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Use of Group Policy to Configure Security

You can use Group Policy to manage security settings quite effectively on a Windows Server 2008 network. An enhanced range of security options is available, with settings designed for both user and computer configuration. Microsoft continues to expand the available range of security policies, compared to those included with previous versions of Windows Server. The most significant new addition to security settings in the original version of Windows Server 2008 and continued in Windows Server 2008 R2 is that of fine-grained password policies, which enable you to set different password policies for different portions of your Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) domain.

Group Policy in Windows Server 2008 includes a large range of security options designed for both user and computer configuration. As shown in Figure 13-1, most of these security settings are applied to the Computer Configuration section in the Group Policy Management Editor. This section is mainly concerned with account policies.


  

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