Windows 365 disk and data encryption issue

Sumit Kumar Mishra 41 Reputation points
2023-10-19T04:16:38.8133333+00:00

Hello,

I am somewhat confused by the disk encryption technique used in Microsoft 365 Cloud PC. In a Microsoft article, they state that they secure Windows 365 Cloud PC disks with Azure storage server-side encryption.

I've deployed several Cloud PCs within my tenant and checked the encryption method using a command like 'manage-bde -status,' and it indicates that the disk is fully decrypted. Additionally, there are no padlock symbols displayed on the OS or data drives. Below is the screenshot:

This has left me confused because, in the same article, I found a statement that says, "Bitlocker is not supported as an encryption option for Windows 365 Cloud PCs."

I'm in need of a clear understanding of how the encryption of Windows 365 Cloud PC disks or data actually functions.

And how we can find the recovery keys?

Your help would be appreciated. Thanks

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  1. Crystal-MSFT 44,241 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor
    2023-10-19T06:05:24.18+00:00

    @Sumit Kumar Mishra, Thanks for posting in Q&A.

    Windows 365 Cloud PC disks are encrypted with Azure Storage server-side encryption (SSE). This storage layer encryption provides automatic encryption of data at rest on your Microsoft-hosted Cloud PC's disk. The encryption is transparently applied using 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) encryption, a modern block cipher, and is FIPS 140-2 compliant. The encryption is applied to every Cloud PC in every region at no extra cost. Disks, snapshots, and images are automatically encrypted-at-rest with platform-managed keys.

    https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-365/enterprise/encryption#data-encryption-in-windows-365

    Windows 365 as a service treats all data stored on Windows 365 disks as customer content. For command "manage-bde -status", it provide information that all drives on the computer; whether or not they are BitLocker-protected. But as BitLocker is not supported as an encryption option for Windows 365 Cloud PCs. . So we see the disk is fully decrypted.

    https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/administration/windows-commands/manage-bde-status

    Hope the above information can help.


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