Set up Windows Server Essentials 2012R2 to require client bitlocker encryption.

We have 4 clients (Windows 7 and 8) hooked up to a Windows Server Essentials 2012R2.  The server was set up by someone inexperienced, and I know that it was not set up perfectly.

My question:  I want to set group policies so all the clients have to turn on bitlocker encryption, but I am not sure the right way to do it.
NinEliAbeAsked:
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McKnifeConnect With a Mentor Commented:
7 pro doesn't, no. So even less than four to go. I doubt that jt will pay out if you use GPOs then. Shouldn't be done while users could shutdown the system, either, another reason to do it manually.
simply use manage-bde.exe to backup the keys to AD.
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McKnifeCommented:
Do you have win7 ultimate or enterprise? That's required for bitlocker.
If I were you, I'd encrypt manually with only four devices.
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NinEliAbeAuthor Commented:
I was hoping to centralize the decryption process,  so I wouldn't have to keep track of (and worry about users protecting) decryption codes.  Is it much more complicated to do it through GPO?  Win7 Pro doesn't support bitlocker?
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NinEliAbeAuthor Commented:
Many thanks.  One final question.  Someone who doesn't know a lot set up some machines using bitlocker, and those machines require a bitlocker key whenever they are started, before they get out of the monochrome pre-windows stage of launch.  Is that how it is supposed to be?  I would be happy if one started normally, and the encryption were only an issue if you tried to access the hard drive without logging in to Windows.
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McKnifeCommented:
You are talking about transparent encryption. That would be possible on machines that have a tpm chip. Those can be setup to use only the TPM for protection and no password or PIN or USB key.
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NinEliAbeAuthor Commented:
Definitive and rapid.  Thanks.
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