Microsoft BitLocker Administration 2.0 Beta launched

As part of its TechEd conference this week, Microsoft has announced that it has released a 2.0 beta version of its Microsoft BitLocker Administration (MBAM) tools. In a new post on the Microsoft Swingboard Series blog, Microsoft's Stephen L. Rose talks about the new 2.0 beta features, including new support for Windows 8.

The 1.0 version of MBAM was released in the summer of 2011 and Microsoft has been taking feedback from its users since its launch. One change for the 2.0 version was to reduce the time that it takes to provision BitLocker to devices that uses Windows 8. Rose states:

On traditional storage disks, BitLocker and MBAM can perform Used Disk Space Only Encryption, which means that rather than encrypting the entire disk, just the portions of the disk that contain data on them will be encrypted. This can reduce the time that it takes to provision encryption to a new device by many times.

The new version also helps when IT administrators have to deal with a situation when a user loses a PIN. Rose says that MBAM 2.0 offers IT workers a kind of self-help system that should do most of the work for them without having to call Microsoft. He says:

Here at Microsoft, we experience thousands of calls per year for recovery assistance and when you combine the cost of the call, plus the cost of lost productivity, were talking about a very large expense. With MBAM 2.0, we can help customers eliminate most of that burden.

MBAM 2.0 also doesn't permit users to put in easy-to-discover PINs such as 1111 as the new beta version now adds complex PIN support.

Source: Windows Springboard Series blog

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ThaCrip said,
TrueCrypt (i.e. http://goo.gl/1K9r ) is the safer bet for system or general encryption.

give me one advantage of TrueCrypt over Bitlocker?
oh wait, none?
bitlocker is virtually uncrackable, managed easily in a network environment. and completely ties in with a windows network as if it was designed to do so.

I wouldn't trust Microsoft "security" or "encryption" with a ten foot pole. What are the odds there's NOT a backdoor in anything they make...save your breath fanboys.

Hahaiah said,
I wouldn't trust Microsoft "security" or "encryption" with a ten foot pole. What are the odds there's NOT a backdoor in anything they make...save your breath fanboys.

Tell me one system which doesn't have any backdoor.

nitins60 said,

Tell me one system which doesn't have any backdoor.

With two comments, I would have thought you could figure it out. Truecrypt is open source and it works. Besides, that's not the point.

Hahaiah said,
I wouldn't trust Microsoft "security" or "encryption" with a ten foot pole. What are the odds there's NOT a backdoor in anything they make...save your breath fanboys.

You must be joking, bitlocker is the safest system out of them all, even US government couldn't crack it