Important security considerations


Important security considerations
Adesh Rampat

This tip actually takes the form of two short tips having to do with security of your Windows network. Adesh discusses hiding your network servers and logging off users automatically.

These are fairly basic security techniques. But, on the other hand, it's always good to refresh your memory if you know about them. And if you don't, you can learn something new.

Hide network servers

Hide network servers from the Network Neighborhood. Using either of the following options removes the server from the browser list. However it may take up to one hour for the server to disappear from the browser listing.

Option 1

At the command prompt type: net config server /hidden:yes
This does not require you to reboot the server.

Option 2

From the registry

Run regedt
Go to:
Add a new key with the following attributes:
Value Name: Hidden
Data Type: REG_DWORD
Value Data: 1 (1=enable, 0=disable)

When completed reboot the server.

Automatically logging off users

In some organizations, there may be part-time employees or contractors employed who are designated certain restricted hours of logon. To ensure that the user/s are automatically logged off select:

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Forcibly disconnect remote user from server when logon hours expire check box.

This option can be located by selecting User Manager for Domains > Highlight the user account, then select Policies > Account.

Adesh Rampat has 10 years experience with network and IT administration. He is a member of the Association Of Internet Professionals, the Institute For Network Professionals, and the International Webmasters Association. He has also lectured extensively on a variety of topics.

This was first published in April 2002

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