechTarget's executive technology editor.

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