Edit local security settings

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To edit local security settings

  1. Open Local Security Settings.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • To edit Password Policy or Account Lockout Policy, in the console tree, click Account Policies.

    • To edit an Audit Policy, User Right Assignment, or Security Options, in the console tree, click Local Policies.

  3. In the console tree, click the folder that contains the policy you want to modify, and then, in the details pane, double-click the policy that you want to modify.

  4. Make the changes you want and click OK.

  5. To change other policies, repeat the three previous steps.


  • To open Local Security Policy, click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Local Security Policy.

  • If you would like to edit the security settings for file system, registry, and system services on the local computer, you must first edit the changes in a security template and then configure the computer using Security Configuration and Analysis.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

See Also


Local Security Policy
Account and local policies
Checklist: Securing computers using Security Configuration Manager
Security Setting Descriptions
Assign user rights for your local computer