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How do I encrypt the contents of a config file to use on multiple machines

Posted on 2013-06-02
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I have a script that sends a report daily from multiple machines via gmail.  The script needs to input the username and password when emailing the report.  I do not want to store the credentials in plain text and have found a way of storing them as a secure string, not perfect but at least it is not in plain text.  

From reading it looks like I cannot deploy a single config file on multiple machine, different Worgroups/Domains etc. because the encryption uses local security keys and is tied to the userid that created the secure string.

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I am looking for a simple process to create a config file that can be reused across multiple environments and keep the UserID and password encrypted.

I know this is not completely secure but am willing to deal with possible fallout.
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Andrej Pirman earned 500 total points
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Well, I do not have an option to test, but here are few examples.
This is for using Active Directory to store and retrieve password as an encrypted hash:
http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/networking/powershell-code-to-store-user-credentials-encrypted-for-re-use/5817

And a similar one with examples, how to store password to a file and read it, all secured with hash.
http://www.activexperts.com/activmonitor/windowsmanagement/powershell10/0029/

It will work all across windows domain.
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Use truecrypt.  Truecrypt Website
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