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    OWA Customisation

    Does anyone know how to break OWA open so you can customise it?

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    Re: OWA Customisation

    if you are using OWA, in options you can change the colour scheme.

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    Re: OWA Customisation

    You can edit the logon.asp file to add your own text/logos etc. The instructions for doing this for Exchange 2k3 are here http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l.../aa996007.aspx

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    Re: OWA Customisation

    You can also change the logo displayed in the top left to your own, simply by replacing the relevant .gif image in the source files.

    Mike.

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    Re: OWA Customisation

    Not 100% sure if it is customisable beyond that what the stylesheets control, but nonetheless

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l.../aa996029.aspx

    that link should get you started changing the colours at least

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    Re: OWA Customisation

    most of owa is locked in a dll, but unless your MSIT (https://mail.microsoft.com/) only the logon is customizable.

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    Re: OWA Customisation

    There is some kind of OWA administration kit but I dont think it does that much.

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    Re: OWA Customisation

    Thanks for all the replies but i really meant changing some functionality not the superficial stuff e.g. add an additional column of info in the Find Names Dialogue window.

    Anyone messed with the dll before?

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    Re: OWA Customisation

    I wouldn't have thought so. IIRC this is explicitly forbidden in the EULA

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    Re: OWA Customisation

    I didnt think the EULA prohibited developing OWA. Finding it so annoying that there are features i like to provide but no way to do it.

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    Re: OWA Customisation

    There's some stuff at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l.../bb232199.aspx

    about Exchange 2007 OWA but i don't think that will give you what you're looking for.

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scr...e_roadmap.mspx has some stuff on the various ways of coding for Exchange 2003 but it doesn't specifically talk about OWA stuff. I'd guess you could kind of write your own version of OWA but that seems like hard work :-)

    As far as I can tell, you are allowed to change things (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/327178 talks about the fact you won't get support if you do but that suggest you can change it to your heart's content!)

    What are you trying to change in OWA? Could you do it in another way-perhaps just write something using WebDAV to query Exchange?

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    Re: OWA Customisation

    That's one of the drawbacks of using proprietary and non-open-source solutions.

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    Re: OWA Customisation

    Yeah rebuilding OWA would be more work then its worth, which is why i wanted to break this one open to make the changes i wanted. At the moment all im looking at is to prefix "=" or "@" when you click send or check names as there doesnt seem to be a way to get owa to do an exact match automatically like Outlook can. Im sure in the future there will be something else that could be a nice feature thats easy enough to do but difficult to integrate into owa.



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