Disable autodiscover

Posted on 2011-03-16
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Most of my client doesn't host their own email and they are only small businesses which I
don't find any use of autodiscover.  How can I disable this even temporarily.  I found one and it
is successfull but comments below says that it is not good to stop the autodiscover app pool.
My main concern is that the outlook 2007 is keeps on asking for credential which doesn't accept
even the input info is right.  In order to get the right @email address I need to run the wizard
which automatically creates remote.???.com which doesn't exist at all.  I'm using only the exchange
as a data storage and contacts, mailbox, calendar sharing.  Is there a proper way to do this.  Search
in Google and it seems microsoft doesn't have an answer. I was able to do it before with one of
my client but unfortunately I can't remember it anymore.  Any help will be greatly appreciated.  
Question by:cdmgs
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Glen Knight earned 500 total points
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Simple answer is you can't, it's used for Offline Address Book & Free/Busy Information, it's also built in to Outlook 2007 and 2010 so if you could disable it on the server you can't disable it on the clients.

I have an article for the password prompting issue with SBS2008:

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you can change the autodiscover scp point to an invalid url so they wont be able to access it.

if you do a get-clientaccessserver | fl you can see the value.
you will need to manually configure outlook if you do this.
you can also change the EWS url too.
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by:Alan Hardisty
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@brota - You can't simply point Autodiscover to an invalid URL - it will cause all manner of problems.  You also can't disable it.  You have to learn to live with it!

Demazter's comment is spot on and his article advises several ways to resolve the password prompt issue.  You would do well to read it and stop posting information that is not remotely helpful.


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I did not copy and paste from somone I had this in my email for months from a co-worker
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by:Alan Hardisty
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@Brota - Please do not post blind links to something you have Googled.  Please add some additional information about what can be found at the link and describe in your own words what the link is about.

If the link fails in the future and the solution is accepted as the solution to the question on EE, then the solution is valueless.

Please re-post your link with some additional text and refrain from simply posting just a link in a question in future.

Many thanks

Alan Hardisty
EE Zone Advisor

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Finally I was able to solve my problem without installing SP2 or SP3 in exchange or stopping the Autidiscover apps pool.  I have done this before but cannot remember how I did it. Here what I have done which is all about IIS:

Under SBS Web Applications:

Click Authentication icon and check the settings. Basic and Windows authentication should be enable and under advance settings of windows authentication  the kernel-mode authenticarion should be enable or tick mark


Windows authentication should be enable and under advance settings of window authentication,  the kernel-mode authentication also must be enabled

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Thanks anyways for the help and feedbacks.
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by:Alan Hardisty
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That's covered in the article posted by Demazter (his own article) in the first comment of this question.

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Yes it is!  Before I tried this expert exchange I already tried this solution that came from other source and same thing I followed the solution but no go. One thing they forgot to mention is the the basic and wndows authentication should be enabled and I think rpcwithcert and UM should be included in the solution.  Will verify once a got a freshlyh installed SBS2008 and check what defaults that it gives before fixing the issue. I already done this to all my clients long time ago but can't remember this time.

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One thing they forgot to mention is the the basic and wndows authentication should be enabled and I think rpcwithcert and UM should be included in the solution

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