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How to automatically unlock volume encrypted by BitLocker


A volume encrypted by Microsoft BitLocker must be automatically unlocked for backup or recovery processes (e.g. you want to create Veeam Agent backup from storage native snapshots).


Auto-unlock is required to create a Veeam Agent backup from a storage native snapshot.


The following article describes how to set BitLocker to automatically unlock volume.

  1. Go to Control Panel > System and Security > BitLocker Drive Encryption.
  2. In the list of disks, select the disk that is encrypted by Microsoft BitLocker and click Unlock Drive.

  3. Depending on the security method, specify the password, the PIN recovery key, or connect the smart card to unlock the drive.
  4. Select the Automatically unlock on this PC check box.
  5. Click Unlock.


If everything is done correctly, the interfaces will show that the auto-unlock function is enabled now.


More information

You can use Microsoft PowerShell to manage volumes encrypted by Microsoft BitLocker. To learn more, see Enable-BitLockerAutoUnlock.


Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 5.0
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