OWA Exchange 2010 direct windows file share acces and SharePoint sites discontinued….!?!?

One of the options that has been taken out of Exchange 2010 is the Document Access in Outlook Web App (OWA). Though it isn’t heavily used by most of the medium to large companies, it is useful for smaller companies to access files when the staff are out of the office.

Let me explain with screenshots. Below is OWA 2007 and the last link (Documents) is what we are taking about here. This is used to access files on the internal file servers from outside the network, ofcourse depending upon the access configured by the administrator.

OWA 2007

But, what about Outlook Web App (OWA) in 2010?  There is no Document Access in the new web access interface. You can see it at the screenshot.

OWA 2010

OWA Virtual directory still have forms for managing remote server, with allow and block list for servers.
Microsoft state that the feature introduced in Exchange 2007 where by – documents in file shares on the network local to the exchange server can be accessed (read-only) via the documents interface in OWA – is available in 2010.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb430754(EXCHG.140).aspx

However the OWA interface does not include the documents section that 2007 did so despite the EMC having the options to enable and configure this, there does not appear to be any way to access it through the interface…

Microsoft has discontinued this feature, with a view to to use SharePoint. For now…. I hope!

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