Tuesday, October 13, 2015

PowerShell and BitLocker : Create a Password Protected encrypted drive.

 

In the previous blog post , we discussed a little bit about BitLocker. And we  also see that how can user Get-BitLockerVolume to show us all the drives, including encrypted and non-encrypted one.

Today, we are going to see, how can we encrypt password protected drive using BitLocker Powershell module cmdlets.

When  I run the Get-BitLockerVolume cmdlet, it shows me the below output, you can see , that I have two drives are both are not encrypted.

I am interested in encrypting my Data Drive which is drive letter D:\.

Let's encrypt it.

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To encrypt a drive, we use the Enable-BitLockerVolume cmdlet

Remember: We need to create a Secure String Password, if you want to open the BitLocker encrypted drive using Password.

$pass = ConvertTo-SecureString "Passw0rd" -AsPlainText -Force

In above command, we are creating a new secure string of text, Passw0rd, this will be out password to unlock the BitLocker encrypted drive.

Enable-BitLocker -MountPoint D:\ -EncryptionMethod Aes128 -Password $pass -PasswordProtector

 

In abov command, we are using Enable-BitLocker to encrypting our drive, in -MountPoint, we are providing the drive letter of the disk which we want to encrypt, in -EncryptionMethod we are providing, which type of encryption we are going to use, it can be either Aes128 or Aes256 , in -Password we have provided the variable $pass in which our secure string is strored, and then -PasswordProtector parameter.

 

Now it the enter, you can see that the BitLocker has started the encrypting the drive...

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In the next blog post, we will see that how can we mount encrypted drives using PowerShell.

Take care till then.

Aman Dhally

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Aman Dhally
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