TSL in MS Outlook 2000 without Exchange Server

Posted on 2006-05-16
Last Modified: 2010-08-05
One of the firms I work for has been tasked to utilize TSL for messaging via Outlook 2000. They do not use MS Exchange Server, but POP hosted offsite.

Can I just get the certificate(s) from VeriSign or other cert vendor per each workstation?

Or is Exchange a required element? I have been working on an upgrade for them but they are resisting.

Thank you.
Question by:milton-lee
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    I think you mean SSL.  "TLS" would tpyically be used between servers - not from client to server.  And in that case you would need to ensure that POP/SMTP via SSL is available from the hosted email server.  Once you determine it is you can just go into the account properties and tell it to use SSL and make sure it is using the right ports.

    Author Comment

    This is the message from the vendor:

    "Please let us know by June 1, 2006, if your email Server has the Transport Layer Security ("TLS") Certification (see Note * below).  If it does, please send a copy of the Certificate to me (Fax# and address below), if your Server does not have TLS, please advise immediately for further instructions.

    Important:  Since TLS is a "standard", the actual requirements for supporting it are defined in the RFC ("Request for Comments").   There are too many mail systems out there to generate a list of systems that support TLS.  Since TLS is a "standard" and not a proprietary technology, your e-mail administrator should know whether or not your system supports TLS."

    So, I guess that without Exchange, we cannot comply witht his request, unless it can be coinfigured for SSL?

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    Expert Comment

    No, TLS is not bound to exchange systems only.  In the case of email, it is merely a mechanism for email servers to talk to each other in a more secure fashion.  There shouldnt be any need for giving certificates out to anyone else.  

    Is that message from the company that runs your email server or do you run it?  Please explain in detail.

    Author Comment

    the message is from a vendor that requires our compliance.

    out server, is just a hosted site on the web.
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    you should instead be talking to your email provider in that case.

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