Redirecting Internal Exchange Domains to use External Domains from the EMS

Redirecting Internal Exchange Domains to use External Domains from the EMS

If you have been using an SSL Certificate to secure internal domains for your Exchange deployment such as the Client Access Server's internal FQDN (e.g. then you will need to make preparations to not use these internal names in your SSL Certificate because of a recent CAB Forum change Certificate Authorities can no longer issue SSL Certificates with internal domain names supported.

To reconfigure your domain to use only the external domain name you have a couple of options. If you are using Active Directory you can migrate an internal Active Directory domain to a registered External name. This will change the internal FQDN of your Exchange Servers so they will reroute to a valid subdomain of your registered external domain (e.g. change from CASServer01.yourcompany.internal to allowing you to use a SAN certificate or a Wildcard to secure these names. Alternatively, you can redirect the internal names to use the external mail URL, but this method will not allow access to mail using the Outlook Anywhere service so users connecting over a VPN would have connection problems.

Redirecting your Exchange Server to use the External DNS Name

To update your Exchange 2007 or Exchange 2010 server you will need to run the following commands from the Exchange Management Shell and replace the Server running the Client Access Role with your external domain name. These commands update the URL for the Autodiscover service, Exchange Web Services (EWS) and the OWA Web-based Offline Address book respectively. Before running these commands you will just need to check make sure a DNS record exists mapping the IP Address to the Exchange Client Access (CAS) server.  Note: Each of these commands below should be run on a single line in the Exchange Management Shell (EMS):

Collect URL information

  • Get-ClientAccessServer | fl
  • Set-WebServicesVirtualDirectory | fl
  • Set-OABVirtualDirectory -Identity | fl

SET URL information

  • Set-ClientAccessServer -Identity HostName -AutodiscoverServiceInternalUri
  • Set-WebServicesVirtualDirectory -Identity "HostName\EWS (Default Web Site)" -InternalUrl
  • Set-OABVirtualDirectory -Identity "HostName\oab (Default Web Site)" -InternalUrl


Recycle the IIS Application Pools

Next to make these commands take effect you have to tell IIS to push these changes by recycling the application pools.

  1. Open IIS Manager by clicking Start, then enter inetmgr.
  2. Expand the server and expand Application Pools, then right-click on MSExchangeAutodiscoverAppPool, and select Recycle.


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