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Microsoft® Windows® Group Policy Guide by William R. Stanek, Derek Melber, Darren Mar-Elia, The Microsoft Group Policy Team

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Server Hardening

Server hardening consists of creating a baseline for the security on your servers in your organization. The default configurations of a Windows Server 2003 computer are not designed with security as the primary focus. Rather, a default installed computer is designed for communication and functionality. To protect your servers, you must establish solid and sophisticated security policies for all types of servers in your organization.

In this section, we will discuss the basic security baseline for a member server that is running in a Windows Server 2003 Active Directory domain. We will also discuss the best-practice security configurations in the security templates, starting with the generic best practices that apply to most member ...

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