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Managing the Autodiscover Service

 

Applies to: Exchange Server 2007 SP3, Exchange Server 2007 SP2, Exchange Server 2007 SP1, Exchange Server 2007

Topic Last Modified: 2007-05-30

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 computers that have the Client Access server role installed include a new feature named the Autodiscover service. The Autodiscover service provides Outlook 2007 users with the profile settings that are required to connect to the Exchange server. Before you start to manage the Autodiscover service, read the following topics:

The following sections contain information that is required to manage the Autodiscover service.

You can use the Autodiscover service to automatically configure your Outlook 2007 clients to connect to the available Exchange features. For more information, see the following topics:

We recommend that you host the Autodiscover service on a separate site if you manage a Web site that is frequently visited that also hosts your e-mail traffic. You can host the Autodiscover service on a separate site that is on the same computer as other Microsoft Exchange features. For more information, see How to Configure the Autodiscover Service for Internet Access.

You can deploy Microsoft Exchange in multiple forests. Two of these deployment scenarios include the resource forest topology and the multiple trusted forest topology. For more information about how to configure the Autodiscover service for multiple forests, see How to Configure the Autodiscover Service for Multiple Forests.

If you manage a large, distributed organization that has sites that are separated by low-bandwidth network connectivity, we recommend that you use site affinity for the Autodiscover service. For more information, see How to Configure the Autodiscover Service to Use Site Affinity.

 
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