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Windows 2000 Pro July 13, 2000
WINDOWS 2000 PRO Q&A: INSTALL THE HIGH-ENCRYPTION PACK FOR WIN2K

(contributed by Doug Toombs, doug@netarchitect.com)

Q: Our company will convert to Windows 2000 Professional soon. We typically handle highly sensitive data, so we want to make sure everyone is running the strongest possible encryption. How can we make sure everyone is using 128-bit encryption after the rollout?

A: Start by getting a copy of the high-encryption pack for Win2K. If you're in the United States (and its territories, possessions, and dependencies) or Canada, you can download the pack from

http://www.microsoft.com/isapi/redir.dll?prd=win2000&sbp=professional&ar=download&sba=crypto.

Download the redistributable version of the encryption pack and unpackage it onto your system. The main program you want to get your hands on is Encpack.exe.

You can install the encryption pack manually on each of your computers, but who wants to do that? If you're rolling out Win2K Pro through an unattended installation routine, you can install the high encryption pack at the same time you upgrade your users to Win2K. If you're familiar with the Cmdlines.txt file used in an unattended installation, you can use it to launch the command line

ENCPACK.EXE /q:a
during your upgrade. This approach silently installs the encryption pack at the end of the GUI-mode Win2K setup. You won't see any notification, but all your systems will be upgraded to 128-bit encryption.

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Last Modified: March 9, 2008