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Created: 21 Nov 2013 | 3 comments

I am currently on a tight deadline for some computers that will require the entire drive to be encrypted. And I am not that familiar with encryption software, just installed the trial today.

Essentially I am looking to see if this product will fit the bill. Normally I've used another free program but that no longer meets our standards. For certain laptops, I need the entire hard drive encrypted. I would like for the user not to be able to change the password or even interact with the software beyond the inital passphrase screen. Some other conerns I have are whether or not I need to purchase a individual license for each computer or just one. My thinking is I could pull the drive and encrypt it on the licensed machine and insert it back into the laptop. (this may be a violation of the license agreement, I am not trying to do that).

Thats really all I need, the drive encrypted and the user to barely notice. I also need to be able to decrypt the drive should there be issues.

I apologize in advance if I have posted in the wrong area, or I have ignored some information.

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Alex_CST's picture

It's done on a per device basis.  

If you want do be able to manage them you need the Universal Server with it.  Then you can issue tokens to reset passwords, gain administrator access for things like patching and many many other benefits.

Depending on the number, if you get to more than 20 laptops I'd strongly suggest getting the Universal Server to manage them, otherwise it will be a big headache.  You will need to have written down the token for each install, and many other things to consider.

You also cant prevent the user from interacting with the software in standalone, but you can in managed

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aonris's picture

Use PGP Universal to manage encryption policies on the machines.

Use PGP Desktop to let to the user manage encryption on the machine. Why do you want user cannot change password (or passphrase)? if it is for user don't let encrypted machine if let work then add second password or passphrase from other user like support.

Best option is use Universal, more cost.


bipshr's picture

Hi there,

I agree with the comments from Alex and aonris. You can achieve your goals by using Universal Server to manage all the clients whose disks need to be encrypted.  Here are some helpful additional link which contains information regarding how to deploy whole disk encryption on clients using PGP Desktop.

In order to avoid confusion with the product naming, I just wanted to inform you that our product branding names have changed from the version 10.3.0 / 3.3.0. For more information please see the link below:

Please also find the link regarding the documentation of our Symantec Encryption Desktop 10.3.1 and Symantec Encryption Management Server 3.3.1

If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask us.

Best regards,