EFS and Vista…One word of warning. Backup with Vista does *not* backup your encrypted files.
Let’s see this demonstrated here…
Here are 2 files one encrypted and one is not.
I just finished a backup as you can see
Now we delete them…
QAdd files from …
Choose my desktop..
We don’t see the encrypted file as an option to restore:
There are a dozen reasons why I don’t like this.. but we wont get into them now. Let’s just all be aware of this .. it renders this article HOW TO: Use Ntbackup to Recover an Encrypted File or Folder in Windows 2000 irrelevant for Vista
So how should you back them up? Robocopy supports a switch called /efsraw and there are 3rd party backup solutions which support this backup functionality.
This seems like a <i>fatal</a> flaw in the Backup functionality.
How about OneCare?
No - OneCare does not backup Encrypted file either.
With all due respect, why can't this be addressed in a hotfix? Is it illegal to add new functionality in hotfixes? This goes to an even broader issue. When I made the move from NT4->W2K and W2K->WXP, I generally felt reassured (and later found) that I wasn't loosing any functionality. However, with Vista, I learn I loose something important (to me) on nearly a weekly basis. This is very annoying, to say the very least. I don't want to make accusations, but it seems like some missing features/utilities were dropped because somebody was too lazy to get them working properly under Vista. To be quite honest, if I'm going to drop $200+ for an os, I expect better.
It could be addressed in a hotfix - these are called DCR's or Design Change Requests. I understand what you mean and perhaps it will be changed in the future.
note this was fixed in SP1 for Vista