When setting up a domain name manually


In case you didn’t realize this… those Autodiscover DNS records that I showcased by Godaddy… I never did a thing to do all that.  Well, I take that back.  I did do something… I used the Set up your Internet Address wizard to purchase a domain through Godaddy, Enom or Registrar.com, the DNS records you need for the magic of autodiscover are magically done for you.  All of that setup grid that I have was done automagically by the purchasing of the domain name wizard.

The only time you need to worry about the SRV and the MX and all that stuff is when you have an existing domain, existing mail setup (most likely with SBS 2003) and you are sliding in the new SBS 2008 box.

Service: _autodiscover
Protocol: _tcp
Priority: 0
Weight: 0
Port: 443
Target host: remote.contoso.com
Enables Office Outlook 2007 with Service Pack 1 and Windows Mobile 6.1 e-mail clients to automatically detect and configure Outlook Anywhere (RPC over HTTP).

If you are migrating over, make sure that record is up at your Domain name company pointing back to the IP address of your server.


When you say you are going to manage the domain name yourself, understand this means that you need to go to the domain name record site and ensure all those records are up there.

2 Thoughts on “When setting up a domain name manually

  1. Steve Dimestico on January 6, 2009 at 1:34 pm said:

    I am setting up my first SBS 2008 box having most of my clients on SBS 2003. The box I am setting up has an existing domain managed by AT&T Dns servers. (not on the list) If I choose to continue to use them to manage the domain, do I need to setup additional record for autodiscover on their servers?

    Is it required also to have remote.domainname as the public address name or can the existing mail.domainame be used.

    In other words if I have an existing domain with mail.domainname pointing to my existing server IP and an mx record pointing to mail.domainname what more do I need to do with the SBS 2008 box to configure it.


    Steve Dimestico (sdimestico@solutionetics.com)

  2. Susan – you rock! Thanks for this information.

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