Microsoft Outlook Web Access

Exchange Server 2003

Topic Last Modified: 2004-06-09

With Microsoft® Outlook™ Web Access, users can access data on a Microsoft® Exchange Server computer using an Internet browser (that supports frames and JavaScript) from a UNIX, Macintosh, or Microsoft® Windows®-based computer. Web Access provides Web-based public access to Microsoft Exchange Server public folders and the global address list. Authenticated users can log on to their personal accounts to read private e-mail and send messages. Using Web-based public folder access, an organization can build private and public discussion forums on the Internet and private intranets. Users can publish information on the Internet without having to manually convert documents to HTML format.

With an Internet browser, users specify the Uniform Resource Locator (URL) using HTTP to access the virtual root for the Microsoft Exchange Server computer. Then, after providing the proper logon credentials, they can access their mailbox and public folder data. Microsoft Exchange Server data is translated by Active Server Pages into HTML and transmitted to the browser using HTTP.

Browser access to Active Server Pages through HTTP is controlled through the Microsoft Exchange Administrator program. Access can be granted on a per-user basis or made available to any user through anonymous access.

Microsoft Outlook Web Access uses files of these types:

  • .asp files Contain Active Server Pages scripts.
  • .htm files HTML files that do not contain Active Server Pages scripts.
  • .gif files Graphic image files used to depict items such as screen titles, buttons, and icons.