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Old 25 Sep 2023, 09:23 PM   #1
gareth
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Audodiscover for non-MS systems?

Is it possible to set up autodiscover for a shared web hosting-type email service? I can't find much documentation for non-MS systems.

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Old 25 Sep 2023, 10:46 PM   #2
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Auto discovery of what?
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Old 25 Sep 2023, 10:57 PM   #3
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autodiscover is a technique whereby mail client config settings are automatically discovered on setting up a new mail account.

For non-MS (and possibly MS) systems I think this is achieved via a DNS pointer to a server providing the info - see for example:

$ dig @8.8.8.8 autodiscover.fastmail.fm
[...]
;; QUESTION SECTION:
;autodiscover.fastmail.fm. IN A

;; ANSWER SECTION:
autodiscover.fastmail.fm. 300 IN A 103.168.172.65


But I can't find any info on how to set this up outside of MS Exchange but it does seem to have a life beyond Exchange, as in the above example.

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Old 25 Sep 2023, 11:17 PM   #4
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I've wondered this myself. Many phone apps have the ability to automatically fill in the correct settings for a wide variety of email providers.
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Old 26 Sep 2023, 06:56 AM   #5
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iOS offers exchange as an independent choice. Although desktop outlook/windows mail does this.

Not sure about other apps. I prefer outlook myself.
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Old 30 Sep 2023, 05:00 AM   #6
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Maybe RFC 6186. e.g.:

$ dig +short _imaps._tcp.fastmail.com srv
0 1 993 imap.fastmail.com.

I don't know how widely it's supported.
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