Prevent clients outlook anywhere URL from being changed by autodiscover?

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Corey Riley

We host several different domains with connection points at different data centers. Our corporate office contains a majority of the Outlook Anywhere users and are set to use a specific URL for Outlook Anywhere. This part works fine. I have smaller groups of users that I need to configure to connect through a different external URL. They can connect fine, then the autodiscover service changes the URL to the one for the corporate office. I found this blog post about removing the EXPR Outlook Provider. http://ilantz.wordpress.com/2009/06/18/prevent-outlook-anywhere-aka-rpc-over-http-from-being-automaticly-configured-in-exchange-2007-with-autodiscover/

Is this the only way to achieve this? I'm not worried about the Outlook Anywhere settings being automatically configured on clients. I'd actually rather have it not configured on a client by default and make it a manual process to enable it.
 
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Ed Crowley [MVP]

You can override settings made by Autodiscover. The way I understand it, the only time Autodiscover comes into the picture is when a user creates a new profile. The user can choose to enter everything manually.
Ed Crowley MVP
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" Corey Riley" wrote in message news:b282dbdd-9a6c-47d2-a5cf-2c2bc14308cf...

We host several different domains with connection points at different data centers. Our corporate office contains a majority of the Outlook Anywhere users and are set to use a specific URL for Outlook Anywhere. This part works fine. I have smaller groups of users that I need to configure to connect through a different external URL. They can connect fine, then the autodiscover service changes the URL to the one for the corporate office. I found this blog post about removing the EXPR Outlook Provider. http://ilantz.wordpress.com/2009/06/18/prevent-outlook-anywhere-aka-rpc-over-http-from-being-automaticly-configured-in-exchange-2007-with-autodiscover/

Is this the only way to achieve this? I'm not worried about the Outlook Anywhere settings being automatically configured on clients. I'd actually rather have it not configured on a client by default and make it a manual process to enable it.
Ed Crowley MVP " There are seldom good technological solutions to behavioral problems."
 
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Ilantz

The " outlook provider" settings should be overwritten once the TTL of it respective provider ends... that's why the settings keeps " coming back" ..

Glad my post helped ya out :)

Ilantz
 
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Corey Riley

Yes I'm seeing that behavior. Once the settings are changed, the user changes them back. Everything is great and then all of a sudden, the URL changes back again. It's quite annoying. I guess I'll go through and make the changes to the provider since there doesn't seem to be any other way to acomplish this. Thanks for the article Ilantz!
 
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Brian-Z

Corey,

I am having the same problem as you.

Did you try to Ilantz's solution? Does it work for you?

What is the best way to do a backup for current EXPR?

Thanks.
 
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