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PGP WDE with Dynamic and GPT Disks

Created: 06 Sep 2012 • Updated: 21 Jan 2013 | 7 comments
Mohammad Ashkaibi's picture
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Hello...

I'm sorely seeking for help to WDE-encrypt one server with a dynamic disk and another with a GPT-partitioned disk. I know you'd say that this is not supported and I know it is not, but I'm looking for alternatives and workarounds. What should I do? I really need help here.

It is a good chance to suggest that Symantec must clearly mention on the WDE Product --> System Requirements page (here) that WDE does NOT support GPT partitioned disks. This will be much better for people than discovering this themselves after purchasing the product and struggling with Tech Support.

 

Many thanks in advance,,,

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Alex_CST's picture

That might be something for the Ideas forum.

Do you just want specifics encrypted? or are you looking for a solution that encrypted an entire GTP partitioned disk.

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Mohammad Ashkaibi's picture

Actually my customer has alreay purchased PGP UN+WDE to encrypt their Windows machines, among which are some servers with GPT-partitioned disks. Also they have other servers with "dynamic" disks. So I need to find a way to do full WDE disk encryption using the purchased software.

Thanks for the advice related to suggestions at Ideas forum.

 

- Moh

Alex_CST's picture

Hmm, As you know PGP WDE doesnt support Dynamic Disks at present, I'm struggling to think of work arounds unfortunately.

I'm not sure of the timescales, but the support of Dynamic Disks is coming in a future release, but Symantec themselves would need to confirm that.

I assume reformatting the drives to non dynamic won't work? :)

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Mohammad Ashkaibi's picture

Yaaa! Re-formatting would be the most appealing choice. They have a license for Symantec System Recovery, which I think will help me in this task.

But dealing with GPT is the real challenge for me. I *really* need a way to do it.

Alex_CST's picture

I cannot see a way of doing GPT until PGP support it, you will need to ask somone from Development or knowing people in tech support unfortunately :(

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Mohammad Ashkaibi's picture

Hmmm... This is what I expected to hear. Now I'm no happy. sad

But from your knowledge or experience, is there any backup product from Symantec that can take an image from a GPT-partitioned server and then successfully restore it on another with regular partitioning?

Thanks!

Alex_CST's picture

Oh yes you need barebones restore software, there's plenty of those out there.  If these are windows 2008 then that can do a barebones restore with no other software needed :)

Failing that, Backup Exec 2012 does barebones restore I think, but I would get confirmation from your Account Manager @ Symantec, seeing as though you're a partner your account manager can sort you out with that information.

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