Reply or forward from public folder using OWA

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I have a Windows 2003 with exchange 2003 sp2 installed. I recently found out that it is not possible to reply or forward mails from the public folder using OWA. A bit of googling lead me to the following where it is mentioned: http://searchexchange.techtarget.com/generic/0,295582,sid43_gci1256505,00.html# "By design, unless you are accessing OWA through a front-end server (and not directly via a back-end server), you will not be able to use the Reply, Reply All, or Forward functions for messages contained in public folders. While you'll be able to reply to and forward all messages in your mailbox regardless of how you access OWA, unless you go through an Exchange 2003 front-end server, you will not be able to take these actions for public folder messages." Is there any work around to this? Thanks

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SP2 adds security to certain tools like the OWA Spell checker as well. The best workaround is having the users login with DomainName\UserName. That should fix all of your issues.

For my environment, I used forms based authentication and added a few lines of code to login.asp so it would automatically add the domain name to the username field if the user forgot to put in the domain name.

This is what to changed in C:\Program Files\Exchsrvr\exchweb\bin\auth\usa\login.asp:

<pre>
ORIGINAL CODE:
<% If g_fIsMSIE5Rich Then %>
<BODY scroll=”AUTO” bgColor=”#3D5FA3” text=”#000000” leftMargin=0 topMargin=0>
<FORM action=”/exchweb/bin/auth/owaauth.dll” method=”POST” name=”logonForm” autocomplete=”off”>
<% Else %>
<BODY scroll=”AUTO” bgColor=”#FFFFFF” text=”#000000” onload=”window.document.logonForm.username.focus()”>
<FORM action=”/exchweb/bin/auth/owaauth.dll” method=”POST” name=”logonForm”>
</pre>
<pre>
MODIFIED CODE:
<BODY scroll=”AUTO” bgColor=”#3D5FA3” text=”#000000” leftMargin=0 topMargin=0>

<!–
<FORM action=”/exchweb/bin/auth/owaauth.dll” method=”POST” name=”logonForm” autocomplete=”off”>
–>

<script type=”text/javascript” language=”javascript”>
function logonForm_onsubmit() {
var userName=logonForm.username.value;
if (userName.indexOf(“@”) !=-1)
return true;
else if(userName.indexOf(“\”) !=-1)
return true;
else{
logonForm.username.value = “DOMAINNAME\” + userName;
return true;
}
}
</script>
<form action=”/exchweb/bin/auth/owaauth.dll” method=”POST” id=”logonForm” autocomplete=”off” onsubmit=”logonForm_onsubmit()”>
<% Else %>
<BODY scroll=”AUTO” bgColor=”#FFFFFF” text=”#000000” onload=”window.document.logonForm.username.focus()”>

<!–
<FORM action=”/exchweb/bin/auth/owaauth.dll” method=”POST” name=”logonForm”>
–>
<script type=”text/javascript” language=”javascript”>
function logonForm_onsubmit() {
var userName=logonForm.username.value;
if (userName.indexOf(“@”) !=-1)
return true;
else if(userName.indexOf(“\”) !=-1)
return true;
else{
logonForm.username.value = “DOMAINNAME\” + userName;
return true;
}
}
</script>
<form action=”/exchweb/bin/auth/owaauth.dll” method=”POST” id=”logonForm” autocomplete=”off” onsubmit=”logonForm_onsubmit()”>
</pre>

This will not work in multi-domain implementations unless one domain always logs in with the domain name first.

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  • Michael Morisy
    I actually faced this same problem, and never came up with a good solution beyond the clunkiest workarounds. Any other ideas greatly appreciated!
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  • Cyberslam
    Michael, do you mind sharing the clunkiest workarounds that you went through? Thanks
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  • Technochic
    Is there a problem with installing a front end server in your organization? I have not investigated it but what about as a vm?
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  • Cyberslam
    Mshen , even if i log in with domainnameusername i still don't get to see the reply and forward in the public folders of OWA. Any other suggestios?
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  • mshen
    Sorry. This was a workaround for another issue. I should read these questions more carefully.
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  • Cyberslam
    no problem Mshen! Technochic, instaling another server for this problem doesnt appear to be an option for us
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  • Cyberslam
    any other option guys? thanks
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  • Genderhayes
    You can use Outlook Web Access to create, delete, move, and copy public folders In the Navigation avigation Pane, click public folders to view the list of all public folders that are available to you To move a public folder, drag it to the location that you want to copy a public folder, hold down the ctrl key as you drag the folder to the location that you want. A plus sign will appear next to the pointer as you drag the copy
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