The following is a four-part series on network security by IT expert Derek Melber. The series covers several areas of Active Directory security, including tips on how to protect your domain controllers, secure domain user accounts, common delegation scenarios and the most beneficial ways to use Group Policy.
Read on to learn about these useful tools and more to help keep your Active Directory network as secure as possible. And remember, if you still have questions when you're done, you can
Part 1: Make sure you have a secure Active Directory network by securing domain controllers
Part 2: Securing your Active Directory network
Part 3: Keep your domain user accounts in check or suffer the consequences
Part 4: Group Policy: The final consideration in securing Active Directory
10 tips in 10 minutes: Windows IT management
Tip 1: The long-range plan for 64-bit hardware
Tip 2: A Window into interoperability
Tip 3: Third-party software: Do you need it?
Tip 4: Buy 64-bit now; you won't regret it
Tip 5: Maintaining a secure Active Directory network
Tip 6: Firewalls can help or hurt, so plan carefully
Tip 7: Weak passwords can make your company vulnerable
Tip 8: Keys to finalizing your Active Directory migration
Tip 9: Network safety relies on reaction time to Patch Tuesday
Tip 10: Make friends with your security auditors
Derek Melber, MCSE, MVP, and CISM, is the director of compliance solutions for DesktopStandard Corp. He has written the only books on auditing Windows security available at The Institute of Internal Auditors' bookstore. He also wrote the Group Policy Guide for Microsoft Press -- the only book Microsoft has written on Group Policy. You can contact Melber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This was first published in October 2005