9.5. Understanding Security Configuration and Analysis Tools

The power and flexibility of Windows-based operating systems are both benefits and liabilities. On the plus side, the many configuration options available allow users and systems administrators to modify and customize settings. On the negative side, however, when systems administrators allow all users full functionality, problems can arise. For example, novice users might attempt to delete critical system files or incorrectly uninstall programs to free up disk space.

So how can you prevent these types of problems? One method is to control the types of actions that users can perform. Because you can configure most settings for the Windows Server 2008 interface in the Registry, you could ...

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