BitLocker Data Recovery Agent

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  • I would like to try the new Data Recovery Agent (DRA) for BitLocker in Windows 7 but found no documentation about it. How does it work?  I know how DRA for EFS works. Does it work the same way for BitLocker?

    I enabled DRA for Bitlocker in Group Policy, but where is the DRA BitLocker key stored? It seems the one for EFS can't be used. I added the private and the public key to my test machine. EFS recovery works but I don't know how to recover a BitLocker-to-go encrypted drive.


    Saturday, January 24, 2009 12:04 AM

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  • Hi Michael

    Take a look at the following presentations. They offer some good information as well as links to other resources for Bitlocker in Windows 7.

    Protecting data In Windows 7

    Windows 7 Walkthrough: BitLocker and BitLocker to Go

    Ronnie Vernon MVP
    Saturday, January 24, 2009 7:12 AM
  • Thanks for the links. This presentation is quite useful. However, it doesn't answer my question. It seems to me as if the Data Recovery Agent feature is not yet implemented in Windows 7 Beta1. Does have anyone have any detailed technical information about this? I am writing a review about Windows 7 for a German magazine. I would like to know how the recovery process with DRA works in detail.
    Saturday, January 24, 2009 11:12 PM
  • You should already be familiar with NDA restrictions, forbidding those who know from saying anything publicly, until they are released from that agreement. MSDN and TechNet would have many items on that, if it were not NDA material. If even a casual goggle search failed to find that specific a subject, I think it likely that it's NDA.

    It has been my experience that MS dislikes the furor caused when a beta feature is withdrawn. I certainly agree that people who lose features act like a child who has dropped a lollypop.
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    Mark L. Ferguson MS-MVP
    Wednesday, February 04, 2009 9:18 PM
  • Are you sure that DRA for BitLocker is NDA restricted? I wonder why Microsoft's presentations mention it. My guess is that it is not yet implemented in the 7000 build.
    Thursday, February 05, 2009 8:37 PM
  • I know this is an old thread but it came near the top of a Google search for "bitlocker data recovery agents" so I thought I'd leave a definitive answer!

    All of the official documentation is now publicly available on the technet site

    Using Data Recovery Agents with BitLocker

    Thom McKiernan (UK) @thommck | | MCSA | MCTS

    Tuesday, April 24, 2012 1:35 PM