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With the success of computer viruses like Slammer, security issues are now a top priority for Windows system administrators, right alongside day-to-day tasks such as setting up accounts and managing performance. If you use Windows 2003 Server at a small to medium-sized organization, or use Microsoft's Small Business Server, this thorough yet concise tutorial offers the hands-on advice you need for securing your network.Modern network operating systems include bundled services that range from traditional file and ...
With the success of computer viruses like Slammer, security issues are now a top priority for Windows system administrators, right alongside day-to-day tasks such as setting up accounts and managing performance. If you use Windows 2003 Server at a small to medium-sized organization, or use Microsoft's Small Business Server, this thorough yet concise tutorial offers the hands-on advice you need for securing your network.Modern network operating systems include bundled services that range from traditional file and print sharing and Internet services to authentication, directory and remote access services each a potential security vulnerability as well as a capability. Securing Windows Server 2003 shows you how to put Windows security tools to work, and how to run the server's subsystems to protect users and resources. But that's just the beginning.Network security needs to be well thought-out, not treated as a fire drill when a threat occurs. This book focuses primarily on ways to plan and implement a secure operating environment. Microsoft security veteran Mike Danseglio uses real-world examples to show you how various security concepts relate to your own system, including:
Chapter 1: Introduction to Windows Server 2003 Security
Chapter 2: Basics of Computer Security
Chapter 3: Physical Security
Chapter 4: File System Security
Chapter 5: Group Policy and Security Templates
Chapter 6: Running Secure Code
Chapter 7: Authentication
Chapter 8: IP Security
Chapter 9: Certificates and Public Key Infrastructure
Chapter 10: Smart Card Technology
Chapter 11: DHCP and DNS Security
Chapter 12: Internet Information Services Security
Chapter 13: Active Directory Security
Chapter 14: Remote Access Security
Chapter 15: Auditing and Ongoing Security
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Posted November 16, 2005
Are you savvy about security in the Windows Server 2003 operating system? If not, this book is for you! Author Mike Danseglio, has done an outstanding job of writing a great book that shows you how to put security to work on behalf of your organization and your users. Danseglio begins by setting the stage for the rest of the book by providing an introduction to Windows Server 2003. Next, the author covers basic computer security concepts, including cryptography and fundamental practices for security administrators. Then, he covers various aspects of physical security, which is essential for any data security to succeed. The author continues by dealing with securing files with Encrypting File System and other file oriented technologies. In addition, the author next focuses on using Group Policy as a security tool and utilizing Security Templates. He also discusses ways you can protect against running bad applications. Next, the author covers the various authentication protocols supported by Windows Server 2003, including Kerberos. Then, he examines IP Security and its proper deployment to secure network communication. The author continues by conducting an exhaustive examination of PKI and certificate-based cryptography. In addition, the author covers smart card technologies and their proper deployment. He also focuses on the grotesque lack of security in DHCP and DNS technologies and how you can try to shore them up. Next, the author covers Internet Information Services security, or the lack thereof. Then, he examines Active Directory design and operation from a security standpoint, including proper planning and deployment as well as, securing data between domain controllers. The author continues by covering the security features of Remote Access, including dial-up and VPN connectivity. Finally, he covers additional topics such as administrative security, patch management, and auditing. With the preceding in mind, the author has also done an excellent job of writing a book that covers Windows Server 2003 and some amount of Windows XP security. But, in order to understand Windows based security, the author has also made sure that non-Windows security topics like physical security, security policy and risk management were covered.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 22, 2004
With the increasing problems of attacks against computers, sysadmins who run Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 need to keep their guard up. The strong market share of servers using this operating system makes them attractive targets. So Donseglio offers timely and prudent actions you can easily understand and implement. The book goes into various aspects for you to check. Like safely implementing a public key infrastructure, and receiving and issuing certificates. Plus it talks about the perils of a system thread running insecure code. He recommends that you only run third party code that is signed by a reputable authority. Specifically, you should take every precaution if you get a new device driver. On this OS, and indeed on any OS, device drivers have an intimate and low level relationship with it and with the hardware. A rogue device driver might be able to cause physical damage. So beware!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.