Handling Non-ASCII Characters in Domain Names - 04 Sep 2007

Can Microsoft Exchange Server handle non-ASCII characters in domain names?

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has updated the Requests for Comments (RFCs) that govern permissible characters in DNS names. Therefore, names such as Étudiant.fr and møller.no are now legal, assuming that your DNS client and server support them. Exchange and Microsoft Outlook, however, don't currently support such names. RFC 3490 (http://www.rfc-archive.org/getrfc.php?rfc=3490) explains how applications can convert non-ASCII characters to an ASCII representation, but at the time of this writing, Microsoft has no plans to modify Exchange or Outlook to do so.

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