Overlooked security in Windows Server 2008

In this series, Windows expert Don Jones breaks down some crucial security issues that all administrators should consider before deploying Windows Server 2008, with details on Windows PowerShell, Server Core and Network Access Protection.

As with any operating system, security is one of the most important things to consider when running Microsoft Windows Server 2008. Still, well much has been made about read-only domain controllers and other Windows 2008 features, there are also some other, "less talked about" areas that should not be overlooked. In this series, Windows expert Don Jones breaks down some of those crucial security issues that all administrators should consider before deploying Windows Server 2008, with details on Windows PoweShell, Server Core and Network Access Protection.

Part 1

Windows PowerShell: A backdoor to malware?
Sure, Windows PowerShell is great for automating tasks, but it can also pose a serious security risk if you aren't careful. Learn to diffuse the situation in Windows Server 2008.

Part 2

Easing security concerns with Server Core for Windows 2008
While the Server Core option for Windows 2008 comes secure out of the box, an improper configuration can leave your system vulnerable. Follow these steps to ensure peak security when running Server Core.

Part 3

Network Access Protection in Windows Server 2008: Should you care?
Network Access Protection might not be as flashy as some of Windows 2008's other new features, but admins still shouldn't overlook the security benefits it has to offer.

Don Jones is a co-founder of Concentrated Technology LLC, the author of more than 30 IT books and a speaker at technical conferences worldwide. Contact him through his website at www.ConcentratedTech.com .

This was first published in November 2008

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