Hiya folks – I am the publisher of the Microsoft Small Business Specialist Primer and I am happy to host my “virtual book readings” where I post up passages. So today we start a new chapter and talk about securing Windows Small Business Server 2003 (SBS). So let’s have a party!
Securing Windows Small
Business Server 2003
There is so much to say about security for Small Business Server 2003 (SBS, we could have started this chapter and written all the way to Timbuktu about it. The topic of security presents a particular challenge because the body of security knowledge changes daily. Bad guys and gals are constantly seeking to impart evil on computer networks and thwart the effective, efficient, and honorable use of technology for peaceful and profitable businesses. It’s a dark side of an otherwise sunny SBS 2003 disposition! Many small businesses today are using IT and rely heavily on the Internet for all aspects of communication—from simple e-mail to e-commerce transactions to VoIP—and sensitive information is constantly crossing networks. Most small businesses keep their data on a single server (or workstation) and don’t recognize the value of their data until it has been compromised. Vulnerabilities are numerous, from viruses and drive-by browser jackers to full-blown security breaches, and it’s beginning to feel like a Mad Max movie out there.
But, let’s not forget that you are reading this book for the purpose of mastering the 70-282 exam, and focus on the Microsoft way of securing SBS. So let’s keep this simple. What components does Microsoft offer to secure a Windows Server-based environment right out of the box? We can start with Authentication Protocols, Access Control Entries (ACEs), user and group accounts, group policies and security certificates, and work our way up all the way to ISA Server 2004.
Harry Brelsford, CEO at SMB Nation (www.smbnation.com)
MBA, MCSE, CNE, CLSE, CNP, MCP, MCT, SBSC (Microsoft Small Business Specialist)
PS – did you know my Windows Small Business Server 2008 (SBS 2008) book is almost here? Yes!