Fast Guide: Active Directory security

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Fast Guide: Active Directory security

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Brendan Cournoyer, Assistant Site Editor Windows Active Directory has become one of the key components to enterprise management, and many companies use it to control large portions of their networks. With so many factors dependent on the successful administration of AD, security is especially important. This guide offers plenty of must-know tips on maintaining a secure AD environment, starting with the basics and moving on to more advanced practices. We'll be updating this page from time to time, so be sure to come back often to see what's new. Also, feel free to contact us and let us know what else you'd like to see included in this guide.
-- Brendan Cournoyer, Assistant Site Editor

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   Basic AD security
   Best practices
   Group Policy security
   Answers from our experts



  Basic AD security  Return to Table of Contents
  • Securing your Active Directory network
    Derek Melber investigates the security of your Active Directory database and the objects that exist within the database.
  • Chapter of the Week: Inside Active Directory: A System Administrator's Guide -- Chapter 4, 'Securing Active Directory'
    Active Directory (AD) has access control features that facilitate the management of access to various elements in the directory. After briefly giving some background on AD access control, this chapter describes how permissions work to protect each AD object. The chapter also introduces scenarios that illustrate the kinds of permissions you can use in different practical situations and ways to implement these permissions.
  • Handling patch emergencies
    Managing an Active Directory environment means juggling hordes of Microsoft patches, which is even more precarious for domain controllers (DC).
  • Securing Windows 2000 Active Directory, part 1
    Protecting Active Directory's integrity is paramount. This article will focus on Active Directory security and will be written in two parts. Active Directory is the Windows 2000 information repository that needs to be kept very secure. Active Directory has vital service dependencies, such as DNS, that change the scope of what needs to remain secure. This white paper focuses on actions that you can take in order to safeguard the Active Directory service.
  • Securing Windows 2000 Active Directory, part 2
    Protecting Active Directory's integrity is paramount. This article, the second in a three-part series, focuses on Active Directory security. This white paper explains how important it is to have a contingency plan in case of a disaster.
  • Securing Windows 2000 Active Directory, part 3
    This article will focus on the Active Directory process. As part of securing Active Directory, backup and restoration are paramount in recovering AD.



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  Group Policy security  Return to Table of Contents



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