Keeping Windows 2000 Safe
Refer to this volume for the hardcore details on
Windows 2000 security and how to manage it effectively.
- By Travis Garriss
- February 01, 2001
This book provides clear technical explanations
surrounding Windows 2000 security, getting to
the meat of the issue and leaving product overviews
and marketing hype behind. Instead of being a
general survey geared toward the aspiring MCSE
or casual reader, it's a serious technical work
intended for the network administrator who needs
information on Win2K security. As such, it excels.
When you open the book, the first thing you notice
is a removable, cardboard quick-reference guide.
Besides a catalogue of commands and switches,
the author provides a list of relevant organizations
and URLs. These will prove helpful should you
need clarification or additional information on
a topic covered within the text.
The book is organized into chapters that each
cover a particular Win2K security feature. The
chapter titles carry the names of these features
and cover the following: Active Directory and
ACLs, Group Policy, Security Protocols, Encrypting
File System, Public Keys, Certificate Services,
Mapping Certificates to User Accounts, Smart Cards,
IP Security, VPNs, and Security Configuration
and Analysis Tools. Subheadings are straightforward.
Within the VPN chapter, for example, you'll find
information on "Specifying A VPN Strategy" and
"Configuring A VPN Server." The author clearly
states what's covered and gives ample direction
to find what you need.
In the book's first chapter, you're presented
with an overview of Win2K security features. Each
feature is thoroughly defined without delving
into how to implement it. View this chapter as
the foundation upon which the rest of the chapters
The volume's remaining 360-plus pages provide
the technical details missing in the introduction.
The author goes into the specifics of the given
security topic and then leads you through the
mouse clicks required to utilize what's been covered
in the previous pages. The step-by-step guides
are helpful, and the exhaustive lists of switches
and options are perfect for the tech in the trenches.
The book also is cross-referenced, making it even
This volume serves as an excellent reference,
and I strongly recommend it to any administrator
who deals with Win2K security or AD. The technical
information is detailed and thorough, and the
references are relevant and useful. It's certainly
a welcome addition to my library and has already
provided solutions to real-world problems on more
than one occasion.
Travis Garriss, MCSE+I, MCT, owns Managed Support Services, a consulting firm. Travis specializes in Exchange, storage area networks and Internet architectures.