Secure Windows 2003

With expert advice from Enterprise Networking Planet writers, you can lock down Windows, keep tabs on your network, and breathe a little easier.

Identify and Mitigate Windows DNS Threats

Best of ENP: If you're running Windows DNS on your network, here's what you need to know to secure it against some common threats. Grab the aspirin and pull up a seat.

Implement IPSec on Win2k3: Clients and Servers

Best of ENP: Adding IPSec to your network isn't all that hard and it's a good way to secure traffic, but is it worth the additional moving parts it introduces?

Implement IPSec on Windows Server 2003

With IPSec, you can encrypt network traffic and protect it from malicious users. With the first of our two part series, we tell you how to implement it on Windows Server 2003.

Lock Down IIS and SQL Server

Microsoft's IIS and SQL Server can provide tempting targets for malicious people. Our security checklist will help you lower your risk of attack.

Secure Your Distributed Windows Apps

Authentication and authorization in Windows-based distributed application environments are key to running a tight ship. Here's what you need to know.

You Can't Jot Down Fingerprints: Windows Beyond Passwords

Part Three: Strong passwords can do a lot, but what if your network needs an extra level of security? Here's how to get started with smartcards and biometrics in the Windows world.

Win2k3 Password Policies Lock Out the Badguys

Part Two: Biometrics and smart-cards are hot, but a sane password policy can do a lot to keep your network secure. Here's how to give would-be crackers the boot with the Win2k3 Account Lockout Policy.

Harden Your Windows Network with Strong Passwords

Part One: Many security-minded admins scoff at passwords as tissue-thin protection against malicious users. But with Windows 2003 Server's password policy tools, you can do a lot to tighten down your most basic line of defense.

For Win Wonks, Software Restriction is Good Policy

Software Restriction Policies, Part One: One way to head worms and trojan malware off at the pass is to keep them from running at all. With Win Server 2003 Software Restriction Policy management, you can do just that, flexibly, with no additional software, and with little change to your carefully tuned Active Directory configuration.

Eight Steps to a More Secure Win2k3 Server

Here's a list of eight steps you can take to tighten down your Windows 2003 server: Print it out, tape it to your cube wall, implement a few, and maybe you won't have to hear your pager over Thanksgiving dinner.

GPMC: The Best Windows Group Policy Manager Going

It sounds a little bold to say that the GPMC is the only tool you’ll ever need to manage group policy on your Windows Server 2003 system, but the reality is that it’s probably true.

Windows Security: Make SCAT Sing

Windows Security Configuration and Analysis Tool, Part Two: This week we revisit the Windows Server 2003 SCA tool to learn more about how to read what it's telling you, and how to set up your own baseline security templates.

Securing a Windows Server? Time to Talk SCAT.

Windows Security Configuration and Analysis Tool, Part One: With the Windows Server 2003 SCA Tool, you've got a valuable means to lock down your server. Here's how to use one of the best tools you may have never heard of.

Keep Tabs on Your Network Traffic

Is your network running at optimum performance? If you can't answer that question, you should check out the network monitoring tools included with Windows Server 2003.

Windows Server 2003 Security the Hard Way

Windows Server 2003 security implemented exclusively in software is often an inefficient approach. Explore the benefits of hardware-based cryptography options, with an emphasis on products from Rainbow-Chrysalis and nCipher.

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