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Configure use of smart cards on fixed data drives

This policy setting allows you to specify whether smart cards can be used to authenticate user access to the BitLocker-protected fixed data drives on a computer. If you enable this policy setting smart cards can be used to authenticate user access to the drive. You can require a smart card authentication by selecting the “Require use of smart cards on fixed data drives” check box. Note: These settings are enforced when turning on BitLocker not when unlocking a drive. BitLocker will allow unlocking a drive with any of the protectors available on the drive. If you disable this policy setting users are not allowed to use smart cards to authenticate their access to BitLocker-protected fixed data drives. If you do not configure this policy setting smart cards can be used to authenticate user access to a BitLocker-protected drive.


Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> Software -> Policies -> Microsoft -> FVE # FDVAllowUserCert; HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> Software -> Policies -> Microsoft -> FVE # FDVEnforceUserCert

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    Windows Components -> BitLocker Drive Encryption -> Fixed Data Drives

Notes

* Making mistakes while changing registry values can affect your system adversely. We recommend you to create a System Restore point before making registry manipulation. If you're new to Registry Editor, read this beginner's guide.
** To locate the registry and administrative template path, checkout beginner's guide.
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