Windows Client Migration
How to Bypass BitLocker (In Case of Emergency)
If you ask me, BitLocker ranks as one of Windows 7's most business-critical features. In fact, last year I referred to it as "the single best reason...
If you ask me, BitLocker ranks as one of Windows 7's most business-critical features. In fact, last year I referred to it as "the single best reason to deploy Windows 7."
With BitLocker, you can easily and seamlessly encrypt users' hard drives. By doing so, the chances of a lost or stolen laptop causing company-wide calamity drop significantly.
However, 4sysops' Michael Pietroforte raises an interesting question: what happens if there's a system glitch that prevents Windows from booting? "Imagine," he says, "that a high-ranking manager comes to your office in the morning, telling you that her laptop doesn't boot up and that she has important data on the encrypted system disk that she desperately needs later today. Ah, and by the way, her flight leaves in an hour. What will you do?"
The answer, he goes on to explain, is to boot using a flash drive that has Windows PE, unlock the encrypted drive, then retrieve the critical data.
That only works, however, if you create a Windows PE installation using the Windows Automated Installaton Kit (WAIK). For a complete step-by-step on how to do so, read Pietroforte's post on unlocking BitLocker under Windows PE.
While you're at it, check out his post on why your whole organization should use BitLocker.