How to suppress the AutoDiscover redirect warning in Outlook

Original KB number:   2480582

Summary

When Microsoft Outlook redirects an AutoDiscover operation from HTTP to HTTPS, you may receive a warning message that resembles the following:

Allow this website to configure user1@contoso.com server settings?
https://mail.cpandl.com/autodiscover/autodiscover.xml
Your account was redirected to this website for settings.
You should only allow settings from sources you know and trust.

When this warning message occurs, you may choose not to be asked about the specific website again.

You or administrators may want to suppress the initial warning message for a specific HTTP redirection that is expected in your organization. This article contains information about how to do this.

More information

Important

This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, see How to back up and restore the registry in Windows.

To configure Outlook behavior when HTTP redirection occurs, you can set or deploy a registry value. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Close Outlook.

  2. Start Registry Editor.

    • In Windows Vista, select Start, type regedit in the Start Search box, and then press Enter.

      If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password, or select Continue.

    • In Windows XP, select Start, select Run, type regedit in the Open box, and then select OK.

  3. Locate and then select the following registry subkey:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\ **xx**.0\Outlook\AutoDiscover\RedirectServers

    Note

    You can also use the following registry subkey:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Office\\<xx.0>\Outlook\AutoDiscover\RedirectServers
    Where <xx.0> is 14.0 for Outlook 2010, 15.0 for Outlook 2013, and 16.0 for Outlook 2016, Outlook for Office 365 and Outlook 2019.

  4. Select the Edit menu, point to New, and then select String Value.

  5. Type the name of the HTTPS server to which AutoDiscover can be redirected without prompting for confirmation from the user, and then press Enter. For example, to allow redirection to https://adatum.com, the first String Value (REG_SZ) name would be:

    adatum.com

    Note

    In Outlook 2010 the name of the server is case-sensitive. In Outlook 2013 and Outlook 2016, it is not case-sensitive.

  6. There is no need to add text to the Value data box. The Data column should remain empty for the string values that you create.

  7. To add additional HTTPS servers to which AutoDiscover can be redirected without displaying a warning, repeat steps 4 and 5 for each server.

  8. On the File menu, select Exit to exit Registry Editor.

References

For more information about the Autodiscover service, see Overview of the Autodiscover Service.