The Autodiscover Publishing and Lookup SOAP-Based Web Service Protocol is used to send request-response messages for retrieving user settings configuration information. Clients use this protocol and the Autodiscover service (autodiscovery) to obtain specific configuration settings by passing in their email addresses as simple strings.
The Autodiscover service can then be used to discover and configure internal and external URLs for the server's web services during profile setup and later sessions with the computer that has the Client Access server role installed.
Sections 1.8, 2, and 3 of this specification are normative and can contain the terms MAY, SHOULD, MUST, MUST NOT, and SHOULD NOT as defined in [RFC2119]. Sections 1.5 and 1.9 are also normative but do not contain those terms. All other sections and examples in this specification are informative.