Today I am ill and lying in the bed with a medium temperature… but honestly, I can’t lie in bed the whole day doing nothing, even when being ill… so I tried something…
First of all, I haven’t invented this article, I just modified it to match a Windows 7 installation running in a Hyper-V R2 environment. The original information is coming from here, here and here.
To use Bitlocker in a Windows 7-Guest on a Hyper-V environment follow these steps:
Of course you might ask, why I tried this out!?
Well, it happens sometimes that when preparing a presentation or working on a tricky problem for a customer, it’s better doing this at home where I can work quietly and therefore much more productive than in our Microsoft office where every n minutes someone passes by and asks questions or starts a discussion.
At home I am working on my power workstations which are much faster and more powerful than any notebook. The problem - while working at home, I often need full access to the corporate network. This is possible, only, if you have a machine joined to our Microsoft domain and – since the release of Windows 7 – that has Bitlocker installed. And honestly, I don’t want to join my private machine into the corp.-network, so my idea was running a VM on my Hyper-V server at home, that is joined to the corp.-domain
I had a similar idea for another reason – as you know we’re in a team where we’re working a lot with pre-release and beta-software. As pre-release software is typically not performance-optimized and carries a lot of debug-symbols etc. with it, it’s performance requirements are typically higher. So it’s better running that stuff on a physical system. So what my thought is: I have a stable, released-software-only VM running on a Hyper-V in our office, as well, that is joined to the corporate network and that I can use while installing another demo-environment on my physical machine. And again, the virtual machine joined to corp-net must use Bitlocker per our policy. So, another case where Bitlocker in a VM makes sense.