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Enable bitlocker on a virtual machine (ESXI 5.1)?

Posted on 2014-08-26
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Last Modified: 2014-09-01

I use truecrypt for a while now. I put my sensitive data in a truecrypt container and mount it on a virtual machine when needed.
Now the truecrypt-site mentions: http://truecrypt.sourceforge.net/ "This page exists only to help migrate existing data encrypted by TrueCrypt."

So they suggest to move to vhd of Microsoft. Now I did enable it on my virtual machine but ... it has no TPM chip, so my questions:

-can bitlocker be enable on a virtual machine?
-if yes (I could enable its feature), how does it work without TPM?
-can I protect it, just as a truecrypt-volume with a password?
-can I prevent an automount and enable mount via command line?
-if I cannot use bitlocker, what else should I use then (instead of truecrypt)?

Please advise.
Question by:janhoedt
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Bitlocker - Yes, it can be used on a VMware virtual machine, using a floppy disk image!

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Not sure what you mean by using a floppy disk image.
Seemed to work out of the box but now the disk was corrupt. Not sure what the root cause was.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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You create a floppy disk image, when setting up bit locker on a drive, and you leave the floppy disk in the drive when starting the VM, you can store the key on this floppy drive. You can also use USB flash drives, but we've always found floppy drive images easier for key storage.

At OS Boot, it will ask you for a password to unlock the drive.

the floppy disk is a virtual floppy, disk!

because a virtual machine has no TPM chip, you can change the Policy for the OS, to Allow BitLocker without a compatible TPM chip."

Lots of options exist in the Local Policy to tune Bitlocker.

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