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Implementing, Monitoring, and Troubleshooting Security

Security is one of the primary functions of a 2000 Server. Keeping data secure and monitoring access of the data is paramount. To do this, you'll need a grasp of NTFS permissions and Share permissions. For sensitive data, EFS (Encrypting File System) has to be implemented.

For monitoring the access, you'll need to know how to establish an auditing policy. Determine what data will be audited and what types of qualifiers you will enforce in the policy. Recall that auditing results are viewed through the Event Viewer's Security log.

One of the most powerful tools in Windows 2000 is system policy. You will need a clear understanding of the way system policies are enforced in both mixed mode and native mode. Know how to troubleshoot local and system policy, and which policy setting will take precedence.

Finally, it would behoove you to understand security templates and how each template can have different levels of impact on your domain.


Study Hint: Create a system policy for users and then test the policy by logging on as different users.

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