XCCC: Outlook Web Access Does Not Show Contents of Inbox or Other Folders

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SYMPTOMS

When you try to use Microsoft Outlook Web Access (OWA) and Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 or later to view your e-mail messages on an Exchange 2000 Server-based computer, you may not be able to view the contents of your Inbox or other folders. Although this symptom occurs when you try to view your e-mail messages through the Internet, OWA works correctly when you use it in your network.

CAUSE

This behavior may occur if you try to connect to an Exchange 2000 Server-based computer that is protected by a firewall that does not recognize the Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) extensions to HTTP. OWA uses WebDAV to send commands to the Exchange 2000 Server-based computer. Because some program-level firewalls do not recognize the WebDAV extensions to HTTP, they may drop packets that contain these extensions. This prevents the OWA client from viewing the contents of the Inbox and other folders.

WORKAROUND

To work around this behavior, use one of the following methods.

Use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) for OWA

Microsoft recommends that you configure SSL for OWA. For additional information about how to configure SSL, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
299875 HOW TO: Implement SSL on a Windows 2000 IIS 5.0 Computer

Contact the Firewall Manufacturer

Contact the manufacturer of your firewall to inquire about the availability of a fix for this behavior. For information about how to contact your firewall manufacturer, click the appropriate article number in the following list to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
65416 Hardware and Software Third-Party Vendor Contact List, A-K

60781 Hardware and Software Third-Party Vendor Contact List, L-P

60782 Hardware and Software Third-Party Vendor Contact List, Q-Z

Use an Early Web Browser Version

Use an earlier version of Web browser such as Internet Explorer 3.x, 4.x, or NetScape Navigator 4.x that do not use the WebDAV extensions.

MORE INFORMATION

For additional information about how to configure SSL with OWA, click the article numbers below to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
299875 HOW TO: Implement SSL on a Windows 2000 IIS 5.0 Computer
257591 Description of the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Handshake
The third-party products that are discussed in this article are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding the performance or reliability of these products.

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Article ID: 328663 - Last Review: February 27, 2007 - Revision: 3.3
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Exchange 2000 Enterprise Server
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