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Microsoft® Windows® Security Resource Kit, Second Edition by The Microsoft Security Team, Brian Komar, Ben Smith

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How Security Templates Work

All computers that run Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000, or Windows XP have a local GPO that includes security settings and is applied when the computer starts up. You can also configure security templates by using Group Policy at the site, domain, and OU levels.

Applying Security Templates to a Local Computer

Security templates provide the base security for computers running Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000, or Windows XP and are applied when the computers are upgraded from Windows NT or during installation. Computers running Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000, or Windows XP include the Security Templates Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in, which enables you to optimize the baseline security of a local ...

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