Professional Edition Only

SafeHouse ActiveX Component

SafeHouse Professional includes an ActiveX component which is registered with Windows when the product is initially installed. This component can be used by programmers to gain access to a variety of SafeHouse's features, making it possible to automate many of the product's functions using custom scripts and programming.


Module:    SafeHouseCOM.dll

ProgID:    SafeHouseCOM.SafeHouseUtility

Threading: Apartment

Interface: Dual, supporting both late and early binding.

SafeHouse Utilities Designed for Scripting

The following executables found in the SafeHouse program files folder support a rich set of command line options that are so complete that you can practically do anything through scripting that you can otherwise do from the standard SafeHouse dialogs. This includes creating new volumes, opening and closing volumes, as well as resizing them.

TIP:  Running the SafeHouse utilities silently without a window requires using the /SILENT and /GO command line options in addition to the usual parameters required by each utility. When you specify these options and are not missing any other required options, the SafeHouse utilities will not display and visual user interface.

Using the SafeHouse ActiveX Component from Visual Basic

Before using the ActiveX component with Visual Basic you must first set a reference to the module in Visual Basic as you would with any other COM component that you might choose to work with. Once you set a reference, you can access the component as shown below.


Dim sAboutText as String

Dim SafeHouse As New SAFEHOUSECOMLib.SafeHouseUtility

sAboutText = SafeHouse.About

Property: About

Returns a string indicating the version of the ActiveX module.

Property: DriverVersion

Returns a string with the version of the SafeHouse device driver in the form "3.00.000", or if not loaded, then "0.0.0".

Property: MappedDriveLetters

Returns string with list of the drive letters currently in use by open SafeHouse volumes. If there aren't any open volumes, then an empty string is returned.


If SafeHouse has three open volumes using drive letters D, E and F, this property would return "DEF" as the property value.

Function: GetVolumeFilepathFromDriveLetter

Returns the filepath for the volume associated with the mapped drive letter. If no volume is mapped to this letter, then returns empty string.


GetVolumeFilepathFromDriveLetter(DriveLetter as String) as String


Calling this function as shown below might return a string such as "c:\SafeHouse\Test.sdsk".


Function: ExecuteProgram

Executes the specified application with command line and working directory by calling the Win32 CreateProcess() API. Wait is a flag which is used to specify if the function should return immediately (False), or if it should Wait (True) for the application to terminate, and then return the application ExitCode. If Wait is False, then you will not be able to obtain the exit code since this function will return prior to the code becoming available.


ExecuteProgram(Application as String, CmdLine as String, WorkingDir as String, Wait as Boolean) as Integer

Application is the filepath to the program to execute. Although this function was intended to make it easy to invoke the SafeHouse utilities, it could in fact be used to invoke any standard Windows executable.

If Wait is set to False, the return code from this function is always 0. See SafeHouse Exit Codes for a complete list of possible return values.

CmdLine and WorkingDir may be empty strings if not needed.


The following example will close all open SafeHouse volumes without displaying any visual interface or sounds. Since the /force option is included, the volumes will be closed even if they have open files. Notice that /silent and /go are used to keep SafeHouse from displaying its dialog.

Dim Result as Integer

Result = SafeHouse.ExecuteProgram("c:\Program Files\SafeHouse\SDWMAP32.EXE", "/unmap=all /silent /go /force /sound=0", "", True)

Function: GetVolumeProperties

This function retrieves a number of properties about a specified volume file and returns it as an XML string. This may be useful when using custom programming to track volumes. The information returned includes elements indicating things such as serial numbers, administrator groups, file size, password policies and other general attributes.

The resulting XML document does not contain any information which can be used to breach the data in your volumes.


GetVolumeProperties(VolumeFilepath as String, XmlOutputFile as String) as Integer

Returns 0 when successful. Any other value indicates failure. When successful, the XML output string variable will be filled with the requested XML document.

CmdLine and WorkingDir may be empty strings if not needed.

Function: PerformLocalPasswordReset

This function can be used to reset the normal user password for a volume. It performs identically to the dialog-based features in SafeHouse for performing local administrator password resets. This is simply an alternate method to accomplish the same task for projects which use custom programming to work with SafeHouse volumes.

To use this feature, SafeHouse groups must be enabled for the volume and you must know the administrator password for its respective group.


PerformLocalPasswordReset(VolumeFilepath as String, AdminPassword as String, NewPassword as String) as Integer

Returns 0 when successful. Any other value indicates failure.


The following example uses your administrator password to change the user password for the volume to MyNewPassword.

Dim Result as Integer

Result = SafeHouse.PeformLocalPasswordReset("c:\SafeHouse\SafeHouse.sdsk", "MyAdminPassword", "MyNewPassword")


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