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Sep
5
BitLocker Encrypted Drive: Unable to Unlock
Posted by Reprinted Article on 05 September 2013 02:53 PM

We have a number of external BitLocker encrypted drives that we use to tote around our business data with.

After plugging one of the drives into our newly stood up system with Windows Server 2012 RTM being slowly configured as a desktop we hit this:

image

Normally, a BitLocker encrypted drive gets plugged into any Windows Vista and above operating system and a prompt happens to unlock it for full access.

Double clicking on the drive in Explorer did nothing. Nada. Zippo.

In the end we had missed installing the BitLocker components on the machine:

image

Note that a restart would be required once the installer routine completed.

Sure enough, after the reboot we were prompted for the pass phrase after double clicking on the drive’s icon:

image

With BitLocker now included in Windows 8 Pro there is no reason why organizations that do move their desktop operating system platforms over to Windows 8 should not use BitLocker to encrypt every system and external storage device by default.

In fact, for any organization that has sensitive data housed on their systems the only thing stopping the migration to Windows 8 Professional would be Line of Business applications ... maybe. One could work around that with application virtualization or RemoteApps depending on the LoB.

The tools for BitLocker management are also available in Windows Server as well as a part of the Desktop OS Software Assurance and MDOP offering.

And one more thing: With the horsepower that today’s systems offer whole disk encryption as opposed to encrypting only contents is always the best option. BitLocker Content Only Encryption is a new feature in Windows 8.

Philip Elder
MPECS Inc.
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

Chef de partie in the SMBKitchen
Find out more at
www.thirdtier.net/enterprise-solutions-for-small-business/

Windows Live Writer


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Sep
5
BitLocker Encrypted Drive: Unable to Unlock
Posted by Reprinted Article on 05 September 2013 02:53 PM

We have a number of external BitLocker encrypted drives that we use to tote around our business data with.

After plugging one of the drives into our newly stood up system with Windows Server 2012 RTM being slowly configured as a desktop we hit this:

image

Normally, a BitLocker encrypted drive gets plugged into any Windows Vista and above operating system and a prompt happens to unlock it for full access.

Double clicking on the drive in Explorer did nothing. Nada. Zippo.

In the end we had missed installing the BitLocker components on the machine:

image

Note that a restart would be required once the installer routine completed.

Sure enough, after the reboot we were prompted for the pass phrase after double clicking on the drive’s icon:

image

With BitLocker now included in Windows 8 Pro there is no reason why organizations that do move their desktop operating system platforms over to Windows 8 should not use BitLocker to encrypt every system and external storage device by default.

In fact, for any organization that has sensitive data housed on their systems the only thing stopping the migration to Windows 8 Professional would be Line of Business applications ... maybe. One could work around that with application virtualization or RemoteApps depending on the LoB.

The tools for BitLocker management are also available in Windows Server as well as a part of the Desktop OS Software Assurance and MDOP offering.

And one more thing: With the horsepower that today’s systems offer whole disk encryption as opposed to encrypting only contents is always the best option. BitLocker Content Only Encryption is a new feature in Windows 8.

Philip Elder
MPECS Inc.
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

Chef de partie in the SMBKitchen
Find out more at
www.thirdtier.net/enterprise-solutions-for-small-business/

Windows Live Writer


Read more »



Jul
31
Blackhat 2013 – NSA General Alexander’s Keynote
Posted by Reprinted Article on 31 July 2013 05:41 PM

The director of the NSA, General Alexander, gave a keynote address at the Blackhat conference.

Mark Maunder gives a good overview of the speech along with his thoughts around it.

The blog post is a good read and a link to an audio recording of the speech is at the bottom of the post.

But in all seriousness, headlines seen lately that the latest leaks are hurting US based Cloud businesses should be expected. Not only that, but folks need to keep in mind that pretty much all countries have some sort of monitoring agency or agencies in place.

So, again the question is begged: Who owns the data and has access to it the moment it leaves the on-premises setup?

EDIT: Hat Tip: Susan Bradley

Philip Elder
MPECS Inc.
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

Chef de partie in the SMBKitchen
Find out more at
www.thirdtier.net/enterprise-solutions-for-small-business/

Windows Live Writer


Read more »



Jul
31
Blackhat 2013 – NSA General Alexander’s Keynote
Posted by Reprinted Article on 31 July 2013 05:41 PM

The director of the NSA, General Alexander, gave a keynote address at the Blackhat conference.

Mark Maunder gives a good overview of the speech along with his thoughts around it.

The blog post is a good read and a link to an audio recording of the speech is at the bottom of the post.

But in all seriousness, headlines seen lately that the latest leaks are hurting US based Cloud businesses should be expected. Not only that, but folks need to keep in mind that pretty much all countries have some sort of monitoring agency or agencies in place.

So, again the question is begged: Who owns the data and has access to it the moment it leaves the on-premises setup?

EDIT: Hat Tip: Susan Bradley

Philip Elder
MPECS Inc.
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

Chef de partie in the SMBKitchen
Find out more at
www.thirdtier.net/enterprise-solutions-for-small-business/

Windows Live Writer


Read more »



Jun
28
Some Early Morning, Well Okay it’s Early Here, Secure Browsing Related Reading
Posted by Reprinted Article on 28 June 2013 10:05 AM

After posting about the Flash Cache clearing that we usually do via the online control panel we thought it would be a good idea to post some reading on safe browsing habits in general.

Security MVP Harry Waldron obliged a request for pointers with the following blog posts:

The following are pointers for Microsoft properties:

The following article has some excellent tips on social networking:

Have a great long weekend for those of us celebrating Canada Day Weekend and have a great Independence Day celebration/break next week to our US readers!

Thanks for reading. :)

Philip Elder
MPECS Inc.
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

Chef de partie in the SMBKitchen
Find out more at
www.thirdtier.net/enterprise-solutions-for-small-business/

Windows Live Writer


Read more »



Jun
28
Some Early Morning, Well Okay it’s Early Here, Secure Browsing Related Reading
Posted by Reprinted Article on 28 June 2013 10:05 AM

After posting about the Flash Cache clearing that we usually do via the online control panel we thought it would be a good idea to post some reading on safe browsing habits in general.

Security MVP Harry Waldron obliged a request for pointers with the following blog posts:

The following are pointers for Microsoft properties:

The following article has some excellent tips on social networking:

Have a great long weekend for those of us celebrating Canada Day Weekend and have a great Independence Day celebration/break next week to our US readers!

Thanks for reading. :)

Philip Elder
MPECS Inc.
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

Chef de partie in the SMBKitchen
Find out more at
www.thirdtier.net/enterprise-solutions-for-small-business/

Windows Live Writer


Read more »




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