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Server Security Policy Management

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2

Security policy is the configurable set of rules that the operating system follows when determining the permissions to grant in response to a request for access to resources.

Security Policy Settings

A security policy is a combination of security settings that affect the security on a computer. Security policy settings are defined by Group Policy Objects (GPOs) that can be set at either the local computer level or the domain level.

  • Server Security Policy Management in Windows Server 2008

    This technical overview focuses on how the Security Configuration Wizard (SCW) and the Scwcmd command-line tool, Security Templates snap-in, and Security Configuration and Analysis snap-in have changed in Windows Server 2008.

  • Server Security Policy Management Technical Reference

    This technical reference describes what server security policy management includes in Windows Server 2008 and the tools you can use to help keep your servers secure. It contains information about how the security policy settings that you apply are processed. It also provides references for more information about the tools and security policy settings.

  • Security Policy Settings Reference

    This reference of security settings provides information about how to implement and manage security policies, including setting options and security considerations.

Software Restriction Policies

Software restriction policies provide administrators with a policy-driven mechanism for identifying the software programs running on computers in a domain and for controlling the ability of those programs to run.

Resultant Set of Policy (RSoP)

The Resultant Set of Policy (RSoP) snap-in allows you to create detailed reports about applied security policy settings.

  • Resultant Set of Policy

    This overview describes RSoP and contains a link to detailed information in the Windows Server Technical Library.