Microsoft Announces Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM)

Posted by sumeethevans on February 10 2011, 6:56 AM. Posted in Windows 7.

This week I had a chance to sit down with Anthony (A.J.) Smith, the product manager for the new MBAM tool. As many IT Pro’s know, with Windows 7 Enterprise and Ultimate there is a security feature called BitLocker which focus on full volume encryption of operating system partitions, fixed data partitions, and removable drives. MBAM builds on BitLocker in Windows 7 and offers IT Pro’s an enterprise solution for BitLocker provisioning, monitoring and key recovery. MBAM will help them simplify BitLocker provisioning and deployment independent or as part of their Windows 7 migration, improves compliance and reporting of BitLocker, and reduces support costs.

Stephen – A.J., thanks for taking time to chat with me. Let’s jump right in. Many IT pros are looking to make BitLocker part of their deployment process. How does MBAM help simplify BitLocker provisioning and deployment.

A.J.- Let’s start with provisioning since IT Pro’s need to think about how they want to configure MBAM and BitLocker. Decisions like what level of encryption, what protectors to use, what volumes they want to protect, and many others should be considered. The Springboard Windows Client Security and Control page has some great BitLocker documentation to help with making the right choices for their organization. Once they understand how they want to configure BitLocker, they can use the additional group policies that MBAM provides to setup their BitLocker configuration.

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