To take advantage of the Trusted Platform Module Services architecture, a computer running Windows Vista must be equipped with a compatible TPM and compatible BIOS. Windows Vista supports TPM version 1.2 and requires Trusted Computing Group (TCG)–compliant BIOS. BIOS that is TCG-compliant is BIOS that supports the Static Root of Trust Measurement specification as defined by the Trusted Computing Group. You can learn more about this specification at http://www.trustedcomputinggroup.org.
The TPM Services architecture in Windows Vista provides the basic features required to configure and deploy TPM-equipped computers. This architecture can be extended by using BitLocker Drive Encryption, which is discussed in detail in the “Using BitLocker Drive Encryption” section later in this chapter.
You manage the TPM by using the Trusted Platform Module Management console, shown in Figure 11-1. To start this console, follow these steps:
Click Start, point to All Programs, Accessories, and then click Run.
Type tpm.msc in the Open text box, and then click Enter.
Manage the computer’s TPM configuration by using the commands listed under Actions.
Figure 11-1: Managing the TPM by using the Trusted Platform Module Management console