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How to migrate from Drive Encryption to Management of Native Encryption
Technical Articles ID:   KB82544
Last Modified:  7/9/2019


McAfee Drive Encryption (DE) 7.x
McAfee Management of Native Encryption (MNE)all supported versions

For details of MNE supported environments, see KB79375.


Existing DE customers can migrate to MNE. The process in this article explains how to perform the migration with minimal effort from both the user and administrator.

MNE for BitLocker is a secondary option for both new and existing DE customers. One of the goals is to provide an option for basic encryption only, especially if you already use BitLocker on all or some of your endpoints. One application of MNE for a Windows system is to allow ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO) to manage small clusters of systems that you can't currently manage with DE. For example, Windows to Go or Surface Pro devices.


  • DE: Begin the migration on a system that is already encrypted with supported DE version.
  • McAfee Agent (MA): Make sure that the minimum version of MA is installed. Supported versions of MA for a Windows client include MA 5.0 and later. If it is not installed, deploy MA before proceeding.
  1. Deploy MNE to the client system with the appropriate policy settings that meet your company environment.

    • The system can have both DE and MNE installed at the same time.
    • MNE can't enable BitLocker on a client system if DE is installed.
  2. Deactivate and uninstall DE. For more information, see the appropriate product guide.

    For McAfee product documents, go to the Enterprise Product Documentation portal at https://docs.mcafee.com.
  3. To confirm that it is uninstalled, monitor the progress of the removal of DE in the ePO dashboard. 

    NOTE: After DE is uninstalled, MNE will automatically enable BitLocker at the next policy enforcement.

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