EFS Processes

Before addressing the PKI-related design decisions for EFS, it's important to understand how EFS protects data on a Windows 2000, Windows XP, or Windows Server 2003 computer. This section looks at the following processes:

■ How Windows chooses an EFS encryption certificate.

■ The EFS encryption process for a local file.

■ The EFS encryption process for files stored on a remote file server.

■ The EFS encryption process for files stored using WebDAV.

■ The EFS decryption process.

■ The EFS recovery process.

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