Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring Beta Now Available

I just returned from Las Vegas, where, this morning I attended Brad Anderson’s keynote address at the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) where he announced the beta release of Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM). It was great to hear the audience’s enthusiastic response to the announcement and to see the high-level of interest expressed by visitors to our booth at MMS.

On top of the announcement, right before lunch, the lead MBAM program manager and I presented details about the product to MMS attendees. In the session, we talked about MBAM’s ability to help you deploy and provision BitLocker, improve compliance and reporting, and reduce support costs through helpdesk tools and allowing a standard user to perform basic BitLocker tasks. As part of that session we revealed how to go to get the beta install files and documentation (note that you need a Windows Live ID) and shared that MBAM will be generally available in the third quarter of 2011.

Now that you can get the beta, we hope that you download it and set it up in your test lab so that you can begin to see how it will help you better manage BitLocker. If you have any feedback, as you use the beta, we would love to hear it. The best way to share your thoughts with us is to use the feedback tool here.

From everyone in the MDOP team, thanks for your interest in MBAM.