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Changes in Maintenance Pack 6 for SEE

Created: 28 May 2013 • Updated: 03 Jun 2013 | 3 comments
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This might be a stupid question since it’s late in the day…  I noticed that the latest SEE MP6 release contains resolved issues number 2939399 - Users can now access and authenticate to encrypted drives with the SEE Full Disk Utility using the command line.

What is this command line they are referring to?

Does this command line offer more options and if so are these documented somewhere?  Just trying to figure out what this command line is… is it similar to the PGP command line?


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SMLatCST's picture

That's a good question.  I'm not aware of any specific command lines beyond those included in WinPE and those below:

Access Utility - recover /a
Recover Utility - recover /d
Recover Utility - recover /b

From what I recall however, all these do it start up the respective utilities' GUI.

Japke's picture

This resolved issue is about SEEFD_Access_Utility.exe which should available in the Utilities folder of the complete Full Disk download package.

"This is an application that allows an SEE-FD Client Administrator to boot from a CD and access an encrypted hard disk through the Windows Preinstallation Environment (WinPE). The WinPE platform provides the same access capabilities as when booting from the hard disk. Access to the encrypted hard drive is in both read and write mode. This support software is used to access and backup data on an encrypted hard disk in advance of performing Windows system repairs or recovery processes. The utility can also be used to perform a forensic analysis of an encrypted hard disk without the need to decrypt."

To authenticate to a disk you can use the following command:
SEEFD_Access_Utility.exe -n "username" -p "password"

If you want to know how to create the WinPE disk with the SEE-FD utils inside, please see the following KB:
How to create a custom startup WinPE 2.x-3.x CD - SEE Full Disk Edition

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3L3M3NT's picture

Thank you both for replying and providing me with the information I needed. We use customized winbuilder images for our Access, Recovery utility and PGP WDE support needs. Our support disk uses a custom grub style menu system so that both the recover and access images can be launched independently into ramdisk from one CD source. Wanted to make sure that there was no additional feature in a command line type launch VS the normal double click on the utility launch.

We run a mixed environment with SEE and PGP full disk encryption. For the PGP portion I created a batch file menu so our administrators can administer PGP encrypted disks with less command line typing. I don’t think I’ll be creating a batch file just to launch the access utility.. Too much of a hassle coding and trying to mask the password inputs. Really hate the fact that important passwords are displayed in clear text.    

Thanks again and have a good one!