There are several ways to access your email when you're not connected to the ISU Network (on campus or in a field office). The simplest is to use Outlook Web Access (OWA) through your web browser (exchange.iastate.edu). This method is simple and works on both your own machine and a borrowed or public computer.
In addition, you can access Exchange with your laptop when you're at home or on the road by installing VPN, which stands for Virtual Private Network, on your computer. This allows you to establish secure communications over insecure networks and access your email. Instructions for setting up VPN on your computer are available online.
Finally, you can connect to Exchange over HTTP, which allows Outlook to send Exchange information through a secure proxy. It's important to note that if you set this up, you'll need to enter your username and password every time you open Outlook even when you're on the ISU network.