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Windows Server 2003 Security: A Technical Reference by Roberta Bragg

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Deploying Secure Domain Controllers

One of the best ways to ensure secure domain controllers is to install them securely configured to start and to deploy them in a secure manner. The DC is secured before it is placed into production. Many of these security steps can be incorporated into an automated installation process.

Best Practices for DC Deployment

Five distinct sets of steps must be completed to bring up a DC securely:

  • Practice secure preparation steps

  • Use a secure installation procedure

  • Secure the server post installation, but prior to dcpromo

  • Use a secure dcpromo process and secure the server during dcpromo

  • Secure the server post dcpromo

Preparation

Before a domain controller is established on the network, prepare for its installation. ...

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