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Autoconfiguration template for mails
« on: September 11, 2015, 05:18:33 PM »
Hello everybody!

After looking on search engines, I have seen that it's possible to make a system that help unexperienced users to configure their mail servers by simply putting their email address and password (in Outlook, per exemple).

In fact, the software takes a look into the DNS records of the mail adress domain and check that there is a file called "autoconfig.xml", then, after reading this following file, the software copies the requested servers names and ports and validate the mail configuration without any manual technical config.

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<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<clientConfig version="1.1">
  <emailProvider id="hbis.fr">
    <domain>hbis.fr</domain>
    <displayName>mail server</displayName>
    <displayShortName>mail server</displayShortName>
    <incomingServer type="imap">
      <hostname>mail.hbis.fr</hostname>
      <port>143</port>
      <socketType>STARTTLS</socketType>
      <username>%EMAILADDRESS%</username>
      <authentication>password-cleartext</authentication>
    </incomingServer>
    <incomingServer type="pop3">
      <hostname>mail.hbis.fr</hostname>
      <port>995</port>
      <socketType>SSL</socketType>
      <authentication>password-cleartext</authentication>
      <username>%EMAILADDRESS%</username>
    </incomingServer>
    <outgoingServer type="smtp">
      <hostname>mail.hbis.fr</hostname>
      <port>587</port>
      <socketType>STARTTLS</socketType>
      <authentication>password-cleartext</authentication>
      <username>%EMAILADDRESS%</username>
    </outgoingServer>
  </emailProvider>
</clientConfig>

Source: https://blog.hbis.fr/2012/11/05/thunderbird-autoconfig/ (in French!)

After 2 years using ISPConfig, I managed to migrate all the websites, DNS, mails and other stuffs to CentOS Web Panel (because there is less to do than in ISPConfig and some functions are awesome). So I wonder if it is possible to make an addon like this stuff for ISPConfig: https://github.com/cfoellmann/ISPC-resources/tree/master/guides/autodiscover

So, we can add this kind of addon and make sure our clients will no longer have to call any assistance for setting up their emails :-)

What do you think about this idea? I just found it and it looks nice!