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    tonyyeb
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    Hi all

    We want to start using some kind of virtualisation technology on our laptops at work. The host OS does not store any sensitive information but the virtual machine will. What is the best way to encrypt this with and ensure it is safe?

    The guest OS will be a server OS most likely Windows Server 2003.

    Thanks in advance

    Chris

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    tehcamel
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    Re: Encrypt virtual machine

    handle the encryption on the guest the same way you would if it was a physical host.

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    L4ndy
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    Re: Encrypt virtual machine

    You could use something like TrueCrypt on the Host to create an encrypted volume with all the Virtual files you need.

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    tonyyeb
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    Re: Encrypt virtual machine

    L4ndy;202404 wrote:
    You could use something like TrueCrypt on the Host to create an encrypted volume with all the Virtual files you need.

    Sounds great! Ill give it a go with weekend.

    Many thanks

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    sorinso
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    Re: Encrypt virtual machine

    What exactly are you afraid of? Loosing the laptops or they being stolen?
    What is the host OS of your laptops?

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    tonyyeb
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    sorinso;202443 wrote:
    What exactly are you afraid of? Loosing the laptops or they being stolen?
    What is the host OS of your laptops?

    Yes both of those things. The laptops will have lots of sensitive data stored on them. The host OS is Windows 7 Professional.

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    tehcamel
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    could try bitlocker on the hostOS.. ?

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    vonPryz
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    tonyyeb;202445 wrote:
    Yes both of those things.

    Lock the host HDD with Bitlocker. Your end-users are going to save confidential files on the host HDD anyway (either on purpose or by accident), so locking up just the virtual machines isn’t going to do much good to you.

    -vP

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