Live@edu Customers Required Outlook Live URL Changes for Better Interoperation with Windows Live ID

Microsoft reminds all Live@edu customers about a required URL change for connections to Outlook Web App to support better interoperation with Live ID. "Please do make the change before June 30, 2011 to ensure that your users do not experience problems and your organization is prepared for future platform changes," said Microsoft.This URL change requires […]

Microsoft reminds all Live@edu customers about a required URL change for connections to Outlook Web App to support better interoperation with Live ID. "Please do make the change before June 30, 2011 to ensure that your users do not experience problems and your organization is prepared for future platform changes," said Microsoft.

This URL change requires schools to now use the URL http://outlook.com/<domain> to access Outlook Web App. You also have to modify any single sign-on solutions to reflect the URL change.

Here're the required changes for your convenience:

URL Changes

URLs that go directly to OWA, such as http://outlook.com or http://outlook.com/owa should be changed to go to http://outlook.com/<your domain name>- for e.g., http://outlook.com/contoso.edu. To prepare for URL changes:

  • Inform your users of the change so that they can update any bookmarks they may have
  • Inform your support desk of the upcoming changes and how to help users use the new URL
  • Update any related links on Web pages and in documentation

If you're using the URL http://outlook.com/ecp to access the Exchange control panel management interface, you'll also want to modify that URL to look like this: http://outlook.com/ecp/?realm=contoso.edu.

Single Sign-On Changes

Single sign-on solutions using the Live@edu SSO toolkit must make the following changes:

  • Update the Outlook URL in the web.config file as follows:
  • Change: <add key="redirectURL" value="https://outlook.com/owa"/>
  • To: <add key="redirectURL" value="https://outlook.com/edu"/>

Custom solutions have to make this change also, though the location will vary.

In addition, "we've seen some cases where Live ID removes URL parameters, resulting in undesired behaviour. To mitigate this issue, we advise that all single-sign-on solutions add the parameter exsvurl=1 as a setting in the URL. This setting will force the URL parameters to be preserved. Typically, the setting is appended to the end of the redirection URL and preceded with an ampersand, like this: https://outlook.com/edu&exsvurl=1," explains Microsoft.

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