BitLocker Drive Encryption and Windows Home Server 2011

As a quick note to self kind of post, I am very keen to find out if Microsoft are supporting the use of BitLocker encrypted volumes on the Home Server?

As of Power Pack 2 for Windows Home Server v1, Microsoft support backing up BitLocker encrypted volumes from the client, however I am interested in encrypting the volumes on the server.

If someone is able to steal Nicky’s laptop for example, that only has her data and email, whereas if someone where to steal the Home Server, they have copies of everyone’s emails, backups and data, not to mention any shared data which is saved to the Home Server shared folders.

I am hoping in the coming das with more information being released about Home Server 2011 that an answer will become clear on this, although I personally see no reason for not supporting it, as there is no Drive Extender (DE) for it to cause problems with, and Windows Server 2008 R2 which is the underlying operating system has BitLocker in it’s core.


Richard works as a Cloud Consultant for Fordway Solution where his primary focus is to help customers understand, adopt and develop with Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and System Center. Richard Green is an IT Pro with over 15 years' of experience in all things Microsoft including System Center and Office 365. He has previously worked as a System Center consultant and as an internal solutions architect across many verticals. Outside of work, he loves motorbikes and is part of the orange army, marshaling for NGRRC, British Superbikes and MotoGP. He is also an Assistant Cub Scout Leader.