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Windows Server 2012 R2 is considered to be secure out-of-the-box, but that doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement. Microsoft's default server configuration aims to provide a reasonable balance between usability and security, but properly designed and managed systems can be further secured by tightening default settings and shutting off access to unused features.

In this webinar, Russell Smith explains how to use Microsoft's free Security Compliance Manager (SCM) tool to create and deploy your own security baselines, including user and computer authentication settings. By the end of the session, you will have learned how to:

  • Update the security templates included with the tool.
  • Create a custom template based on one of Microsoft's default templates.
  • Compare templates and add new configuration settings.
  • Create a Group Policy Object (GPO) from a custom template.
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Russell Smith

Independent IT & Security Consultant and Author of "Least Privilege Security for Windows 7, Vista and XP (Packt)"

Russell Smith specializes in the management and security of Microsoft-based IT systems. In addition to blogging about Windows and Active Directory for the Petri IT Knowledgebase, Russell is a Contributing Editor at CDW’s Biztech Magazine.

Russell has more than 15 years of experience in IT, has written a book on Windows security, co-authored one for Microsoft’s Official Academic Course (MOAC) series and has delivered several courses for Pluralsight.