Installing Exchange 2007 on Windows 2008 or 2008R2 is slightly different than installing on Server 2003. This includes installing Exchange 2007 SP3 on Windows 2008R2 since the pre-requisites that were taken for granted now need to be installed explicitly, especially concerning IIS.
I had an annoying issue on OWA, where instead of seeing the OWA pictures I would have expected, I saw red X’s. After perusing various avenues, including authentication, IIS config, etc, it boiled down to a simple missing prerequisite – the ability for IIS on Server 2008 to serve static content.
The build guy missed out the pre-requisite, so how to install is after the OS and Exchange are already installed? Quite simple actually –
- Install the missing role
- uninstall the CAS role via the GUI or the command line
- reinstall the CAS role
In order to keep the post short, I’m posting the command lines versions only.
The command line to install the static Content Compression role is
ServerManagerCmd -i Web-Dyn-Compression
Uninstall the CAS role via the GUI or the command line:
setup.com /mode:uninstall /role:c
Reboot the machine and re-install the CAS role via the GUI or the command line
setup.com /mode:install /role:c
OWA started working 🙂 Happy troubleshooting.