Export BitLocker-information using Windows PowerShell


Active Directory can be used to store both Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption recovery information and Trusted Platform Module (TPM) owner information.

On the Microsoft Windows Support site, the following information are provided:

Storage of BitLocker Recovery Information in Active Directory

BitLocker recovery information is stored in a child object of a computer object in Active Directory. That is, the computer object is the container for the BitLocker recovery object.

More than one BitLocker recovery object can exist for each computer object, because there can be more than one recovery password associated with a BitLocker-enabled volume.

Each BitLocker recovery object on a BitLocker-enabled volume has a unique name and contains a globally unique identifier (GUID) for the recovery password.

The name of the BitLocker recovery object is limited to 64 characters because of Active Directory constraints. This name incorporates the recovery password GUID as well as date and time information. The form is:

<Object Creation Date and Time><Recovery Password GUID>

For example:


The Active Directory common name (cn) for the BitLocker recovery object is ms-FVE-RecoveryInformation and includes attributes such as ms-FVE-RecoveryPassword and ms-FVE-RecoveryGuid.

Storage of TPM Recovery Information in Active Directory

There is only one TPM owner password per computer; therefore the hash of the TPM owner password is stored as an attribute of the computer object in Active Directory. It is stored in Unicode. The attribute has the common name (cn) of ms-TPM-OwnerInformation.

Active Directory Requirements

In order to store BitLocker and TPM information in Active Directory, all domain controllers must run Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1 or later. Schema extensions will also need to be installed on servers running Windows Server 2003.


To see if a computer has stored any BitLocker Recovery information in Active Directory, you must install the BitLocker Recovery Password Viewer and check the BitLocker Recovery tab on the computer object to see if a Recovery Password are present:


Doing this for every computer manually isnt an option in a domain environment. To ease this task Ive written a PowerShell-script, available here, that will generate a CSV-file containing all Windows Vista and Windows 7 computer objects in the domain. The CSV-file will contain the following information:

  • Computername
  • OperatingSystem
  • HasBitlockerRecoveryKey
  • HasTPM-OwnerInformation

I havent found a way to retrieve ms-FVE-RecoveryInformation objects or msTPM-OwnerInformation information on computer objects using Microsofts PowerShell-module for Active Directory. Because of that Ive leveraged Quests free PowerShell Commands for Active Directory.

To retrieve correct information, you must run the script with a user that has been granted the following permission: Read-permission on msFVE-RecoveryInformation objects and Read-permissions on msTPM-OwnerInformation on computer-objects (e.g. Domain Admins).

When the CSV-file is generated, you can use the “Text to columns”-feature in Microsoft Office Excel and save the document as an Excel spreadsheet. Then you can apply filters to sort on e.g. HasBitlockerRecoveryKey or HasTPM-OwnerInformation.

If you`re using the BitLocker feature on other operatingsystems than Windows Vista or Windows 7, i.e. Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2, you may customize the filtering in the computers-variable.


BitLocker resources on Microsoft TechNet

BitLocker Drive Encryption

BitLocker Drive Encryption Overview

Backing Up BitLocker and TPM Recovery Information to Active Directory