How to run Outlook autodiscover silent without any user intervention

If you want to run the autodiscover wizard in the background without asking the user to click “next, next, finish” to configure and create the outlook profile, you need just add the following registry key to your users profile:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Outlook\Autodiscover
Value name: ZeroConfigExchange
Value type: REG_DWORD
Value data: 1

Or using a GPO; enable this Outlook 2013 Policy on your domain :

User configuration / Policies / Administrative templates / Microsoft Outlook 2013 / Account Settings / Exchange / Automatically configure profile based on Active Directory Primary SMTP address

Via: http://blogs.technet.com/b/rmilne/archive/2011/10/21/exchange-amp-the-autodiscover-web-service.aspx
http://o365info.com/outlook-autodiscover-decision-process-choosing-the-right-autodiscover-method-part-14-of-36/

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One thought on “How to run Outlook autodiscover silent without any user intervention

  1. Matth3wH says:

    Any suggestions if the ZCE doesn’t work?

    No domain. Take a Windows 10 computer. Join to Azure AD. Install Office 365 Pro Plus en-us (2016) 16.0.6001.1073.

    Adjust the registry key – HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Outlook\AutoDiscover
    ZeroConfigExchange to 1

    Run Outlook 2016… Unfortunately the “Welcome to Outlook 2016” appears.

    The built in Win 10 Mail and Calendar apps work automagically out of the box. Why Outlook 2016 cannot work in such an easy way is bizarre.

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/outlooking/archive/2015/10/30/the-prf-vs-zce-when-to-use-each.aspx

    Surely it should be as easy as the blog makes out. Especially given PRF isn’t for Outlook 2016 any more.

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