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Microsoft® SharePoint™ 2003 Unleashed, Second Edition by Michael Noel, Colin Spence

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Securing the SharePoint Portal Server 2003's SQL Server Database

SQL Server has a strong relationship with SharePoint Portal Server 2003 because it is the back-end to SharePoint. The SharePoint configuration and content databases are stored in SQL Server. Therefore, it is highly recommended to follow security best practices on SQL Server to minimize vulnerabilities.

The enforcement of SQL Server security should be one of the most important tasks SQL Server database administrators commit themselves to, especially in today's insecure computing world. At present, there are numerous SQL Server security best practices that should be followed. The following sections discuss some of them.

SA Account and Strong Password

It is common to find SQL Server ...

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