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Outlook Autodiscover methods with Exchange 2013

What is Autodiscover ?

Autodiscover is a feature of Exchange Server . Outlook 2007/2010/2013 and Active sync mobile clients use this methodology to configure their clients with just email address and password. Where Autodiscover helps in retrieving all the server information and URLs information automatically.

Understanding Outlook Autodiscover is more important where you can have your Outlook configured in seconds, you should have control over your autodiscover methods used in your environment.

Outlook has a pre-defined set of methods to go in order , So if you are using like 4th option in your autodiscover order , Outlook will try the first 3 methods in order to reach the fourth method. If you want to have your Outlook to configure quickly or to restrict your outlook to redirect to a wrong server.

You can disable autodiscover methods through registry entries or through group policies

Disabling via GroupPolicy –

Administrative Templates–>>Microsoft Outlook 2013–>>Account Settings–>>Exchange–>>Disable AutoDiscover.


Refer below link for deploying and Configuring administrative templates.

Deploy Office 2013 Sp1 via Group Policy to all domain joined machines

Disabling via registry – HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\x.0\Outlook\AutoDiscover

Note –

Value 1 — DISABLE

Value 0 — ENABLE

Below screenshot disables HTTP Redirect and HTTPS Autodiscover Domain


Autodiscover redirect servers saved in below location –



Satheshwaran Manoharan
Satheshwaran Manoharanhttps://www.azure365pro.com
Award-winning Technology Leader with a wealth of experience running large teams and diversified industry exposure in cloud computing. From shipping lines to rolling stocks.In-depth expertise in driving cloud adoption strategies and modernizing systems to cloud native. Specialized in Microsoft Cloud, DevOps, and Microsoft 365 Stack and conducted numerous successful projects worldwide. Also, Acting as a Technical Advisor for various start-ups.

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  1. Hi,
    Whenever out E3 Client/Outlook 2013 tries to connect to 0365 server it gets disconnected temporarily ..reason being as there are many hits that are being sent from the client so it is been considered as threat & there by Clients Network are getting disconnected. This issue has started since last 1 week only.

    It works fine with outlook 2010,


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