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To use PGP WDE with Apple Bootcamp (but none of the other PGP Desktop features) do I still need to install PGP Desktop on the Windows partition?

Created: 01 Nov 2012 • Updated: 06 Nov 2012 | 4 comments
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Hi,

I work in a managed PGP environment, where disk encryption begins automatically on install of PGP. 

I am trying to do full disk encryption (company mandate) with a MAC OSX 10.7.4 on a Macbook Pro 9,1 with Bootcamp (Windows 7).

According to Symantec instructions for installing PGP WDE on a MAC OSX with Bootcamp, it suggests installing PGP Desktop, but not performing disk encryption.  Since I don't think this is possible on the windows partition using the PGP windows install script my company provides, I have the following question.

If I need to perform Whole Disk Encryption only (which I do from the Mac OSX side according to Symantec installation instructions), but I do not need any of the PGP Desktop features on my windows partition, do I still need to install PGP Desktop on the Windows partition??

 

Best regards,

Robert

 

 

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Tom Mc's picture

My understanding is that since WDE on a Mac will encrypt all partitions, that PGP Desktop must be installed in Windows before you encrypt your disk from the Mac OS; and that encrypting the disk without the PGP Desktop install on Windows will result in your not being able to boot to Windows.

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rte3759's picture

Thank you for the prompt reply! 

Can you provide some insight into what a managed PGP WDE install script usually consists of?  Are these provided off-the-shelf from Symantec?

I talked to my IT guys and they said I can try to run the first half of the windows PGP WDE script, and stop when it asks me to enter my login info, which will hopefully install the drivers? needed for PGP to enrypt the windows partition and allow it to boot up with bootcamp.  Then I can encrypt the Mac drive and check whether I can boot to windows.

Is it important for me to install PGP Desktop on Mac OSX before installing on the Windows 7 partition?  If not then I could just run the Windows managed script first (but stop before it encrypts the disk), and then run the Mac OSX managed script all the way through encryption.

Do you have any idea whether stopping the windows script before entering my login info might not install the necessary bits for PGP to recognize it as a partition on the Mac side?  (I realize you might have limited insight into the funcionality of a script you didn't write)

Thanks! Robert

 

Tom Mc's picture

I can't help with your script questions, but suspect someone else here will be able to. 

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PGP_Ben's picture

We don't have "off the shelf" install scripts available to customers for PGP WDE managed installs. the IT dept in your company usually writes the scripts for installation.  We can't support the script here. If I know the contents of the script I might be able to interpret what it is doing for you though.

but general best practices with PGP WDE and Bootcamp is that you follow this guide:

 

http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH149590

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