While attempting to configure an Outlook client with an Exchange mailbox I ran into an issue where the account creation would not complete. Instead, Outlook would stop on “Search for server settings” and prompt me for a username and password. The credentials of my Exchange account did not work and kicked back the login prompt.
When I attempted to test Autodiscover using testconnectivity.microsoft.com I ran into an even stranger error. Autodiscover appeared to work. But I received the error “No account settings were returned from the Autodiscover response”.
Examining the Autodiscover response I noticed that the test was successfully completing against the root of supertekboy.com. This was odd as supertekboy.com is redirected to the website www.supertekboy.com where no Autodiscover responses should be happening.
However, when attempting to plug the Autodiscover URL into a web browser I found that something was responding to Autodiscover requests. It was responding with an error of “Autodiscovery must be provided a valid email address”.
This isn’t an Exchange or Office 365 autodiscover response. Instead this was my web hosting provider responding to my Autodiscover request. Specifically, cPanel. cPanel has its own implementation of autodiscover, which allows Outlook and other email clients to automatically configure themselves for a cPanel mailbox. Unfortunately, this conflicts with autodiscover locating an Exchange or Office 365 mailbox. [Read more…] about No account settings were returned from the Autodiscover response