Windows Server 2003 Security Cookbook: Security Solutions and Scripts for System Administrators

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", 2005 - Computers - 494 pages
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In the last few years, security has become a hot-button issue for IT organizations of all sizes. Accordingly, many of the security features that were either optional or suspect in Windows 2000 have become solid, effective fixtures in Windows Server 2003-making it the most secure operating system Microsoft has ever produced. That is, if you know how to configure it properly.

The Windows Server 2003 Security Cookbook wants to make sure that you do know how. Picking up right where its predecessor, the Windows Server Cookbook, left off, this desktop companion is focused solely on Windows Server security. It teaches you how to perform important security tasks in the Windows Server 2003 OS using specific and adaptable recipes. Each recipe features a brief description of the problem, a step-by-step solution, and then a discussion of the technology at work. Whenever possible, the authors even tell you where to look for further information on a recipe.

The book is written in a highly modular format, with each chapter devoted to one or more technologies that Windows Server 2003 provides. This approach allows you to look up a task or scenario that you want to accomplish, find that page, and read that particular recipe only. Topics include:

  • System preparation and administration
  • Protecting the computer at the TCP/IP level
  • Applying security options to Active Directory
  • Improving security on domain controllers
  • Securing DHCP controllers
  • Encrypting and signing network traffic using IPSec
  • Patch management

If you're an intermediate or advanced system administrator who wants to feel secure when deploying Windows Server 2003 and its related services, then you don't want to be without the Windows Server 2003 Security Cookbook.

 

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Contents

Getting Started
1
System Preparation and Administration
19
TCPIP
42
Encrypting File System
56
Active Directory
75
Group Policy
96
Security Templates
130
Domain Controllers
153
File and Print Servers
264
IPsec
280
Internet Information Services
314
RRAS and IAS
337
Terminal Services and Remote Desktop
354
Public Key Infrastructure and Certificates
373
Auditing
412
Event Logs
433

User and Computer Accounts
167
Rights and Permissions
199
Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol
218
Domain Name System
232
Patch Management
451
Index
481
Copyright

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Mike Danseglio is a program manager in the Security Solutions group at Microsoft Corporation, and has worked in the areas of security and technology for the last decade. He holds several technical certifications including MCSE and CISSP. Mike's work includes developing and teaching extensive security training on topics such as cryptography, security technology, and attacks and countermeasures. Among his recent projects are writing security documentation for Windows XP and the Windows Server 2003 family, as well as working on a host of white papers and articles. Mike also works on security feature development for Microsoft Windows.

Robbie Allen is a Technical Leader at Cisco Systems where he has been involved in the deployment of Active Directory, DNS, DHCP, and several Network Management solutions. He enjoys working on Unix and Windows, and his favorite programming language is Perl. Robbie was named a Windows Server MVP in 2004 and 2005 for his contributions to the Windows community and publication of several popular O'Reilly books. Robbie is currently studying at MIT in the System Design and Management program.

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