Checking the encryption and installation status of a Sophos SafeGuard Disk Encryption workstation using sgestate.exe

  • Article ID: 109376
  • Updated: 01 Oct 2010

Sophos SafeGuard Disk Encryption 4.60

Client OS

Windows 2000 Professional SP4, Windows XP SP3

Server OS



How to check the encryption and installation status of a Sophos SafeGuard Disk Encryption workstation using sgestate.exe?


In most cases the local information about a Sophos SafeGuard Disk Encryption client such as installation configuration or encryption status are displayed using
the local administration or Sophos ecview.exe which automatically shows the encryption status during a running encryption (in case it isn't disabled -> see SGI 109214, "How to disable ECView.exe at encryption/decryption process").

Nevertheless this information can also be monitored using the tool SGEState.exe which can be found within the local installation folder of Sophos SafeGuard Disk Encryption. This tool can be called from any command line batch or scheduler as well as the other programs.

Please check the help option of SGEState (SGEState.exe /?) for a detailed list of commands that are available.

The example below shows two main features of this program:

1. You can write a Sophos SafeGuard Disk Encryption status overview to a log file
2. You can add the current encryption status as an extra key to the registry that can be evaluated by any software deployment tool.

The above mentioned actions can be included within a logon script that could be like this for example:

C:\Program Files\Sophos\SafeGuard Disk Encryption\SGEState.exe /r /l >[Pathname like c:\]\%computername%\%date%.log

Using the above mentioned solutions gives an administrator or a local user with administrative rights the possibility to manage one ore more Sophos SafeGuard Disk Encryption workstations without having to use any graphical interface.

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