Monday, May 23, 2005

Security Configuration Wizard in Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1

It is no secret that Microsoft needs to work on security for their operating systems. It is also no secret that many of their attempts to date have not worked as seamlessly as they have originally intended. However, Microsoft is finally onto something with the introduction of the new Security Configuration Wizard, which is bundled with Windows Server 2003 service pack 1.
The Wizard works in conjunction with security policies. The resulting security policies can be applied to any server on your network, allowing for consistency and stability of the security settings on all servers. The security policies are created based on a baseline server. Once the security policy is created, it can be applied to the baseline server, or any other server in the organization.
In this article, we will go over the options that you have as you maneuver through the Security Configuration Wizard, starting with the options of how to manipulate the security policies. We will also cover key areas that are targeted by the Wizard, including services, network security, registry settings, administration and other server responsibilities. Read more here.

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