It seems like I keep running into this issue over and over again with McAfee. That is, when i use a disk to remove EEPC, and you have to know that things are that bad if I have to use the disk, I have to wait days to decrypt a machine. The answer I get, which is sort of explainable, is that McAfee is using DOS and not the full power of the processor to decrypt the machine, and this is due to Microsoft not allowing you all to use Windows without a license for using the full power of the OS.
What I find unacceptable about this solution is that PGP doesn't seem to have this problem. I have spoken with users using that and it takes just a few hours to decypt their machines with similar media (boot disk). Therefore, I am not longer accepting McAfee's explanation on this whole licensing thing. You as a company need to come up with a solution on this. Waiting days for a computer to decrypt is frankly, stupid.
First off, the last time we had this conversation, I thought you said you need a licensed copy of Windows for the WinPE.
I have been looking in the KB and I cannot find a single topic on how to create this WinPE disk. Where is it and is it faster than the default option?
Yes you need a licenced copy of Windows, but you must have that as you are using Windows? You don't need a EXTRA Licence, you just need to be using YOUR Licence.
To find the doc in the kc, just search for product documentation on eetech 6.2
You'll also find this in the product docs you downloaded with the 6.2 eepc package.
Oh and yes, it will be exactly as fast as the initial encryption was. If you are using aes-ni it will use the hardware CPU crypto as well.
This is ridiculous! Why can't McAfee simply send a WinPE disk? A lot of hassle when you pay thousands of dollars a year for product and product support.
We talked about this. I can't give you a copy of windows. Your prof services people can build you one on your site, or if you sent a laptop to them, they could do it from your licensed copy of windows. Whatever way, the WinPE image has to be built using a Licence that you own.
I am guessing your company does not use AKI, or the windows deployment kit, or any of the other Microsoft tools which use PE otherwise you'd have these CDs everywhere already.
I do all the imaging and licensing at my firm. i have a copy of Windows yes. The point is this, why can your competition build an encryption product that does not require all these gyrations and you cannot?
Gyrations? I'm not sure I agree that offering you a toolkit you can merge into something as generally useful as WinPE is a 'gyration'. Some would say being able to combine all kinds of vendor tools into one bootable windows os is useful.
My impression of this thread is that you don't use WinPE in house for anything, and thus don't see the benefit of being able to customize it as you see fit. I think your best solution is to get your prof services person or RSAM to build you a cd next time they are on site. You can use that CD in future.
you are totally missing the entire point!
I don't use WINPE for anything true. But that does not mean default, "well you're an idiot" which is the vibe I'm starting to get here. I use Novell Zenworks for my imaging and software deployment needs. OMGZ!!! I don't use Microsoft for that, so I'm lumped into the same crowd as Mac users as being somehow odd or detached? That's silly assuming right there.
The real point is this. I'm using a McAfee Product. I pay McAfee thousands of dollars a year for support and their product. And as advanced as McAfee portrays itself, they are still using a 16 bit decryption tool on 64 bit machines. Do you think my sitting around for DAYS on end waiting for a drive to decrypt so that I can run a Windows Startup Repair is good customer service?
PGP, which was bought out by Norton, does not have such an issue, and honestly, I am seriously looking to them or someone else now that can provide decryption within the same 24 hour period sans being able to boot to Windows.
And then to suggest that since I don't use WINPE, that I pay MORE MONEY to McAfee or some other consulting firm to build a friggin boot disk for me, as if I don't have the skills necessary to do it myself? Nevermind that a company that provides and development software should provide a complete package to handle situations.