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    • Securing File and Print Servers

      Securing File and Print Servers

      The file server role stores data for network users, and provides access to users for files stored on the file server. File servers enable users to store files in a centralized location and share files with another user. The print server role provides network printing capabilities for the network. Through the print server role, you

    • Understanding and Designing a Public Key Infrastructure

      Understanding and Designing a Public Key Infrastructure

      An Introduction to the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) It has grown more important to ensure the confidentiality and integrity for data communication where an organization's network contains intranets, extranets, and Internet Web sites. Because of the connectivity of networks today, an organization's network is exposed to unauthorized users who could possibly attempt to access and

    • Understanding Certificate Authorities

      Understanding Certificate Authorities

      An Overview on Certificate Authorities In the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), digital certificates are based on public key cryptography. The PKI consists of a set of components, policies, protocols, and technologies that provide data authentication, integrity, and confidentiality through the use of certificates, and public and private keys. Data is protected by applying a hashing

    • Defining a Baseline Security Template

      Defining a Baseline Security Template

      Security Templates Review A security template is collection of security configuration settings that can be applied to a domain controller, member server or a workstation. The settings within a security template control the security configuration of a computer through both local policies and group policies. A security template can be applied to a local computer,

    • Understanding and Implementing Smart Card Authentication

      Understanding and Implementing Smart Card Authentication

      An Overview on Authentication and Smart Cards Administrators have to secure the network from attacks launched by hackers, spies, terrorists, thieves and criminals. Security encompasses numerous technologies, protocols, standards, policies, passwords, and secret keys. All these mechanisms typically focus on the following: Authentication Access Control Data Protection Auditing/Accountability Authentication is the process by which an

    • How to Recover a Lost Windows Password

      How to Recover a Lost Windows Password

      There are several ways to recover a lost windows password. Hidden administrator account method, Windows installation disk, and third party software are some of the methods you can try. Hidden Administrator Account Method If using a custom user account, Windows automatically creates an “Administrator” account that is hidden from the user selection log in screen.

    • Resultant Set of Policies

      Resultant Set of Policies

      Group Policy Objects (GPOs) containing Group Policy settings can be linked to sites, domains, and organizational units (OUs), so that they are applied to user objects or computer objects located in the particular site, domain, or OU in Active Directory. Because of numerous Group Policy settings that exist, and the flexibility of group policies, Group

    • Implementing Account and Security Policies

      Implementing Account and Security Policies

      Understanding Security Policy Types With Windows Server 2003, you can implement and manage security settings at the following levels: Local computer (local security policies) Active Directory site, domain, or organizational unit (domain security policies) Local security policies are managed through Local Computer Group Policy Objects (GPOs), and domain security policies are managed through Group Policy

    • How to Enable the Windows Vista Administrator Account

      How to Enable the Windows Vista Administrator Account

      In Windows Vista, there is a difference between accounts with “computer administrator” privileges and the Administrator account. In the Administrator account, the User Account Control is disabled. Also, the Administrator account is present, but hidden and disabled by default. Please be aware that Vista Beta 2 has a bug that may cause big problems, if

    • How to Turn off User Account Control

      How to Turn off User Account Control

      Microsoft designed the Windows User Account Control and deployed it on the Windows Operating System (OS) in order to prevent unauthorized modifications to critical settings or programs on a computer running the Windows OS. Microsoft deployed User Account Control since Windows XP, and has continued to update the application in newer versions of Windows (such

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