My company started using Bitlocker using a PIN to unlock the OS partition. I often have to boot to my WinPE via a USB stick and of course the bitlocker crypted C: partition is not accessible. My WinPE envornment does have the manage-bde command. It works with the recovery key (see below).
If I remember to turn off the bitlocker within the running OS before I boot to WinPE I am fine. I have a series of scripts I keep on my USB sticks to do just that.
manage-bde -protectors -disable C: -rebootcount 15
This will unlock the OS partition for 15 reboots, I can then reboot to my WinPE stick and all is cool, I can see the C: drive.
However I'd like to be able to unlock the bitlocker crypted OS from within WinPE as well, sometimes I forget to unlock first, sometimes it's just a PITA to boot twice, once to the full OS to turn BDE off, then again to the WinPE. This seems to be a problem.
manage-bde -unlock C: pw
After I put in the correct PIN the command above does not work, it says the password isn't correct. I am assuming this is because we use a PIN? I can use the -recoverypassword option but this is 32 digits and I have to look it up every time. I have dozens of laptops I am responsible for.
Does anyone have a clue if this is possible to unlock from WinPE with a PIN?