Autodiscover (Outlook) and Autoconfig (Thunderbird)
Recent NetManager builds support account auto-configuration for Outlook and Thunderbirds (and any other mail clients that support either of these mechanisms). Examples of this in operation can be found here: Thunderbird and Outlook
- You should already have a DNS A record for your mail server (e.g. mail.mydomain.com)
- You should have SSL certificates in place and your webserver should be accessible from the outside world, i.e. http://mail.mydomain.com and https://mail.mydomain.com should work
- You may need to set up a spoofed internal DNS record so that the external name (e.g. mail.mydomain.com) points to your internal IP address (depending on your firewalling)
- You will probably want enable SMTP authentication for many of your users as auto-configured accounts will have this feature enabled
DNS changes required
To enable this to work, you will need to set up two DNS CNAME records for your external domain name(s):
autodiscovershould be a CNAME to your mail server's external name (e.g. mail.mydomain.com)
autoconfigshould be a CNAME to your mail server's external name (e.g. mail.mydomain.com)
- Ideally, you should also create a SRV record for
_autodiscover._tcpfor port 443, e.g.
_autodiscover._tcp IN SRV 1 10 443 mail.mydomain.com.
To test Thunderbird autoconfig go to:
<clientConfig version="1.1"> <emailProvider id="netmanager">
Outlook autodiscover is harder to test as it requires you to send it XML (and SRV records cannot be tested in a web-browser either). However you should be able to visit the following (which will report No email address given): https://autodiscover.mydomain.com/autodiscover/autodiscover.xml