Installing the security package

The following is tip #7 from "20 Tips on securing Outlook in 20 minutes."

The following is tip #7 from "20 Tips on securing Outlook in 20 minutes," excerpted from a chapter in Paul Robichaux's book, Secure Messaging with Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 © 2004, published by Microsoft Press. Return to the main page for more tips on this topic.


The administrative tools for the Outlook Security Update consist of several files (including documentation) that are normally packaged as a single executable, Admpack.exe, which can be installed from the Office Resource Kit CD or the Office product CD. You can also download it from the Office Resource Kit Toolbox site. You should probably download it to ensure that you're getting the most current version.

The two administrative files that you will work with are the following:

  • OutlookSecurity.oft, the published Outlook form that you use to post messages in the public folder; in and of itself, this template doesn't provide any security.
  • Hashctl.dll, the file for the Trusted Code control, a tool used by the template to specify which COM add-ins you trust to run within Outlook (remember, this only applies to Outlook 2002 and later versions).

To install the Outlook security package, run Admpack.exe. When you run Admpack, it installs the necessary files to a location you specify. However, you still have to use those files to implement the necessary security settings.


Get more "20 Tips on securing Outlook in 20 minutes!" Return to the main page.

About the author: Paul Robichaux is a partner at 3sharp LLC, author of several books on Exchange, Windows, and security, a Microsoft MVP for Exchange Server and a frequent speaker and presenter at IT industry conferences. He's written software for everyone from the U.S. National Security Agency to scientists flying their experiments aboard the Space Shuttle, fixed helicopters in the desert and spent way too much time playing video games.

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