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OWA FBA URL Parameters Exchange 2007

Passing URL Parameters To The Microsoft Outlook Web Access 2007 Forms-Based Authentication Page

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A good question appeared in the Experts Exchange forum recently. Someone was asking how you could directly go to the OWA 2007 hard-deleted items page within the Options page (i.e. the one where you can recover messages from your Dumpster).

Sure, I answered. You just go to http://servername/owa/user@domain.com/?ae=options&t=DeletedItems . The OP went away to try it, but replied that the end got chopped of the URL when they tried it. Ah, I thought - they must have FBA enabled - FBA does that. You have to go direct to the FBA logon page URL, and you need to supply the final URL as an escaped parameter, like this:

https://servername/owa/auth/logon.aspx?url=https%3a%2f%2fservername%2fowa%2fuser@domain.com%2f%3fae=Options%26t=DeletedItems

In this form / is escaped to %2f, ? is escaped to %3f, and & is escaped to %26. Note also that the user@domain.com and servername parts must be replaced with your own valid values. I'm happy to say that it worked.

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