BitLocker™ Technical Overview — Now Available

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It’s been a while since WinHEC 2005, and it was time for a meaningful refresh of our BitLocker docs. In an effort to crystallize the product functionality in one relatively short, yet technical document, I have updated the BitLocker Technical Overview available on


This document is intended for IT administrators and advanced users to help them understand the different authentication scenarios offered. The document includes the following:

  • The different requirements for installing BitLocker Drive Encryption
  • An architectural overview
  • A section on servers
  • A section on data volumes
  • Information about the product’s lifecyclefrom install to retirement
  • Information about the different authentication scenarios offered (what is TPM-only and what is TPM+StartupKey)
  • Information about the different recovery mechanisms available in case something goes wrong

-- Tony Ureche

  • What are the steps to initiate BitLocker from Active Directory?

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