Category: Terminal Services

So, you use OWA a lot, like me. I use it in and out of the office as my main email. It is so convenient, and much faster than running the program MS Outlook. Now if you are an admin, you know how to VPN and Remote Desktop to get access to files on the server. You can also use Sharepoints external access to get at Companyweb files. But why do all of this if you can have it all in OWA?

I will add file browsing capabilities to the entire Exchange Organization. Open up Exchange Management Console (EMC) and expand Server Configuration>Client Access. Click the OWA tab.

OWA Access

OWA Access


Right click it, and select Properties. Click Remote File Servers. You see several buttons. Block allows you to restrict locations from being accessed through OWA. Allow let’s you specify trusted locations to host file access. Unknown Servers should be left on Block.

Click Allow.

Now add your locations. for Sharepoint, I added http://companyweb

For the server, I added solaceserver.solace.local.

For my Workstation, I added C5.solace.local.

Make sure your resources are secured before adding them. I use least access rules, and only share out folders that are needed.

When you are done, click ok.

Remote File Server Allow List

Remote File Server Allow List

Now, log in to OWA.
In the bottom left hand corner, click Documents.
Documents Click Open Location. Type in http://companyweb.
Click add to favorites.
Click open location again.
Type in  the name of your workstation or file server.
Companyweb Favorite

Companyweb Favorite

 You now have access to companyweb files and computer files from within OWA anywhere. It adds some functionality such as right clicking on a file and sending to email, or displaying documents in a web page- useful for a computer without a word processor.
As a warning, I would suggest only enabling remote file serving if it is necessary. Do not enable server or computer access for convenience when VPN or Remote Desktop will work.


This blog is a simple list of changes I make to keep a Microsoft Small Business Server 2008 and accompanying network up and running. While I do not consider Microsoft, nor any of their software to be actually “stupid”, anyone who has ever worked on anything Microsoft certainly understand the ease with which a person can break their functionality. This is my specialty. Through out this blog I will document many system changes both custom and necessary out of the box changes. It will include OS, software, hardware, and workstation changes. These changes should and will encompass a wide variety of topics to include:

  • DNS
  • DHCP
  • Active Directory
  • Exchange 2007
  • WSUS
  • Windows Backup
  • WSS 3.0 on IIS 7.0
  • Sharepoint Customization
  • SQL Server Express 2005
  • Windows 7, Vista, and XP
  • Network peripherals such as printers, routers, and switches

    Not only will these posts document my troubleshoot and error correcting process, but they will provide links to other sites with answers, or useful posts on help forums. while I do not promise that any of these posts will be accurate, I can assure you that to the best of my ability I am solving common and complex errors that might affect any user of any Microsoft product.Please allow credit where credit is due. I publish references and links to this site as a means of spreading information, without intent to infringe or harm. Feel free to contact me with any problems.

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