Securing Windows Server 2003
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: November 2004
Pages: 448

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:

  • File System Security
  • Group Policy and security templates
  • Running secure code
  • Authentication
  • IP security
  • Public Key Certificates and Public Key Infrastructure
  • Smart Card technology
  • DHCP and DNS security
  • Internet Information Services security
  • Active Directory security
  • Remote access security
  • Security audits
  • Sending secure email, and more
Many chapters include a debate, in which fictional protagonists discuss the pros and cons of a particular strategy or solution. These debates provide an objective look at competing methodologies, so you can select the solutions that best fit your network. Read this book cover to cover to create and implement a security plan, or use individual chapters as stand-alone lessons. Either way, Securing Windows Server 2003 will guide you safely through the morass of security threats.
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The book is very thorough. Mike Danseglio really knows his stuff and he knows how to impart it in a practical and comprehensible way. If you are responsible for a Windows 2003 server then everything you really need to know and implement on a day to day basis is in here. He takes you from a simple description of what security really is and means, to the unspoken and over looked security problems and solutions of DHCP, DNS and IIS and much, much more. This book covers the total nature of creating an environment which maintains an acceptable level of security. It doesn't kid you that you can make any system 100% secure, but it gives you the peace of mind that comes from knowing exactly what your exposure is at the end of your security policy implementation. It takes each physical and programatical security issue of a Windows 2003 environment (though most of the advise could be applied to any computing environment), points out the security loop holes and tells you what your options are for plugging them, from newer ideas like smart cards to good practices, securing your network protocols and using encryption.

Some of the book explores the varying options for security implementation on any given security issue, bringing you to the understanding that there is no one right answer and that making a system usable is directly contrary to making it secure, so you have to strike the right balance and be proactive as well as reactive.Conclusion:

Read it cover to cover, go through it systematically to secure your entire server or use it as a reference for specific items you want to secure. You won't be sorry you bought this book. If you only buy one Security book this year, make it this one.

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