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When you view the Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 or Microsoft Outlook 2010 policy settings in the Group Policy Object Editor, you only see the following policy setting that is related to AutoDiscover:
Automatically configure profile based on Active Directory Primary SMTP addressHowever, this policy setting only controls whether the startup wizard dialog box appears when Microsoft Exchange mailbox information is available to your domain-joined workstation.
In some scenarios, you may want to control the methods that are used by Outlook to find the AutoDiscover service. This depends on the client/server topology, but these are the methods that are used by Outlook:
HTTPS root domain query
HTTPS AutoDiscover domain query
HTTP redirect method
SRV record queryBy default, Outlook uses one or more of these methods to reach the AutoDiscover service. For example, for a computer that is not joined to a domain, Outlook tries to connect to the predefined URLs (for example, https://autodiscover.contoso.com/autodiscover/autodiscover.xml) by using DNS. If that fails, Outlook tries the HTTP redirect method. If that does not work, Outlook tries to use the SRV record lookup method. If all lookup methods fail, Outlook cannot obtain "Outlook Anywhere" configuration and URL settings.
This article discusses how you can enable/disable the AutoDiscover feature and how you can specify which methods for Outlook to use to try to reach the AutoDiscover service.
To deploy the custom Group Policy template to control the behavior of the Outlook AutoDiscover feature, follow these steps:
Methods used to try to reach the AutoDiscover serviceSCP object lookup
Outlook performs an Active Directory query for Service Connection Point (SCP) objects.
Root domain query based on your primary SMTP address
Outlook uses the root domain of your primary SMTP address to try to locate the AutoDiscover service. Outlook tries to connect to the following URL based on your SMTP address:
https://<smtp-address-domain>/autodiscover/autodiscover.xmlQuery for the AutoDiscover domain
Outlook uses the AutoDiscover domain to try to locate the AutoDiscover service. Outlook tries to connect to the following URL based on your SMTP address:
Outlook uses HTTP redirection if Outlook cannot reach the AutoDiscover service through either of the secure HTTPS URLS:
https://autodiscover.<smtp-address-domain>/autodiscover/autodiscover.xmlSRV record query in DNS
Outlook uses an SRV record lookup in DNS to try to locate the AutoDiscover service.
Article ID: 2612922 - Last Review: September 28, 2011 - Revision: 1.0