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Security Configuration Wizard

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

Security Configuration Wizard (SCW) is an attack-surface reduction tool included with Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2008. SCW guides administrators in creating security policies based on the minimum functionality required for a server's role or roles.

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Getting Started

Installed Help

  • Security Configuration Wizard

    The Help describes how to use SCW and provides information to assist you in making decisions about role-based service configuration settings, network security settings, registry settings, and audit policy settings that are included in the security policy created by SCW.

Additional Resources

  • Security Watch: The Security Configuration Wizard

    This April 2007 TechNet Magazine article by John Morello discusses SCW as it is used in Windows Server 2003 and its evolution for Windows Server 2008.

  • Windows Server 2008 Security Discussion Forum

    Visit the discussion forum to look for answers to questions about SCW. Type SCW in the search field to see discussions that refer to SCW.

  • Solution Accelerators TechCenter

    Visit the Solution Accelerators TechCenter to browse for solutions and guidance on many different scenarios. The security guidance provided for Windows Server 2008 will help you as you create security policies with SCW.