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Web Site for Testing Exchange Publishing - 10.Oct.2008 10:58:34 AM   
vhowell

 

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I ran accross this web site. It has been posted by two Microsoft Programers. It is an excellent tool for debugging connection issues.
I have used it for ActiveSync as well as RPC/HTTPS issues. It gives excellent error reporting.

https://www.testexchangeconnectivity.com/

Be sure and give them feedback so they can improve the site.


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RE: Web Site for Testing Exchange Publishing - 10.Oct.2008 11:09:08 AM   
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I saw that too, but a little nervous about putting domain credentials into a website that I don't really know...

It also doesn't use SSL, so credentials go clear text over HTTP 

Shame you can't download a copy to run from your own web server or client...

Cheers

JJ

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RE: Web Site for Testing Exchange Publishing - 11.Oct.2008 1:43:13 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Jason Jones

I saw that too, but a little nervous about putting domain credentials into a website that I don't really know...

It also doesn't use SSL, so credentials go clear text over HTTP 

Shame you can't download a copy to run from your own web server or client...

Cheers

JJ


Actually, the site does use SSL and all credentials are sent over HTTPS.  :)

We will be formally announcing this via the Exchange blog within the coming weeks.  We are waiting to finalize a formal Terms of Use and Privacy statement.  (We are working through this process right now)

We intentionally are making this a web service so you can validate these remote connections from OUTSIDE your network.  If you had to download software and run it locally, you would potentially lose the end-to-end validation. 

I hope it's obvious that we don't want your real domain credentials.  All tests that must collect username/password have a check box that certifies you are entering a test user account. 

Hope this makes sense.

Shawn

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RE: Web Site for Testing Exchange Publishing - 11.Oct.2008 6:09:45 PM   
Jason Jones

 

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quote:

ORIGINAL: shawnmcgrath

quote:

ORIGINAL: Jason Jones

I saw that too, but a little nervous about putting domain credentials into a website that I don't really know...

It also doesn't use SSL, so credentials go clear text over HTTP 

Shame you can't download a copy to run from your own web server or client...

Cheers

JJ


Actually, the site does use SSL and all credentials are sent over HTTPS.  :)

We will be formally announcing this via the Exchange blog within the coming weeks.  We are waiting to finalize a formal Terms of Use and Privacy statement.  (We are working through this process right now)

We intentionally are making this a web service so you can validate these remote connections from OUTSIDE your network.  If you had to download software and run it locally, you would potentially lose the end-to-end validation. 

I hope it's obvious that we don't want your real domain credentials.  All tests that must collect username/password have a check box that certifies you are entering a test user account. 

Hope this makes sense.

Shawn


Hey Shawn, no offence meant, just cautious

I had seen the website URL pop up on a few forum posts, but just a personal statement that I would necessarily advocate that people begin using unknown websites to test their environments. So many sites look official nowadays and I have'nt heard of your until now...it could have quite easily been a fake site luring people to "accidently" enter real credentials when they are desperate to test a problem they are having with Exchange services.

Now that I know the site if official, and MS based, it looks like a great idea!

Maybe you guys should be using an EV SSL cert to identify the site as highly trusted? I don't think the current cert even mentions MS, but I guess that's because it's still in dev...

Cheers

JJ

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