When setting up our Windows Vista Ultimate/Enterprise systems we made sure to leave the necessary partition space for the unencrypted boot files that BitLocker requires which is 1.5GB.
When we ran the BitLocker Drive Encryption utility it told us that the drive was not properly configured to enable BitLocker.
It seems that things did not work out as we thought from the instructions we read.
So, we needed the BitLocker Drive Preparation Tool. For Windows Vista Enterprise, we needed to contact Product Support Services (or the Online Concierge) and ask for the following Knowledgebase article:
- Microsoft KB 930063: Description of the BitLocker Drive Preparation Tool
After downloading and installing the tool, we were greeted with the need to "shrink down the C: volume" and create the active volume R: for the BitLocker files:
Once the drive preparation tool finished, we were able to go on and run the BitLocker Drive Encryption Utility.
BitLocker Drive Preparation Tool
Both the 32bit and 64bit versions of this utility are definitely going onto the Technician's Thumb Drives!
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