How to Configure Outlook Anywhere for Exchange Server in Microsoft Outlook

In Exchange Server 2003 there was a feature called RPC/HTTP (RPC over HTTP) that allows us to utilize HTTP connection for accessing email. In Exchange Server 2007, 2010, and 2013, the feature is called OutlookAnywhere. When this feature is enabled on the Microsoft Exchange server, users can check email using a so-called proxy server.

On the Exchange Server, we can verify wether the OutlookAnywhere feature is enabled or not by checking the Server Configuration, Client Access. Select the Exchange Server you want to check. Ensure that you see “Disable Outlook Anywhere” is shown. When this is shown, it means that Outlook Anywhere is currently enabled. Click Properties to see Outlook Anywhere settings.

The Properties dialog box looks something like this:

Enough information on the server side. Now we will configure Outlook Anywhere in Microsoft Outlook on a client computer.

Launch Outlook. Choose Manually configure server settings or additional server types. Click Next.

Choose Microsoft Exchange or compatible service and click Next.

Enter the INTERNAL (Fully Qualified Domain Name) host name of the server. Enter your user name and click More Settings. Do not
click the Check Name button.

When the Microsoft Exchange dialog box pops up, choose the Connection tab. Choose Connect using my Local Area Network (LAN). Put a check mark on Connect to Microsoft Exchange using HTTP. Click on Exchange Proxy Settings. Enter the information as showned and click OK.

Click Apply and then click OK.

Click Check Name.

Enter user name and password. Click OK.

Once the name is checked, your user name is underlined. Click Next.

Click Finish.

Open Outlook to check mail. Verify that you are Connected to Microsoft Exchange Server.

In this lab, I have shown you how to check whether the Exchange server has the Outlook Anywhere feature enabled or not. I also showed you how to view its properties and then configure Outlook Anywhere connection in Microsoft Outlook on a client computer.