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dblginca
1 Copper

Server 2008 R2 standard question about enabling Bit Locker

Part of the Microsoft requirements for enabling Bitlocker on the T310 machine, running Server 2008 r2, is that there be

Two NTFS disk partitions, one for the system volume and one for the operating system volume. The system volume partition must be at least 1.5 gigabytes (GB) and set as the active partition

Probably a dumb question but I don't understand what they mean by a system volume.  The machine has a 1 Terrabyte drive partitioned in the followinf configuration

a Recovery Partition of 3 GB

A OS partition of  140 GB

A Data partition of 780 GB

What is a System volume and is it possible to create one on a preconfigured hard drive

Thanks for your help

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dblginca
1 Copper

RE: Server 2008 R2 standard question about enabling Bit Locker

Really could use an answer on this

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theflash1932
6 Indium

RE: Server 2008 R2 standard question about enabling Bit Locker

This is confusing because Microsoft itself refers to a "system" partition as two different things - sometimes meaning the OS partition (CSmiley Happy and sometimes the System Reserved partition, which holds boot and recovery files for OS's W7/2008R2 and later. Normally, this refers to one of the following: Reserved ('System' Reserved), OEM (OEM Reserved if OEM installed), or Recovery (on a server this is NOT an OS recovery partition like you would find on a consumer machine allowing you to restore a factory image of the OS - it merely contains the Windows Recovery Environment).

Your Recovery partition should be mostly empty and should be usable for BitLocker.

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