BitLocker Encrypted Volumes Support

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    Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows supports scenarios of data backup and restore to/from volumes encrypted with Microsoft Windows BitLocker.

    Data Backup

    You can create backups of BitLocker encrypted volumes and store backups created with Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows on BitLocker encrypted volumes.

    BitLocker encrypted volumes (both source and target) must be unlocked at the moment when Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows starts the backup operation.

     

     

    BitLocker Encrypted Volumes Support

     

    Data Restore

    You can restore data from backups stored on BitLocker encrypted volumes and restore data to BitLocker encrypted volumes.

    Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows restores volumes in their initial state:

    BitLocker Encrypted Volumes Support Important!

    If you resize a BitLocker encrypted volume during restore, the restored volume will be unencrypted. To learn more about volume resize, see Volume Resize.

    BitLocker encrypted volumes must be unlocked at the moment when you perform the restore operation.

    BitLocker Encrypted Volumes Support

    Veeam Recovery Media

    If you boot from the Veeam Recovery Media, you can restore data from backups stored on BitLocker encrypted volumes and restore data to BitLocker encrypted volumes.

    BitLocker Encrypted Volumes Support

    To unlock the volume, click Cancel in the warning window. At the Restore Mode step of the wizard, select Manual Restore. At the Disk Mapping step of the wizard, click Customize disk mapping and click Unlock under the necessary volume.

    BitLocker Encrypted Volumes Support

    BitLocker Encrypted Volumes Support

    BitLocker Encrypted Volumes Support Important!

    Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows cannot back up volumes formatted as FAT32 and encrypted with BitLocker. In general, FAT32 does not allow storing VSS snapshots on the same volume. When Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows triggers a VSS snapshot of a FAT32 formatted volume, the VSS snapshot is stored on another, non-FAT32 volume on the computer.

    If BitLocker is enabled, the VSS cannot save the snapshot on another volume due to Microsoft limitations, and the backup process fails.

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