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Connect to Exchange using Outlook Anywhere

Connect to Exchange using Outlook Anywhere
Learn how to connect to your Work Exchange email using Outlook Anywhere.

In my last article I spoke about creating a second Outlook profile to connect to Exchange over a VPN. Not everyone has access to a VPN though so is there any other way to use Outlook for work emails at home instead of Outlook Web Access (OWA)?

The answer is yes. You can connect Outlook to Exchange using the OWA address. This used to be known as RPC over HTTP/S but is now known as Outlook Anywhere.

If you still want to be able to connect to your home email you will have to create a second profile. At this point I'm sure you will forgive me for copying and pasting the odd chunk from my previous article!

So open the control panel from the start menu and chose the "Mail" option. If your Control Panel is in category view you will find it under "User Accounts" in Windows XP & Vista and "User Accounts and Family Safety" in Windows 7.

Clicking on "Show Profiles" opens the following screen.

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To add a new profile simply click on "Add". A new box will appear prompting you to put in a name for the profile. Once you have chosen a name click on "OK" and you will be taken to the standard account creation screen.

For an Exchange account tick the "Manually configure server settings or additional server types" box and click "Next".

On the next screen chose "Microsoft Exchange" and click "Next".


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You now need to put in the name of your Exchange server and your user name. Your IT support will be able to provide these details for you. Click "More Settings..." OK the error box that appears and then OK the Exchange details box.

You are now in the additional settings box. On the security tab make sure Encryption is ticked and change the "Logon network security:" drop down box to "Password Authentication (NTLM)"

On the connection tab tick "Connect to Microsoft Exchange using HTTP" and click on "Exchange Proxy settings"


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In the Proxy settings box you will need to put in the address you would normally use to connect to OWA. Note that the HTTPS:// bit has already been done for you. At the bottom set the "Proxy authentication settings" to "NTLM Authentication" and click "OK".

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Click "OK" on the additional settings box and you will be back to the Add New E-Mail Account screen. Click "Next" and then "Finish".

You will now be back at the Mail profile window. The last thing to do is make Outlook ask for a profile when opening. To do this chose the "Prompt for a profile to be used" option towards the bottom of the window and click OK. Now every time you open Outlook it will ask you which profile you would like to use.

If you now open Outlook and chose the profile you have just created you will be connected to your Exchange mailbox at work.

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