This policy setting allows you to control how BitLocker-protected fixed data drives are recovered in the absence of the required credentials. This policy setting is applied when you turn on BitLocker. The 'Allow data recovery agent' check box is used to specify whether a Data Recovery Agent can be used with BitLocker-protected fixed data drives. Before a Data Recovery Agent can be used it must be added from the Public Key Policies item in either the Group Policy Management Console or the Local Group Policy Editor. Consult the BitLocker Drive Encryption Deployment Guide on Microsoft TechNet for more information about adding Data Recovery Agents. The recommended state for this setting is: Enabled: True (checked). Rationale: Administrators should always have a safe, secure way to access encrypted data in the event users cannot access their data. Additionally, as with any authentication method, a drive can be compromised by guessing or finding the authentication information used to access the drive. To use BitLocker, a Data Recovery Agent will need to be configured for fixed drives. To recover a drive will require highly-controlled access to the Data Recovery Agent private key. Impact: None - this is the default behavior.
To establish the recommended configuration, set the following Device Configuration Policy to Enabled: Allow data recovery agent: To access the Device Configuration Policy from the Intune Home page: Click Devices Click Configuration profiles Click Create profile Select the platform (Windows 10 and later) Select the profile (Administrative Templates) Click Create Enter a Name Click Next Configure the following Setting Path: Computer Configuration/Windows Components/BitLocker Drive Encryption/Fixed Data Drives Setting Name: Choose how BitLocker-protected fixed drives can be recovered Configuration: Check Allow data recovery agent Select OK Continue through the Wizard to complete the creation of the profile (profile assignments, applicability etc.) Note: More than one configuration setting from each of the Configuration profiles (ex: Administrative Templates, Custom etc.) can be added to each Device Configuration Policy. Note #2: This recommendation can also be set using the Endpoint protection profile using Windows Encryption settings. Default Value: Enabled: True. (A DRA is allowed.)