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  • remote code execution (RCE)

    Remote code execution is a security vulnerability that allows an attacker to execute codes from a remote server. 

  • Microsoft Dynamic Access Control (DAC)

    Microsoft Dynamic Access Control (DAC) is a data governance tool in Windows Server 2012 that lets admins control the permission of access settings in an organization. 

  • peer-to-peer network (P2P network)

    A peer-to-peer (P2P) network is a network in which each computer functions as a client or server for other computers in the network. 

  • client-server network

    A client-server network is a communications model in which multiple client programs share the services of a common server program. 

  • MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate)

    MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate) is a certification program intended for people who seek entry-level jobs in an IT (information technology) environment. MCSA is a prerequisite for more advanced Microsoft certifications. 

  • controller

    A controller, in a computing context, is a hardware device or a software program that manages or directs the flow of data between two entities. In a general sense, a controller is just something or someone that interfaces between two systems and mana... 

  • icacls

    icacls is a command-line utility that can be used to modify NTFS file system permissions in Windows Server 2003 SP2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista and Windows 7. 

  • AccessChk

    AccessChk is a free Sysinternals command-line utility that shows what access a user or group of users has to a particular service, file, folder or registry key. 

  • AccessEnum

    AccessEnum is a free Sysinternals tool that offers administrators a view of the full file system and registry security settings to ensure that users have appropriate permissions to access files and directories. 

  • DirectAccess

    DirectAccess is a feature introduced in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 that uses automated IPv6 and IPSec tunnels to allow remote users to access private network resources whenever they are connected to the Internet. 

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    IT security consultant Kevin Beaver calls in to discuss why intrusion testing is a critical part of any IT security assessment – particularly for Windows environments. 

  • Using software restriction policies in Windows

    Software restriction policies are basically special group policies designed to keep users from installing unauthorized applications on network machines. In this short screencast, Brien M. Posey demonstrates how to enforce software restriction policie... 

  • Writing simple scripts and functions in Windows PowerShell

    In the last of our four-part series on working with PowerShell, this screencast explains how to write simple commands and utilize functionality with Microsoft's scripting language. 

  • Why you should plan Windows network security tests

    To all you admins who have been bitten by the procrastination bug, this tipcast is for you. Listen to security expert Kevin Beaver's eight main reasons to plan out your security testing far in advance and learn why waiting until the last minute could... 

  • What should I be asking a security vendor?

    It's important for your Windows shop to be well-equipped with not only the best security products, but for you to also be ready to ask security vendors the right questions. Check out this podcast featuring editor Dana Brunda... 

  • Windows Weekly Newscast: A new IE patch and more releases from Microsoft's Brendan Cournoyer recaps the most important Windows stories of the past week in the latest edition of our Windows Weekly Newscast. This week, listen to the latest on Microsoft's critical patch release for Internet Explorer, the new ... 

About Windows Server and Network Security

Security is one of the most important aspects of any Windows server operating system. This Windows server and network security topic page has the resources administrators need to keep their Windows environments safe and secure. With technical advice from Windows security experts, we have all the answers to your Windows server and network security needs. Get the latest server security news, tutorials and FAQs covering all of Microsoft's most recent server operating system releases – including Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 -- with details on the latest tools and best practices that every administrator should know.