According to windowsserveressentials website, The issue about Remote Web Access login page Redirect is relatively simple one, in previous versions of Essentials, visiting http://server or http://server.remotewebaccess.com it would automatically redirect you to the RWA Login page at /remote. In 2016 this is not occurring.

In 2012 R2 this behaviour is controlled via default.aspx in particular, this line.

<%@ Page Language="C#" AutoEventWireup="true" CodeBehind="Default.aspx.cs" Inherits="Microsoft.WindowsServerSolutions.Web.RootSite._Default" %>


Looking at the Content of the Default Web Site in 2016, we can see the standard IIS InetPub wwwroot folder. This is odd because usually in Essentials that path has been updated to C:\Program Files\Windows Server\Bin\WebApps\Site.


I had previously posted that we should update the PhysicalPath of the Remote Web App web site to match previous versions of Essentials. Doing so corrected the Redirect, however resulted in the below message.

I opened a support case with Microsoft regarding this behaviour and after some time was informed this behaviour was by design. Without any explanation or documentation of changing this feature.

The ‘correct’ way to solve this, is using an HTTP Redirect as shared originally by TechSpeeder, or by educating the user to enter the correct address.

We are still (some months later) yet to hear back from anyone at Microsoft about this or any other issue we have raised with Essentials 2016.

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