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PGP Virtual Disk and Outlook pst files

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Working with an XP SP2 laptop and PGP Desktop.

We have created a virtual disk that contains various folders that we want to have encrypted.  

We would also like to encypt the Outlook.pst file so that emails and attachments are also secure.

Anyone have experience with using Outlook with an encrpted pst file?

Note: Outlook is standalone... no Exchange server in the picture.

Thanks
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Hi havent actually encrypted the pst file itself before and im not sure thats exactly what you mean or are looking to do?

Are you ensuring the mails when they leave the machine are encrypted as PGP works well at that although you need to ensure that the person recieving the mails at the other end has teh decryption software and the relevant key for decryption

if you are looking to encryp juist the local pst file and not teh mails as they go out you can actually configure the pst to rquire a password for entry, although this does limit the amount of compression you can apply to the pst. Check out the below link and scroll down to security settings at the end of the KB.

please not EFS cannot be used on .pst files

http://support.microsoft.com/?id=829971

if this hasnt helped you let me know and ill come back and see where we go from there,

jay
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Thaniks for the reply.  I am not encrypting the outbound emails at this point.  

The concern is just the local pst file in the event of theft of the laptop.

We already own PGP Desktop Pro - so we can use that to encrypt any files and folders we wish... but the pst is not an "ordinary file" - so I have some concerns about what the other implications may be.

I am aware of the option of putting a password on the pst file... but also aware that this is easy to crack as well.

Was not aware of the pst restriction for EFS, so good to know... but we have no plans to use EFS at this point.

Ideally, I would like to know if any of the experts are using the Virtual Disk option in PGP and who have placed the PST file in the Virtual Disk.

Thank you
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I wouldnt recommend doing that as the only time the virtual disk can be accessed is when the virtual drive is mounted so wouldnt be wholly available at all times. The way we use the virtual disks here is to dis mount when not in use to add an extra layer of security but not necessarily a must do

Of course as long if the volume is always mounted then you shouldnt have any issues.

best advioce I can offer would be to run a test to see if it works successfully, i agree the password is not teh cleanest solution as can be cracked and now i know what you are trying to do is easier!!
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Our first attempt ran into some problems that were more related to our moving the pst file to the Virtual Disk area.

Will be trying again and posting back.
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ok bud ill keep the question in my monitored queue
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Just an update... still plan to test this... just some other fires burning at the moment.
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any update
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Probably a few weeks away from getting to this, as priorities have shifted.  We can close here and I will give you the points as I appreciate the comments and followup.

I can post back later with the results.
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