How to configure BitLocker Recovery Password Viewer
Firstly, the Microsoft Active Directory Domain Services needs to be set up for a network. In brief, these services allow network administrators to view all the components of a network as objects which can then be configured according to requirement. Components can range from workstations and servers to printers. After the ADDS has been set up, the encrypted computer needs to part of this domain.
The second step is to configure the domain to store the BitLocker passwords, whenever the tool is used to encrypt drives. The procedure is fairly complex, and the entire process has been explained in detail by Microsoft here. Additionally, be sure to see our article How To Avoid the Bitlocker Blues.
After these steps have been performed, BitLocker Recovery Password Viewer must be installed. The utility is freely available to Windows users. The download page performs a validation of the Windows operating system that is requesting the download.
Once the utility has been installed, another utility known as the Active Directory Users and Computers Microsoft Management Console needs to be installed as well. This particular snap-in is required to actually access the passwords that are stored in the domain.
After the installation of the Console, password retrieval is a simple process. The user can right-click on the object representing the encrypted drive, which will display a shortcut menu. On selecting the Properties command on the shortcut menu, a properties sheet will be displayed where the password will then be visible.