How to recreate the BPOS Outlook profile

The Microsoft Online Services Sign In client does a once-only configuration of Outlook when you first sign in to create a BPOS profile. If that profile is subsequently deleted, Outlook will refuse to start with “The profile name is not valid”, but the Sign In client gives you no option to recreate the profile.

You can quickly recreate a deleted profile using the following command:

outlook.exe /importprf "\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Sign In\Config\<email address>\outlook-configuration.prf"
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Microsoft BPOS Admin UX Fail

Attempting to verify a domain for Microsoft BPOS (cloud-hosted Exchange & Sharepoint) and this gem pops up.

Domain Verification Error

Giving multiple possible reasons for failure without indicating which one it was is pure laziness on the part of the developer. There is no way I can tell if the domain has been validated by someone else – that’s information that only Microsoft has. A modicum of extra effort to detect mistyped CNAME records would also signifcantly add to the usability of this process.

 

Domain Verification Error

Attempting to verify a domain for Microsoft BPOS (cloud-hosted Exchange/Sharepoint).