Someone really got their OWA permissions horked up pretty good, and before we just went and uninstalled and reinstalled, I remembered our dear friend Ray Fong had posted a “fasten your seatbelts we’re editing the metabase“ post a while back.


 


THIS IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART AND I’M ONLY POSTING THIS SO I CAN FIND IT FOR THE NEXT TIME SOMEONE REALLY AND TRULY SCREWS UP OWA [and yes I know I’m yelling]


 


But as always…thank you Ray Fong!


 


1. Go to IIS, right-click servername (local computer), Properties.


Backup/Restore Configuration to save a copy of IIS settings


2. Right-click servername (local computer), Properties. Check Enable Direct


Metabase Edit.


3  Expand servername (local computer), Web Sites, Default Web Site.


4. Delete Exadmin, Exchange, ExchWeb, Microsoft-Server-ActiveSync, OMA (Do


Not delete exchange-oma)


5. Open MetaBase.xml with Notepad.


6. Locate the following object where ID = 61472


 


<IISCONFIGOBJECT  Location


=”/LM/DS2MB/HighWaterMarks/{57F70E62-7E37-472B-A9F0-3BE08883AC5A}”>


  <?XML:NAMESPACE PREFIX = Custom<Custom


                Name=”UnknownName_61472″


        ID=”61472″   (<—- This one)


        Value=”53322″


        Type=”STRING”


        UserType=”IIS_MD_UT_SERVER”


        Attributes=”NO_ATTRIBUTES”


   />


 


7. Change the Value to “0”. Your original number will not be “53322”.


8. Save the file.


9. From a command prompt, type “iisreset”


10. Restart Exchange System Attendant


11. Run CEICW (ToDoList -> Connect to the Internet). Make sure you select


Enable Firewall.


 


Another one for the category of Ray-isms… dedicated to once a SBSer always a SBSer Ray Fong!

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One Response to If you really and truly messed up the OWA permissions

  1. Karan says:

    There is a Public knowledge base article from Microsoft about same.

    How to re-create the Exchange-related virtual directories in Internet Information Services 6 (888033)