WINDOWS SERVER 2003 SECURITY GUIDE

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Download free Windows Server 2003 Security Guide.pdf Welcome to the Windows Server 2003 Security Guide. This guide is designed to provide you with the best information available to assess and counter security risks in your organization that are specific to Microsoft® Windows Server™ 2003 with Service Pack 1 (SP1). The chapters in this guide provide detailed guidance about how to enhance security setting configurations and features in Windows Server 2003 with SP1 wherever possible to address threats that you have identified in your environment. This guide was created for systems engineers, consultants and network administrators who work in a Windows Server 2003 with SP1 environment. This guide was reviewed and approved by Microsoft engineering teams, consultants, support engineers, as well as customers and partners. Microsoft worked with consultants and systems engineers who have implemented Windows Server 2003, Windows® XP, and Windows 2000 in a variety of environments to help establish the latest best practices to secure these servers and clients. This best practice information is described in detail in this guide.

Whatever your environment, you are strongly advised to be serious about security issues. Many organizations underestimate the value of their information technology (IT) environment, often because they exclude substantial indirect costs. If an attack on the servers in your environment is severe enough, it could significantly damage the entire organization. For example, an attack in which your organization’s Web site is brought down could cause a major loss of revenue or customer confidence, which could affect your organization’s profitability. When you evaluate security costs, you should include the indirect costs that are associated with any attack in addition to the costs of lost IT functionality. Vulnerability, risk, and exposure analysis with regard to security informs you of the tradeoffs between security and usability that all computers are subject to in a networked environment. This guide documents the major security countermeasures that are available in Windows Server 2003 with SP1, the vulnerabilities that they address, and the potential negative consequences (if any) of each countermeasure's implementation. The guide then provides specific recommendations about how to harden computers that run Windows Server 2003 with SP1 in three distinct enterprise environments. The Legacy Client (LC) environment must support older operating systems such as Windows 98. The Enterprise Client (EC) environment is one in which Windows 2000 is the earliest version of the Windows operating system in use. The third environment is one in which concern about security is so great that significant loss of client functionality and manageability is considered an acceptable tradeoff to achieve the highest level of security. This third environment is known as the Specialized Security – Limited Functionality (SSLF) environment. Every effort has been made to make this information well organized and easily accessible so that you can quickly find and determine which settings are suitable for the computers in your organization. Although this guide is targeted at the enterprise customer, much of it is appropriate for organizations of any size.

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