Exchange Server and Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS)

Learn to install, configure and secure Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) for Exchange Server email communications with these tips, tools, and tutorials.

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Because Exchange Server depends on Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) to connect over the Web, IIS must be running properly to keep email communication flowing. Enhance your IIS administration skills with the tips, tools, and tutorials in this learning center. Learn how to install, configure and secure IIS, create and repair Exchange-related IIS virtual directories, troubleshoot IIS-related OWA and authentication problems, perform IIS diagnostics and logging, and much more.

TIPS

Recreating IIS virtual directories for OWA, OMA and Exchange ActiveSync
Exchange Server 2003 uses virtual directories in Internet Information Services (IIS) for a number of Microsoft Exchange services -- mainly, Outlook Web Access (OWA), Outlook Mobile Access (OMA) and Exchange ActiveSync. Learn three different ways you can recreate these IIS virtual directories if they become damaged or corrupted.

IIS 6 file corruption flaw impairs Outlook Web Access
Internet Information Services (IIS) 6.0 running on Windows Server 2003 (pre-SP1) can throw errors when attempting to load Outlook Web Access (OWA) because of file corruption in the compressed files directory. Learn a workaround for this problem.

Symantec Mail Security for Microsoft Exchange crashes IIS
Symantec Mail Security for Microsoft Exchange can cause Internet Information Services (IIS) to crash unexpectedly. Find out how the problem manifests and how you can fix it.

Exchange Server and IIS domain name changes
Changes to Exchange Server can influence Internet Information Server (IIS) behavior and vice versa because of their co-dependent relationship. One potentially troublesome interaction between Exchange Server and IIS involves domain name changes.

Exchange Server diagnostics: Digging into IIS logs
Discover how to access and customize Internet Information Services logs to monitor aspects of your Exchange Server environment.

TUTORIALS

Step-by-Step Guide: How to repair Exchange-related IIS virtual directories
Exchange Server depends on Internet Information Server (IIS) virtual directories for a number of functions related to Outlook Web Access, Outlook Mobile Access and ActiveSync. IIS virtual directories are generally stable, but can become corrupted by inappropriate administrative action. This tutorial provides step-by-step instructions on how to repair them if they are damaged.

Internet Information Services security resource guide
Internet Information Services still may not be the most secure Web server on the market, but with some careful configurations you can lock down IIS against most attacks. Learn how to secure IIS and its many related services in this security journal.

Troubleshooting IIS-related OWA problems
Learn about Outlook Web Access (OWA) symptoms that point to potential IIS configuration issues and how to resolve them.

Remove and reinstall IIS on a computer that is running Exchange Server 
Find out how to remove and reinstall Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) on a computer that is running Exchange 2000, Exchange 2003, or Exchange 2007.

Microsoft Internet Information Services 6.0 upgrade advice
This Microsoft administrative guide provides technical assistance for managing Internet Information Services 6.0 securely and productively.

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TOOLS AND EXPERT ADVICE

Microsoft Internet Information Services diagnostic tools
Learn more about the diagnostic tools available for Internet Information Services (IIS), including the new IIS Diagnostics Toolkit, a single download that includes all of the IIS diagnostic tools.

Remotely administer IIS with HTML tool
Administration on the internal network through the IIS console had once been the only option. Now, administrators can manage most aspects of Internet Information Server (IIS) from remote locations by using the Remote Administration (HTML) tool.

Configuring IIS to authenticate OWA users
Internet Information Services (IIS) must be configured to authenticate users before they can log onto Outlook Web Access. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to set it up.

This was first published in September 2007

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