Back in the old days of windows we would use 'roaming profiles' which were very buggy and unreliable but would autoconfigure some network shares and outlook so they could start using any computer. Thankfully we no longer use roaming profiles, or windows - but want to steal some of it's functionality for use on a mac.

I have created a script which (after they login to a share that only they use) connects their required shares, does some shortcuts etc but I would like to configure their outlook365 so they can start using their outlook instantly.

Is there any method that can autoconfigure outlook for me?

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    I manage a small (mostly) Windows-based network with an on-premises Exchange 2016 server. Outlook is configured with a built in subdomain called autodiscover. EG Autodiscover.company.com (as opposed to mail.company.com). Outlook (Mac and PC) looks for that URL. So if you can set up your mail server with an Autodiscover subdomain and populate it with the info that Outlook looks for you may be able to do this. The problem comes with setting up a non-exchange server with the proper Autodiscover responses. Hopefully knowing the (very rough) basics will point you in the direction you need to go. Jun 22 '20 at 14:21
  • What @SteveChambers said. Its also built into o365 and hosted exchange. You might want to get with your o365 admin on how to do this or if that’s you, take some time to read the documentation. It’s not a Mac or a PC issue, is an o365 configuration question.
    – Allan
    Jun 22 '20 at 17:03
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    I’m voting to close this question because this question isn’t about Apple products per se, it’s about not understanding and configuring the cloud services purchased to achieve the OPs goal(s). It’s a customer support issue.
    – Allan
    Jun 22 '20 at 17:07
  • I took this as connecting a Mac with Outlook 365 to a non Exchange/outlook server to Auto-configure Outlook. If this is an Exchange server or using Outlook.com, well... contact your mail administrator as Autoconfig WILL work on a Mac with Exchange and/or Outlook Jun 22 '20 at 20:50

Absolutely. Mac administrators script this all the time. Microsoft has employees that are on the mac admin slack and publicly provides training documentation on the preferences that the Outlook app and office suite have for easing on boarding.

If that’s too dry or verbose, you can start with a much nicer package of 25 pages of wiki goodness on setting up Outlook.

I would start small and then iterate, solve little problems first and then get more complete over time as you can save time based on how many machines you are setting up. Also remember, at some point, no automation will save you time if you spend more time learning than just setting up a handful of Macs but conversely, no amount of time will be wasted if you can never set things up manually. You’ll always come out ahead in that case.

This is a well established script and you might be able to adopt someone else’s solution with just a few hours or reading or even less if you already script on macOS.

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