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Manually Configuring Outlook for Office 365 (Exchange 2013)

With the new version of Office 365 on the Exchange 2013 platform, Microsoft really recommends using Autodiscover for client configuration and connectivity.  There may be some instances during coexistence where Autodiscover cannot be changed/redirected. The following are the steps in order to gather and configure Outlook manually.  This manual configuration is on a per user basis by obtaining the user’s ExchangeGUID using PowerShell.

  1. Open the Windows Azure Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell and log into your tenant.
  2. Type the following to retrieve a detailed output of all users (managed and federated) created or synchronized.

Get-Recipient –ResultSize unlimited | Export-CSV C:\MBXNames.csv

  1. Open the MBXNames.csv.  Search for the user in the CSV and scroll over to the column titled ExchangeGUID.
  2. Copy the ExchangeGUID.

Open Mail within Control Panel
Create a New Outlook profile
On the Account Setup page, select “Manual setup or additional server types”. Click Next.
Select the default service “Microsoft Exchange Server or compatible service”.  Click Next.
Next to Server, past the ExchangeGuid previously copied.  Add your domain at the end.

Type in the Username (UPN).  Click on More Settings.
Click on the Security tab.  De-select “Encrypt data between Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Exchange”.
Change the “Logon network security” from Negotiate to Anonymous. (Outlook 2010 SP1 must be installed in order to select Anonymous.)

Click on the Connection tab.  Select “Connect to Microsoft Exchange using HTTP”.  Click on Exchange Proxy Settings.
Under Connection settings, type the following:
Proxy URL https:// >
Proxy Connection >
Select “On fast networks…”
Change Proxy Authentication settings to Basic
Click OK. Click Apply/Ok.  Click Next
Click Next.
In the Windows Security pop-up, type in the user’s credentials (email address/Password).  Select “Remember my credentials”.  Click Ok.
Click on Finish.
Launch Outlook and away you go!

Thoughts on “Manually Configuring Outlook for Office 365 (Exchange 2013)”

  1. Thanks very much! This information was perfect, unlike a ton of outdated articles telling you to go to OWA, click the question mark then “About” (which no longer exists) to retrieve the manual server setup. A workaround I used in the past was to set up the external autodiscover record then modify the workstation DNS to discover the 365 server. However, this works perfectly! Thanks again.

  2. Thank you very much for posting this, I’ve been looking for this solution for couple of days now

  3. In order to use the Exchange Online cmdlts, such as Get-Recipient, you will need to create a remote PowerShell session in order to connect to Exchange Online. The following is a snippet from a login script I personally use.
    $user = “”
    # This will pop-up a dialog and request your password
    $cred = Get-Credential -Credential $user
    #Imports the Local Microsoft Online PowerShell Module Cmdlets and Connect to O365 Online
    Import-Module MSOnline
    Connect-MsolService -Credential $cred
    #Establishes a Remote PowerShell Session to Exchange Online
    $msoExchangeURL = “”
    $session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri $msoExchangeURL -Credential $cred -Authentication Basic -AllowRedirection
    Import-PSSession $session

  4. Thanks you for this, saved my life when we had trouble with amending our DNS and could not get autodiscover working

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