Security Restriction Seriously Hampers Outlook Automation

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Joe Pride

My organization recently upgraded all our machines to Vista Enterprise and

Office Professional 2007. I had a Visual Basic script in a Microsoft Access

database, basically a phone and email tree, that I used to be able to use to

automatically generate emails in order to brief a large number of our

staffers from a tailor-made query on short notice.

The security update in Outlook 2007 is blocking it entirely. When I create

an Outlook Mail Item and then use the item.Recipients.Add(Address as String)

method to add all my recipients to the Mail Item, I get a 287 error.

I understand the need to control Outlook automation in VBA, but couldn't

that still be done using the "Another application is trying to access your

email" alert box that used to come up and the five-second send delay? I

submit that there must be a middle ground where the user can exercise control

over the emails being sent, instead of getting a fatal error and crashing.

There are workarounds, but they require installing DLL's on every computer or

inserting VBA script into every user's Outlook macros. Could this perhaps be

addressed in a future Windows Update patch?

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Outlook 2007 has always had the functionality to allow automation if a valid

anti-virus application is running. If you're hitting security issues in

Outlook 2007, the possible reasons are that you do not have an up-to-date

anti-virus application running on the machine, the network administrator is

controlling your security settings, or the programmatic access setting is

wrong. What do you see in Tools | Trust Center | Programmatic Access?

Sue Mosher

"Joe Pride" <Joe Pride> wrote in message

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> My organization recently upgraded all our machines to Vista Enterprise and
> Office Professional 2007. I had a Visual Basic script in a Microsoft
> Access
> database, basically a phone and email tree, that I used to be able to use
> to
> automatically generate emails in order to brief a large number of our
> staffers from a tailor-made query on short notice.

> The security update in Outlook 2007 is blocking it entirely. When I create
> an Outlook Mail Item and then use the item.Recipients.Add(Address as
> String)
> method to add all my recipients to the Mail Item, I get a 287 error.

> I understand the need to control Outlook automation in VBA, but couldn't
> that still be done using the "Another application is trying to access your
> email" alert box that used to come up and the five-second send delay? I
> submit that there must be a middle ground where the user can exercise
> control
> over the emails being sent, instead of getting a fatal error and crashing.
> There are workarounds, but they require installing DLL's on every computer
> or
> inserting VBA script into every user's Outlook macros. Could this perhaps
> be
> addressed in a future Windows Update patch?
 
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