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Windows Encryption

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Hi!
I would like to know the pros and cons of using the built-in Windows encryption instead of a third party for the security (like NMS Black Whole).
I'm in an environnement where Windows XP is installed on workstations and Windows 2000 (Server) on the servers.

Thanks!
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I agree with RICHRUMBLE - You definitely must ensure a backup of the Recovery Agent

HOW TO: Encrypt Data Using EFS in Windows 2000
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;230520

Best Practices for the Encrypting File System
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;223316

Disable/Enable EFS on a Stand-Alone Windows 2000-Based Computer
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;243035

You Cannot Decrypt Files After You Reset Your Password with a Password-Reset Disk
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;308273

If you're a domain administrator - read HOW TO: Configure a Domain EFS Recovery Policy in Windows 2000
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;313365

HOW TO: Back Up the Recovery Agent Encrypting File System Private Key in Windows 2000
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=http://support.microsoft.com:80/support/kb/articles/q241/2/01.asp&NoWebContent=1

Advanced EFS Data Recovery (or simply AEFSDR) is a program to recover (decrypt) files encrypted on NTFS (EFS) partitions
http://www.elcomsoft.com/aefsdr.html

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Jorgen Malmgren
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Thanks Rich! (And Try too!)

You gave me a lot of reading, but it worths it. :)  Those are pretty good links and it gives me a much better understanding of the process.

Thanks again!
:o) Glad we could help you
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