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I've managed to avoid the caveat regarding network shares using Winserv (http://www.sw4me.com/products/winserv/) to install TrueCrypt as a Windows service.
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I've been trying to solve the network shares caveat, but unfortunately, even when you manage to get TrueCrypt running as a service it doesn't work.
  
This works really well: TrueCrypt mounts the volume before lanmanserver starts, so any network shares are exposed without having to login to the server.
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However, whilst fiddling about I ran into some reliability problems with TrueCrypt, so I looked for an alternative solution.
  
However, I still have a problem, which somebody may be able to help me with. The truecrypt volumne file is located on an unprotected share on the TeraStation. I need to password protect it, but that will require a username/password prompt to be completed before I can mount the volume.
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What I came up with uses tools from VMware, namely the VMware Disk Mount utility and an evaluation version of VMWare Workstation 5.
  
How can I pass the username/password from the command line when mounting the volume?
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The main differences between using VMWare and TrueCrypt is the size of the virtual disk files that are created. If you create a 500GB disk with TrueCrypt it occupies 500GB, even if there's nothing on it. VMWare virtual disks expand as they are filled, so an empty 500GB volume will only take up a few MB.
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Obviously, using VMware doesn't encrypt the data, but if you don't need this level of security it's a good option. As far as I can tell, the VMWare software uses substantially less system resources.
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You can get the VMWare software from http://www.vmware.com (the VMWare virtual disk format is open, so you can also find various third-party tools scattered around the net).
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You'll also need an OS boot disk to create the initial partition(s), but you can format the partitions (FAT or NTFS) once they have been mounted.
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Instead of using an Eval copy of VMware Workstation, use the completely free VMware Server instead. [[User:WizardFusion|WizardFusion]] 23:42, 11 November 2006 (CET)

Latest revision as of 22:42, 11 November 2006

I've been trying to solve the network shares caveat, but unfortunately, even when you manage to get TrueCrypt running as a service it doesn't work.

However, whilst fiddling about I ran into some reliability problems with TrueCrypt, so I looked for an alternative solution.

What I came up with uses tools from VMware, namely the VMware Disk Mount utility and an evaluation version of VMWare Workstation 5.

The main differences between using VMWare and TrueCrypt is the size of the virtual disk files that are created. If you create a 500GB disk with TrueCrypt it occupies 500GB, even if there's nothing on it. VMWare virtual disks expand as they are filled, so an empty 500GB volume will only take up a few MB.

Obviously, using VMware doesn't encrypt the data, but if you don't need this level of security it's a good option. As far as I can tell, the VMWare software uses substantially less system resources.

You can get the VMWare software from http://www.vmware.com (the VMWare virtual disk format is open, so you can also find various third-party tools scattered around the net).

You'll also need an OS boot disk to create the initial partition(s), but you can format the partitions (FAT or NTFS) once they have been mounted.


Instead of using an Eval copy of VMware Workstation, use the completely free VMware Server instead. WizardFusion 23:42, 11 November 2006 (CET)