What is the best way to go about encrypting a Windows Server 2008?

hi experts,

 I need to secure the data of a server to protect the data from theft or hackers, I would like to encrypt the entire server. What is the best way to accomplish this?
frankbustosSystems AdministratorAsked:
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NinjaStyle82Systems AdministratorCommented:
You could look in to BitLocker:

This is Microsoft's drive encryption solution.

Is the server internet facing?

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frankbustosSystems AdministratorAuthor Commented:
yes, they user it to listen to Pandora. ok, let me check out bitlocker.
By encrypting, you prevent users from accessing the data when the server is stolen. You don't prevent network hacking that way.
Bitlocker is built-in and can be easily used if your server mainboard has a TPM chip. Has it?
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frankbustosSystems AdministratorAuthor Commented:
frank - bitlocker will not affect shared folders, user accounts or any data correct? How dows bitlocker work when the server is stolen? if the hard drive is removed it will detect that and lock? thanks for the feedback
Though you didn't answer yet, whether you have a TPM or not, which is essential, I will assume that you have a true server board that is either already equipped with one or can be armed with one you buy.
"How does bitlocker work when the server is stolen?" - If a TPM is in place as sole protector, then the server remains startable. If the thieve has no logon credentials, he cannot log on. The only way to get to the data would be a dma attack or a cold boot attack (google both, these are known terms).
Taking out the hard drive would fail because the so-called recovery key would be required when the OS loader detects that the known TPM environment is missing.
NinjaStyle82Systems AdministratorCommented:
What McKnife said. It should work file for file shares etc, but like with adding any major feature your mileage may vary. You will need to do some research if this is something you really want/need. You will probably also want to look into a TPM only BitLocker config.
frankbustosSystems AdministratorAuthor Commented:
Thank you! This is what I used.
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