Missing BitLocker Recovery Tab ADUC in Windows 7
I spent hours looking for a solution. I was missing the BitLocker Recovery Tab in Active Directory Users and Computers (ADUC) on Windows 7. Honestly, there are a lot of posts about this…but almost all of them detail how to do things in Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7 is nowhere to be found. Of course, I tried to use them for Windows 7…but nothing worked.
The problem: I was missing the BitLocker tab that displays the BitLocker recovery key for Active Directory Users and Computers. No amount of DLL re-registering or Remote Server Administration Toolkit (RSAT) installing (those 2 are solutions in Server 2008) helped me display that tab.
When I finally did solve this problem, I found I was very close the entire time…and it was simple. As the saying goes, that only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. I found the simple solution by my non-Sherlock Holmes power of deduction….I knew BitLocker was a part of RSAT from Microsoft and so I figured that viewing the tab might be a feature add-on…and my suspicion was absolutely right. Screenshots of everything for a visual representation of this solution below.
Note: You must install Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) for Windows 7 before the feature we need to enable will become available. Install that first, then come back here and perform the following steps:
That’s it. Now when you go inside ADUC, you’ll have a recovery key tab available on PC’s you’ve encrypted using BitLocker. All that fuss and hunting for a solution that takes about 3 minutes to fix. Simple right? I sure hope that in publishing this, I make it more readily available and searchable for those looking for the solution in the future…because it sure took me a long time to find it! Thanks for reading!