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mnovelle
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Encrypting a HP DL360G4p server

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Has anyone encrypted a HP DL360G4p server with DE 7.1 yet?  For compliance reasons I need to encrypt this server currently running WIndows Server 2003 SP2 32-bit.  It does have hardware RAID enabled but configured with a single 32GB C: partition.

I haven't encrypted any servers up to this point so just looking for any gotchas or issues I should look out for.  It appears that Server 2003 SP2 32-bit is a supported OS for DE 7.1.

Thanks in advance!

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SafeBoot
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Re: Encrypting a HP DL360G4p server

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Good - glad you are wanting security, not just "compliance".

Now, re your server - yes, it should work fine. EEPC supports your OS, and as far as HW raid is concerned, it should look like a normal hard disk, it's not even a very big hard disk.

The problem comes with disaster recovery - if it turns out the HW RAID is not so perfect, it can make data recovery difficult/impossible - DR requires the drive to either be supported by the BIOS (so booting off a DOS floppy shows you your 32GB Drive, or that you know how to put the RAID drivers in WinPE (not hard, but obscure knowledge).

As long as your server is backed up I don't think you will have a problem. I would approach it in three phases though.

1. Install EEPC, but don't activate (OS check)

2. Activate, but don't encrypt (pre-boot/BIOS stability check)

3. Encrypt.

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SafeBoot
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Re: Encrypting a HP DL360G4p server

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You're going to enable pre-boot yes?

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mnovelle
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Re: Encrypting a HP DL360G4p server

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Yes, I understand it wouldn't be very secure without enabling pre-boot.

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SafeBoot
Level 21

Re: Encrypting a HP DL360G4p server

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Good - glad you are wanting security, not just "compliance".

Now, re your server - yes, it should work fine. EEPC supports your OS, and as far as HW raid is concerned, it should look like a normal hard disk, it's not even a very big hard disk.

The problem comes with disaster recovery - if it turns out the HW RAID is not so perfect, it can make data recovery difficult/impossible - DR requires the drive to either be supported by the BIOS (so booting off a DOS floppy shows you your 32GB Drive, or that you know how to put the RAID drivers in WinPE (not hard, but obscure knowledge).

As long as your server is backed up I don't think you will have a problem. I would approach it in three phases though.

1. Install EEPC, but don't activate (OS check)

2. Activate, but don't encrypt (pre-boot/BIOS stability check)

3. Encrypt.

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mnovelle
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Re: Encrypting a HP DL360G4p server

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Thanks!  That worked for me!

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