Monday, January 24, 2005

Providing a Unique look and feel to your SBS box

So today, I decided it was time to up the number of customization on my SBS server at my house.

OWA Customization Time!

I decided it was time to do some customizations on OWA. I was reading the You Had me at EHLO blog, where they show off the XBox theme for OWA. I decided this should be my first approach.

It was really easy on SBS (mainly because we lack the front-end/back-end server peices). On the SBS server, we simply set a few registry keys and copy a few files and we're done!

Here's how I did it. I took my theme (which you can learn to create Blog)

Once you have your files, you copy them over to %program files%\exchsvr\exchweb\themes. The folder should be called the name of the theme.

Next, let's set some registry keys:
(You'll probably have to create the "Themes" Key)

Then create a "String" value for each theme you want to create, the name of the String should be what appears in OWA.
The value should be id=200;title=NAMEOFTHEME;bgcolor=#000000;path=NAMEOFFOLDER.
It's that easy!

Now you can just select the theme from within OWA