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    Security patch trouble (O2K SR1)

    <img src=/S/help.gif border=0 alt=help width=23 height=15> <img src=/S/hairout.gif border=0 alt=hairout width=31 height=23>

    Our IT, in what could almost be called a panic over NIMDA and the likes, installed the security patch (along with IE6) on our computers. <img src=/S/scream.gif border=0 alt=scream width=15 height=15>

    Can this troublesome beast be uninstalled? Can I override the "Level 1" and "Level 2" file types? When browsing and I find a page that others might like, I "Send Page" as a link... Outlook now strips the link from the message. I use Access to automatically generate email messages... which now hang my automated processes while waiting for approval.

    I want this "helpful feature" to be a piece of history!

    I will even go so far as to completely uninstall and reinstall every bloody piece of Office if necessary. Microsoft went TOO far with this one. It's one thing if people can't take care of basic security themselves ("Ohh, what does clicking this .exe attachment do?" <img src=/S/doh.gif border=0 alt=doh width=15 height=15>) -- but it's another when Big Brother cripples us "in our own best interest".

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    Re: Security patch trouble (O2K SR1)

    does the it department want it to be history?

    1) the attachments aren't stripped - just blocked. the message is worded weird - they still get sent.

    2) you need to use exmapi or redemption - unless you use exchange server and ask the admin to pretty please give you extra rights.

    For more information on the security features, see <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.slipstick.com/outlook/esecup.htm>http://www.slipstick.com/outlook/esecup.htm</A>

    FWIW, i've been using Outlook2002 for months at both homre and work - without any workarounds for the security features, and with the exception of stamps.com triggering the access dialog, it's not that much of an annoyance - and i get a lot of exe's and scripts via email.

    Considering the damage many viruses can do, including the new WTC.exe one, "Outlook HELL" should not be removed or disabled. Our virus infections have went down drastically since installing it at work. Once we upgraded the palm sync software, the complaints dropped drastically too. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Security patch trouble (O2K SR1)

    <hr>Our IT, in what could almost be called a panic over NIMDA and the likes<hr>
    BTW - having cleaned up two servers that were protected for code red but had one open file share, the IT depart ment did not over react. Our bandwidth was all but cut off for a period from infected servers attacking us, logs filled with hundreds of hits per minute looking for cmd.exe (which was protected months ago). When we later discovered we were infected on the internal network, we took the externals servers offline for half a day while we nuke and paved. It was not fun, i can assure you. However the overtime will come in handy. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Security patch trouble (O2K SR1)

    Okie Dokie...

    I agree with the reasons for the Outlook security patch. Our company is still fighting Nimda-A...BUT...it completely trashes the functionality of several of our database applications that so neatly worked with Outlook and are innocent.

    You mentioned using exmapi or redemption. Can you give more information about these products or where to find more info? Thanks!!!

    KatK <img src=/S/hairout.gif border=0 alt=hairout width=31 height=23>

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    Re: Security patch trouble (O2K SR1)

    the link to slipstick in the other message has more information but the short version is:
    - for exchange servers, there is an custom form that can allow all or some of the blocked functions.

    - exmapi (extended mapi) is the language the mail transport in outlook uses and it access outlook at a deeper level than the object model does.

    - for non-server users, <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.dimastr.com/redemption/>redemption</A> uses exmapi to create a wrapper for the code and provides an easy way for non-mapi programmers ot work with mapi.

    one thing i forgot to mention for mail merges, using HTML message format gets around the warning.

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    Re: Security patch trouble (O2K SR1)

    Thanks Much....

    You did say, however, "easy way for non-mapi programmers ot work with mapi. " Easy????

    <img src=/S/hairy.gif border=0 alt=hairy width=15 height=15>

    Does anyone have an example of VB or VBA (prefer VBA) code using Redemption that addresses and sends mail? I can't seem to add recipients to the e-mail. Outlook uses the .Recipients.Add(strname) and then you set the Recipients.Type....just can't seem to get there... <img src=/S/surrender.gif border=0 alt=surrender width=31 height=23>

    Any and ALL help will be GREATLY appreciated.

    Tia!

    KatK

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