BitLocker – Full (SYSTEM) Drive Encryption

By brendon on November 13th, 2006

BitLocker is another of Windows Vista’s new features (in Business Editions only). This supports the ability to encrypt all data on the SYSTEM partition; not to be confused with the ACTIVE – BOOT partition. A separate un-encrypted boot partition of 30MB (1.5GB recommended) is required for the boot files.  The system is very manageable via group policy and for users who do not have a TPM chip, group policy must be used to bypass the TPM check. I like this for two reasons,

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ReadyBoost – USB Keys for PageFile in Vista

By brendon on November 13th, 2006

Windows Vista has some great new functions built into it: ReadyBoost, Desktop Search, BitLocker, Domain Fast User Switching. Just to name a few. I have been running the Windows Vista Beta’s since BETA II in production on my laptop and PC at home. I am definitely looking forward to getting my hands on the RTM.

The logic behind ReadyBoost is that modern Flash Drives (USB Thumb Drives) have a faster read/ write throughput than a standard spinning disk. So to reduce load on the disk, the commonly accessed information from the page file or frequently used programs are loaded into the flash drive.  Continue Reading