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Pause/Resume FDE authentication via command line

A pre-boot authentication screen appears every time the user attempts to boot the device with Full Disk Encryption. Users can pause the pre-boot authentication screen, usually when Windows updates require a reboot.



ESET Full Disk Encryption 1.3.0.x version

ESET Full Disk Encryption installation must be activated

The system must be connected to ESET PROTECT On-Prem console via the ESET Management Agent

The system must be encrypting or encrypted

1.Open an elevated command prompt.

2.Navigate to C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET Full Disk Encryption, then run the command efdeais / command= with one of the commands - pause_authentication or resume_authentication. Alternatively, you can use one command for both the location and the command: C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET Full Disk Encryption efdeais / command=pause_authentication.

When you use the pause_authentication command, you must specify the condition to pause the FDE authentication via a number of reboots, seconds, minutes, hours or a specific time. Examples:

efdeais /

efdeais /command=pause_authentication.seconds.30

efdeais /command=pause_authentication.minutes.10

efdeais /command=pause_authentication.hours.1

efdeais /command=pause_authentication.time.1617147114

Use unix time stamp to specify the time mode.

When you use the resume_authentication command, you do not need to specify any additional parameters. Resuming the authentication will display the FDE authentication screen on the next boot.

3.If the command is successful, Command successful appears in the command line, and ESET Full Disk Encryption will state that FDE authentication is disabled.