ITS Exchange: Connecting from Off Campus

Overview

When you are not on campus — at home, for example, or traveling — there are several ways to connect your Windows computer to your ITS Exchange account. This document explains the methods, provides pros and cons, and cites links to related information.
Tip These methods also work on campus.

Outlook Web App (OWA)

  1. Pros

    • Best way to connect if you are not using your own computer because it does not require any configuring

    • Connect using most web browsers

    • Does not require that Outlook be installed on the computer you are using

  2. Cons

    • Must be connected to the Internet so you can't work off-line

    • Cannot sync mobile devices such as PDAs and smart phones without Exchange ActiveSync

  3. Related Links

Outlook Anywhere

Formerly known as RPC over HTTPS. New versions of Outlook for Windows will set up the client this way by default.

  1. Pros

    • Your Exchange account works just as if you were on campus

    • Can work off-line and automatically sync your account when you are connected

  2. Cons

    • Requires Outlook be properly configured on the computer you're using

  3. Related Links

Outlook Through a Virtual Private Network (VPN)

  1. Pros

    • You are fully connected to the campus network and can access other resources

    • Configure Outlook as if you were on campus

    • Your Exchange account works just as if you were on campus

    • Can work off-line and automatically sync your account when you are connected

  2. Cons

    • Requires Outlook be properly configured on the computer you are using

    • Requires that the computer you are using is configured for a U-M VPN

    • Must login twice — first for VPN using your Kerberos (UMICH) password and then for Exchange using your Exchange/Windows Active Directory password.

  3. Related Links

Last Updated: 
Tuesday, January 27, 2015