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DikLangan-1190 asked ChristyZhang-MSFT commented

We have moved our email from Google to another host but Outlook thinks it is still Google

This appears to be the same problem as the following issue:

EXCEPT I have not moved our domain to M365 but to a different email host. Therefore the solutions offered here do not work (logging on to MyDrive would be a nonsense as our new host is not Microsoft).

As mentioned by @JenBurnett-2424 this happens across all devices including a brand new laptop (literally unpacked yesterday) that had Office 2021 installed and then tried to connect - it immediately asked for the Google login.

My domain moved and the DNS propagated on Wednesday, I told everyone to leave it until yesterday to be sure the autodiscover/autoconfig service change propagated across the whole internet and it certainly has (if I connect using Thunderbird or Bluemail it picks up the account settings fine, no need to mess around with manual config, even Gmail on my phone only asks for the server names but then connects fine).

So why is outlook still using an old copy of the autodiscover/autoconfig that pointed to Google? Does it cache it somewhere on YOUR servers (remember: this happened on a brand new laptop, fresh out of the box last night - the only place it could get the autodiscover info from is your systems).

This feels like a defect - someone somewhere made an assumption about the lifespan of autodiscover settings and is storing them at Microsoft but not refreshing the information inline with DNS changes.

Our domain is though I have removed it from the screenshots just because

Here are some screenshots of exactly what happens:

So please do try it - just open Outlook, use File>"+ Add account", enter {anything} at and click next.


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Hi @DikLangan-1190 ,

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What about adding your account in a new profile(Control Panel>Mail>Show Profiles>add)?

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First a little background:
as the administrator for this organisation I have been assisting a lot of users with transferring their emails from the old system to the new one. I do this by opening both and simply dragging-dropping the emails from one account to the other then waiting for the new account to complete sync. That all works (with the issue above making it very difficult to set up the connections to the new account to the point where I have to add an alias to each account on the new system and access the new account using the alias).

So here's the observation:
But, I have found something that points to there being a cache somewhere that is not in the "RoamCache" folder (I have deleted the contents of RoamCache as suggested in the response to the linked question). When I go to add a new account I spotted that the "Email address" box on the first pop-up keeps defaulting to the email address of the first account I worked on in this manner - I have been ignoring this, but trying to get to the bottom of this issue I have been looking closer and now I realise that this "Email address" field on the first pop-up is in fact a combo-box and if I click the arrow next to it I see a full list of all the accounts I have worked on in Outlook since it was installed with just 2 exceptions (two of my three personal email accounts, one Hotmail and one Gmail).
The exceptions are not the point here, what is strange is where is Outlook populating this list from? I have removed all these accounts and their associated OST files and yet this list persists - I do wonder if the source of this list is not just of accounts but also the server settings I used to connect to them at the time. Then perhaps this is also where Outlook is making a leap of faith and finding another account in this list of the same domain as the one I am adding and jumps to the conclusion that the connection settings must be the same?!

Here's the next problem:
How do I clear the source of this list? If I could clear the list then maybe I would clear Outlooks "knowledge" of the old Gmail server settings for my domain and get it to autodiscover the new server.
And if that works then I have also proven that this is the source of the failing autodiscover :)


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